Censors Block Amanda Palmer’s Cheerful Rapey Pop Song
Is no one safe from the censors? You may know Amanda Palmer for her colorful outbursts or that one time she played a Radiohead cover on the uke or simply as the louder half of the Dresden Dolls. But lately, it seems she’s in the unenviable position of having to defend her latest single, “Oasis,” to British music outlets like NME and MTV. It’s not that they don’t like it — on the contrary, they adore it. The song just doesn’t fit their stringent standards. Although, in a pop climate permeated by the subtle poetics of bitches and hos, there’s really nothing incredibly NSFW about the single, which manages to poke fun at everything from date rape to loony fundies — all in just over two minutes. See the video after the jump.
And don’t take my word for it, take hers. “I sat down one day in or around 2002 and wrote a tongue-in-cheek, ironic up-tempo pop song. A song about a girl who got drunk, was date-raped, and had an abortion. She sings about these things lightly and joyfully and says that she doesn’t care that these things have happened to her because Oasis (her favorite band) has sent her an autographed photo in the mail. And to make things even better (!!), her bitchy friend Melissa, who told the whole school about the abortion, is really jealous.” She adds to those unable to detect it, “If you cannot sense the irony in this song, you’re about two intelligence points above a kumquat.” But sadly, such is the state of music these days. There is a simple solution to simultaneously delivering a bang-out single, shirking the double standards of the censors, and pleasing the Britons: “Leeds United.”