Friday, January 21, 2011

Nerd Girl of Note #97

I am a fairly new fan of Amanda Palmer's. I first came across her in a video she did satirizing the David Bowie/Jennifer Connely classic Labirynth (see below), and then from her song "Map of Tasmania" (video below, not necessarily safe for work). Of course, you all know my dislike for Katy Perry, so a particular Palmer live bit really turned me on to her.

Not to rehash much, but Perry has some music that is fairly anti-gay. I am a straight guy, but that still bothers me. At a show set up to protest Prop 8 in California Palmer had a Katy Perry look alike sing "I Kissed a Girl" and midway came on-stage, tied her up and forced her into a mock gay marriage. Silly, but my kind of silly.

So, three cheers for "Amanda Fucking Palmer" as she's known to her fans.

Oh, and she's married to some guy named Neil Gaiman whom some of you may have heard of.


Lisa K. said...

Amanda is brilliant and her blogging skills are legendary :D
I love it that she has such a wide range, in music and art.
Her mocking Katy Perry is one of the best things that could happen... especially because she hit the right nerve.

Katy Perry... she is the personification of many things I hate. She recently babbled about Madonna and other artists being blasphemous for using religious symbols to provoke and that her husband is now forbidden to make fun of Jesus and God. I am not sure, but isn't wearing a rosary between your boobs during a semi-naked shoot considered blasphemous then, too?
And she married Russel Brand, so she knew what she was going for.
Her whole 'I am the daughter of a priest'-attitude is very annoying and pretentious.
And her attitude towards gays is very shady, too, yes. She uses many anti-gay related terms in her lyrics and I can totally understand if someone is offended by her song 'You're so Gay'.

Well, back to Amanda... I think her marriage to Gaiman was a shock to some. Although I can't really understand why. They make sense to me.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I am a recent convert. I have been hearing her Radiohead covers, which are very cool.

I meant to include the link in the post, but forgot, if you did not see it I did a post about the Perry/Gaga thing a while back. I get the feeling Brand is a masochist, and while I think he is funny and smart, a bit of a fame whore; but what famous person isn't? Hell, I whore my tiny slice of internet fame when I can ;-)

Lisa K. said...

Awesome post! I did not read it before.
I really should roam around in your archive for a bit.

I don't think Brand & Perry will last for a long time. I always feel that Miss Perry can call out people, but she can't take a hit back. Which isn't the best characteristic when being married to a comedian like Brand. Well in fact it isn't a good characteristic at all.
And he was very negative towards religion until he met her... it seems as if she is forcing the whole thing onto him. Now, I've never been married, but I don't think that's a good basis for a relationship.

I remember an interview with Katy where she was saying that she prayed for big boobs when she was younger and that her prayers obviously have been heard. Now, what a great way to use religion, isn't it ;) God wants her to squeeze her boobs into latex, we can't blame her for that.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I never could understand conservative rock music, but there is probably more of it than I realize.

Also, last time I checked you were not supposed to wear a rosary around your neck... but what do I know?

Nathan said...

I got into Amanda (not literally; I'm not Neil Gaiman) through her old band, the Dresden Dolls, a few years ago. I've met her at two different shows, and she was pretty nice. As I mentioned here, I know some of her comments have caused offense on the Internet, although I personally think they just didn't get the joke. As for her marriage to Neil, I guess the age difference is what makes it weird. Besides, I don't think it's all that unlikely the marriage was at least partially for publicity.

So God won't answer any prayers to stop famine and war, but he'll enlarge some chick's tits? Good to see the big guy has some priorities. :P Katy's apparent homophobia bothers me as well, as does the fact that she can't sing, which nobody seems to notice for some reason. Maybe it's because they're busy watching her boobs. Not that I can say I blame them.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Perry is a complete waste of an awesome body. As for her singing, I hope the guy who runs her Autotune is getting paid.

I don't know how much publicity the marriage is getting her. I didn't even realize it at first, though I am not into Gaiman - not against him, he's just not on my personal radar. Who knows?


I recently became an Amanda Palmer myself- what is it about her that so entrances us old geeksters? I really enjoy her music a lot and I would love to see one of her live shows someday. Have you listened to her "Evelyn Evelyn" project?

And I would be remiss if I didn't show you the story I wrote for her "In Memory Alone"

Also if you don't read much Gaiman you might like his story "How To Talk To Girls At Parties" It is delightfully strange.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Awesome story.

I think AFP might be a little more accessible to we elders of the internet because it is a bit hard to pinpoint her age. Sure Wikipedia says she's 34, but looking at/listening to her she doesn't really exude a particular age. Also, calling back your story, I think everyone had their Amanda/Joyce at their high school. Mine did not date college guys, but new people in prison, and certainly did not fool around with the "children" at school - and while I never had any romantic encounters with her, she was always more polite to me and some of my friends than the Alphas.

Then again, it might just be that she is fucking awesome? ;-)

Nathan said...

I'm not really that much into Gaiman either, although I've read a few things of his. My general impression is that I quite enjoy what he writes about, but his style isn't always that engaging. He does have good taste in music, though, and I'm not just talking about Amanda here.

As for Perry and Brand, I have to wonder if she saw him as a project. I mean, he's a former drug addict, kind of disheveled in his appearance, and flippant toward religion. She probably thinks she can change him.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I am sure I know of _something_ by Gaiman, but really no idea.

I was thinking the same about Perry/Brand. She seems like the type who wants to mold a troubled soul. Poor guy.

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