Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Amanda Palmer, Stephin Merritt, Moby and Neil Gaiman, "Science Fiction/Double Feature"

Um, it's Amanda Palmer, Stephin Merritt, Moby and Neil Gaiman performing the Rocky Horror classic "Science Fiction/Double Feature." I'm not sure there's anything more that needs be said.

29 Comments / Post A Comment

deepomega (#1,720)

Never have I longed more for three stage lights to crash to the ground, crushing anyone unlucky enough to be beneath them. (Merritt's ok. He can live.)

melis (#1,854)

@deepomega If performed correctly, this ritual summons Tim Burton from wherever he may currently be on the Earth.

DMcK (#5,027)

@deepomega Amanda Palmer recently won the "Worst Live Show I've Ever Been Dragged To" trophy, edging out 25-year-titleholder Boston.

@deepomega UGH THANK YOU. This is like when your dorm has a talent show and your roommate's girlfriend forces her band to let your roommate sing lead and if you laugh or say anything bad about it she'll probably put spiders in your bed.

jolie (#16)


t_birdo (#131,623)

@deepomega Ah-MEN.

Well, that seemed nicely under-rehearsed.

deepomega (#1,720)

@t_birdo "I'm glad you guys didn't stress about it."

DMcK (#5,027)

@deepomega Oh wait, is that Merritt on the right holding…a ukelele? Deploy the fourth stage light.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

@DMcK I guess you made some bad choices. I saw Amanda as part of Dresden Dolls and that was great. She is pretty much unstomachaable these days, but I can't hate her ever though for the same reason I can't hate Johnny Depp: he can make a million Pirates and Tourists now, but he will always be Dead Man for me. Shit, if you people knew what I do for money…

jolie (#16)

I'm soothing myself with this if anyone else would like to partake. "My veels! My god I can't move my veels!"

(OMG Brad's kimono I'm dyingggggggggg.)

GandS (#32,590)

this is unwatchable. the me first and the gimme gimmes cover is much lovlier. and who the fuck is amanda palmer, and why does she suck so much?

deepomega (#1,720)

@GandS The Scorn-Based Economy at work!

DMcK (#5,027)

@GandS She's Neil Gaiman's beard wife.

t_birdo (#131,623)

@DMcK No way, not a beard. I fully believe they're each other's lobsters– they're deliriously happy and equally insufferable together!

DMcK (#5,027)

@t_birdo Somehow squickier.

A Snood Mood (#1,737)

@DMcK Nope. Not a beard. I can tell you first hand he's a huge douche-nozzle, but he's a hetero douche-nozzle.

t_birdo (#131,623)

@A Snood Mood Wait, how do you know first hand he's a douche? He always seems so polite and nice!

DMcK (#5,027)

@A Snood Mood Fair enough. Snark withdrawn.

amuselouche (#448)

Is Grumpus dressed up as Grimace? Stephin Merritt's ensemble is very confusing to me.

barnhouse (#1,326)

@amuselouche I am guessing he wore the hood as a shield from the applause. He has got this thing, hyperacusis it is called, where certain sounds are painful to him (applause! the poor guy.)

Also I should like to defend Amanda Palmer. She is a brave soul, and I don't just mean the gratuitous nudity, I mean her outspokenness on behalf of artists and taking a strong stand against the record industry. I also like that Coin-Operated Boy song.

amuselouche (#448)

@barnhouse It was less the hood and more the layers (and the purple) that confused me. Really an illness has never more perfectly fit a personality type though (a type that I happen to love! so much!)

…but it's so awful. I wish meatloaf would ride over her face with his motorcycle.

ep (#8,509)

Maybe my feeling like I'm not very cool is what actually makes me really good at doing my job.

cherrispryte (#444)



My Amanda Palmer fandom has subsided since it's peak a few years ago, but still. I unabashedly love her, and Neil Gaiman, and while I kind of wish she'd stop with the ukulele and get back to the piano (and the ever so lovely Brian Viglione, for whom my love will never peak) she is still fucking awesome and the last time I publicly defended Amanda Palmer I got fucking banned from Jezebel, so who knows what will happen now.

deepomega (#1,720)

@cherrispryte You are now… DOUBLE BANNED FROM JEZEBEL

@cherrispryte I don't get why Jezebel/everyone seems to be so anti-Amanda Palmer? Of course I don't know anything about her other than "that lady Neil Gaiman married," so.

DMcK (#5,027)

@Borrelia Burgdorferi OK, based on what I saw that one fateful night, here goes: her songwriting is the sort of sophomoric bullshit that too many folks mistake for being clever and edgy (cf. Warren Ellis). Her band sucked. For someone with such a showy persona, she showed no gift for showmanship. Her set was meandering and without momentum. She busted out a ukelele in front of a paying crowd.* She dissed Maxwell's, the venue at which she had performed the previous night, and where she was lucky they just let her breathe the same air as the thousands of far superior acts that have performed there over the decades. She was passive-aggressively mean to her drummer. The way she thrived on the desperate adulation of her fans creeped me out. HAVE AT YOU, CHERRI!

*As we know, he natural habitat of the ukelele is YouTube. Once it migrates beyond those confines, it is to be considered an invasive species and dealt with accordingly.

areaderwrites (#592)

Fun fact: in the early days of television, when union and performing rights rules governing the use of music hadn't been negotiated yet, the ukulele did not count as a musical instrument.

Post a Comment