Sometimes it’s more important to be human,
than to have good taste.
Amanda Fucking Palmer’s music video for The Killing Type is like underwater ballet performed in a blood bath. It’s funny, in a horrific sort of way…
AFP does love the image of the mentally unhinged lover, doesn’t she? I so enjoy her in this role, which she plays well, mainly because I get the impression she is actually a very strong, sound, and good-hearted woman, in real life; I could not, for all my cycnicism, take pleasure in the real suffering of some demeneted woman.
The performance is a provocation…a test of your humanity. How much do you feel? Besides being violent, I also found the video highly erotic…possibly because some scenes recalled very graphic, unforgettable bits from the Marquis de Sade’s novel Juliette, which I read so many years ago, and still blanch to recall.
The new album (with The Grand Theft Orchestra), Theatre is Evil, came out 3 days ago. I am delighted that Amanda and The Grand Theft Orchestra seem to be revisiting the old Brechtian Punk Cabaret sound of the Dresden Dolls in this album…albeit richer, what with a full band this time. I’ve really missed that sound, the style she seems to do best (I wasn’t crazy about her stint with the ukelele, I’m afraid.)