Two Women in Music

December 7, 2008 at 12:33 pm 7 comments

If you don’t know who The Dresden Dolls are, you should probably be ashamed of yourself. By my definition, anyway. For those of you who don’t know, The Dresden Dolls are Amanda Palmer, who sings lead vocals and plays piano, and Brian Viglione, who plays drums. They describe the music they play as “Brechtian punk-cabaret,” and while I’m pretty sure they’re the only ones to ever classify themselves under this made-up genre, I doubt anyone could evoke those adjectives better.

Besides their music being really awesome, Amanda Palmer is amazingly talented and a fabulous role model in a world where a lot female “musicians,” I mean, pop stars, gain notoriety for being really slutty, really bitchy, or going on prescription drug-induced benders. Sometimes she doesn’t shave her pits, she draws her eyebrows on in her now-signature style, and is just generally challenging the rules of what is considered beautiful and acceptable, mostly because she doesn’t seem to give a shit. She’s sexy and awesome, but could definitely kick your ass and take Britney down in a heartbeat.

This is the video for the single “Shores of California” off The DD’s last CD “No, Virginia.” It’s good time fun, and definitely low-budget, though loses some points for being so literal in terms of the lyrics. Look out for a special guest cameo (oh my God, shoes.)

Amanda Palmer recently released her own solo album called, “Who Killed Amanda Palmer?” and has been involved in some controversy regarding the video for the single “Leeds United.” Apparently some dickhead at her record label chided her for not looking like Britney Spears, and they wanted to cut shots that showed her stomach, even though it looks totally good. Nevermind that she’s an incredibly talented and original musician and songwriter! Will guys want to fuck her?! Learn more about the assholes at Roadrunner Records, in Amanda’s own words, here. As far as I’m concerned, fuck them.

And now for something completely different… If you don’t know who Katy Perry is, you should be really glad and stop reading here. She’s the latest product of the popular music industry to be melting our brains with her retarded lyrics and unfortunately catchy hooks. Interesting fact? Before selling out, she released a Christian music album under the name Katy Hudson. Well obviously God doesn’t pay the bills, so here’s “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry in case you haven’t seen it. If this isn’t the most obvious evidence ever that men are writing the songs and making the videos for these female pop stars, I don’t know what is.

I love the bridge where it says, “Us girls are so magical/Soft skin red lips so kissable.” What the fuck? Yeah, we’re fucking magical. Forget that time when we drooled all over you when we were asleep or that time we clogged the toilet. We’re all a bunch of fluffy sparkly fairies who hang out in pink negligees while pillow fighting and painting our nails fa lalala lala. (Okay, the nail-painting thing is true.) It’s pretty obvious this is Perry’s first video because she’s super awkward and not especially oozing with confidence. And, she doesn’t even kiss a girl in the video! Amanda Palmer actually does kiss girls and doesn’t need to brag about it to appeal to the pervy men set. Does Katy Perry realize this whole thing is  a sham? Is she fully aware that disgusting, sweaty, 41-year old married men are at home masturbating? Does she know she is just one more person contributing to these ridiculous stereotypes and expectations for girls – in terms of their appearance and behavior? What would Jesus think of all this?

The world needs more Amanda Palmers and fewer Katy Perrys, but then again, DUH.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Betty  |  December 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    And she doesn’t even kiss a girl in the video!

    I really need to listen to more Dresden Dolls. I really liked what you played for me before but never got around to getting any of their albums for myself. I’d also like to nominate Aimee Mann, Regina Spektor, and Chan Marshall for female musicians who are totally awesome and not sucky at all.

  • 2. parkrangerolivia  |  December 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm


  • 3. alisaurus  |  December 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Yeah there are a lot of awesome women in music, thank goodness! For some reason I just needed to compare these two women/videos side by side in a post, because it’s such a stark contrast.

  • 4. Betty  |  December 8, 2008 at 2:33 am

    It’s a good comparison, too, because they both do the vampy pin-up girl kind of thing. There’s a classy way and there’s a totally fucking retarded way to do it, apparently.

  • 5. Brett  |  December 8, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    I kissed an Amanda Palmer and I liked it (hope my boyfriend don’t mind it)

  • […] but I’m here to tell you, don’t do it. As if you couldn’t have guessed! Katy Perry would have you believe that girls are a bunch of “magical” fluffy pink fairies who poop […]

  • 7. Sarah  |  December 29, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Oh, I love you for writing this entry!! I agree 100% with everything you wrote 🙂


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