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Why Amanda Palmer blows.

Posted in Uncategorized by Tom Fiend on January 12, 2012

But The Dresden Dolls are the shit.

I know I’m not allowed to dislike a band because of their fans. It isn’t fair, and should be avoided. That being said, so help me god the fans of the Dresden Dolls make it difficult. I’ve been a fan of them, and indeed Amanda Palmer’s solo work to a lesser extent for some time. Most of my girlfriends in my teenage years were rabid fans and as such I endured countless hours of cutesy renditions “Missed Me”.  Upon closer inspection though, I grew to enjoy them.

Chanting this mantra internally, I rocked up to the Tivoli not expecting a great deal. The Jane Austen Argument met expectations, but not in the good way. Talented vocalist though the young man is, his efforts would be better suited in pop music. The actual songs were my major beef, laden with tired clichés that made me groan audibly and rushed melodies that didn’t really seem to have anywhere to go. Apparently close friends of Palmer herself the whole set seemed more a homage to Ms Palmer than an actual act of their own.

Actually I’ve heard worse than this.

Think to yourself, “how deep can I go” with the whole “ironic hipster” shtick. Bedroom Philosopher, clearly posed himself this question and went several steps further. Self proclaimed as a “hipster singing hipster songs to hipsters… ironically”, this pseudo comedian/songwriter plays on topical humor that was… pretty ok? I don’t know, I guess what we can take away from this is that he’s 100% forgettable. His fans seemed to like him though, but he is kind of pretty and I wouldn’t credit that crowd with an abundance discriminatory taste.

Wait, nevermind, he blows

Apparently Amanda Palmer loves Australia. She’s been back once a year, every year for the past few doing solo shows. The format is also very cool, as she’ll do one major ticketed concert in each town, but also several “Ninja Gigs” for free at various places of cultural significance, announced mere hours before via her Twitter feed. It really brings her busking background into sharp reality, and frankly… it is pretty impressive. The ninja gigs are a super fun format that I’d love to see undertaken by more artists.

As for their actual set, despite being completely ready for disappointment I was surprised by the energy displayed by both Palmer and Viglione. It dawned on me exactly why these bands that strive to imitate The Dresden Dolls fail so hideously. No goddamn balls. They took “punk cabaret”, and forgot the punk bit. Viglione on percussion is a fucking revelation. Not just loud drum lines, but exceptionally well written and performed. They accentuated the perfect notes and petered out at the perfect moment. Without a doubt he was the highlight of this evening and, in my opinion, Palmer would be foolish to let go of this asset again.

For the most part they (wisely) stuck with their hits, though did sneek in a few cheeky obscure tracks which made 16 year old Thomas gasp in delight. I never saw them the first time round, but I like to think the second time was just as good. Do check them out if you can.

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  1. Annoyedfangirl said, on January 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Sorry Tom, but you’ve got The Bedroom Philosopher all wrong.
    Clearly you’re the one that blows.

    • Ray said, on March 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

      You’re right, Tom. Amanda Palmer does blow. I’m also pretty sure Amanda is a man.

  2. Alice Love said, on January 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Oh snap.

  3. EqualRights said, on January 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

    @Annoyedfangirl Everyone has a right to their own opinions… being a fan is like being in love… blind ;)

  4. Claire said, on January 13, 2012 at 7:56 am

    In my defence of my reasons for not liking either, it’s because Graveyard Train are just that much better, y’know? Yeah.

  5. Vanessa said, on February 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I can’t even listen to the songs because they already look like idiots.

  6. Clair viglione | Edebat said, on March 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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  7. Fran said, on March 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Amanda Palmer is a raging, bipolar idiot and an embarrassment. How long can she keep streaming crap before people speak out? Watching an Amanda Palmer show is like watching someone take a shit onstage. She is an untalented mess acting out for no reason. Australians find it amusing so I really wish they would take her in so she can start a transvestite strip bar or something, which would be a better use of her time.

  8. WynonamotherfuckingStranger said, on May 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    A bit late to the party on this one but dude, this could not have summed up my experience at the Sydney show any more. Testify! *bro fist*

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