January 02, 2009

Do They Know Who She Is?

My husband has been browsing Sociological Images lately. A couple of days ago, I heard a familiar voice and turned around to watch a music video with him. It was Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls, and I was really curious why Sociological Images was interested in the video. It's pretty straightforward piece of cabaret imagery, except for the addition of a bunch of footballers. Kind of fun and exactly what I'd expect from her.

Leeds United

Turns out, the problem wasn't with the video. The problem is that Palmer's record label wanted to remove or alter the images of her belly in the video.

Um, she has a belly? Sure....

Luckily, she responded like, well, like Amanda Palmer.

to which i reply: where have you been for the last five years?
do you have any idea who i am, what band i’ve been in, what kind of music i write, who my fans are….who didn’t send you the memo that i’m not britney spears? i’m not TRYING to look hungry. i’m trying to look HOT. there’s a difference.

Seriously, dudes, have you even listened to the song that got the Dresden Dolls all the radio play? This is not party pop just because it has a good melody.

Coin Operated Boy

can you extract me from my plastic fantasy

And then there's the stuff that no major radio station is going to touch.

Lonesome Organist Rapes Page Turner

I joke about trash 'cause it takes class to be enlightened

Once again, who did they think they were dealing with? Did they think she'd flutter her lashes in confusion and acquiesce? Did they she'd be so embarrassed by the whole thing she'd stay silent about it?

Yeah, right. She asked them to drop her, told the world, and started a rebellyon.

I love Amanda Palmer.


Anonymous said...

As soon as I get access to a camera, my cat and I are totally joining the rebellyon. But I'm not really sure how to get her belly to be with mine unless I'm holding her in FRONT of me, and that's not really the point...

Stephanie Zvan said...

With a little help, you can totally do a side-by-side. And if her hair is short enough, you get nipples in the shot too. That should freak out any uptight record exec.