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  • Crazy Awesome: In the books of her fans, easily the best way to describe Mrs. Palmer.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The song "Oasis" from Who Killed Amanda Palmer. The narrator is a teen who gets drunk at a party, raped, and harassed first for getting an abortion and then for her former best friend spreading rumors about her. Said narrator deals with her trauma by focusing on her letter to Oasis, the band. Sounds like fuel for angst? But then pair it up with a chipper G major melody, happy backup singers, and some amusing props in the music video and you can understand why the audience laughs. It gets even funnier when Amanda at one live performance tried to sing it in a minor key, but only managed through the first verse before she said "Fuck it!" and sang it as originally planned.
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    • "New Zealand" features Amanda talking about a missed period and her public hair turning grey. She even lampshades this in the closing lyrics since "That's what happens when you ask me to write a song about your country in twenty minutes".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • "The Vegemite Song" is a comedic song about how Amanda loves Neil Gaiman but doesn't understand his love for the "Death paste" Vegemite and jokes that she'll leave if he doesn't put it away. It becomes a little less funny in 2020 after Amanda announced that she and Neil are separating, for reasons undisclosed. And we don't need to know why.
    • In "New Zealand," Amanda jokes that she's sure that she's not pregnant despite a missed period. This was before she married Neil, mind. After she married Neil, she took a strong antibiotic for a kidney infection, assuming that she was not pregnant, she found out she was carrying his child, and needed an abortion due to the antibiotics' potency
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    • Becca Rosenthal aka Becca Darling playing Melissa Mahoney in the "Oasis" video becomes this with Becca's untimely death in 2013.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: She has her fanbase in America, yes, but she's adored in Australia and, to a lesser extent, the UK.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Amanda wrote a song called "New Zealand" for some fans that asked for an unofficial homage. Later, in 2020 she would stay in New Zealand with her son during the pandemic and is still there as of November. At a livestreamed concert, Amanda sang a softer version of it with more solemnity and sweetness, as thanks to the country that hosted her.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Map Of Tasmania" became this in a huge way. Check it out here!
  • Opinion Myopia: The SPIN.com community towards "Map of Tasmania" seems to feel this way. Take a look.
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  • So Bad, It's Good: Her "Poem for Dhzokhar", dedicated to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

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