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Amanda Palmer: “I think deliberate intrigue is not my forte. I’ll leave that to PJ Harvey.”
By Wesley Nicholson • Nov 18th, 2009 • Category: Features, Interviews

Muso’s Guide met up with Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls to talk about Twitter and getting dropped…

Muso’s Guide: You blog and use Twitter a lot; it feels like you share a lot of very personal stuff. Do you hold anything back? Does there need to be any mystery to keep fans intrigued?

Amanda Palmer: I hold things back that could possibly harm others. But no, I think deliberate intrigue is not my forte. I’ll leave that to PJ Harvey.

MG: The WKAP tour was a bit of a marathon. How did that feel - would you tour an album in that way again?

AP: No. I am never going to do the same thing twice - it’d be boring.

MG: So… dating Neil Gaiman, what’s that like?

AP: It’s… awesome.

MG: Songs like ‘Girl Anachronism’ and ‘Runs in the Family’ have very intricate rapid-fire lyrics. How does this work when you’re writing? Do the lyrics tend to come to you in a burst, or do you spend a long time chipping away at them?

AP: No, not a long time. The best songs come in very fast and manic bursts.

MG: What’s good about the music industry today, and what annoys you?

AP: What’s good is the democracy that’s been made available by the Internet. What annoys me is the old system refusing to see the light.

MG: In London’s Union Chapel, the subject of a musical within Mr. Gaiman came up… quip or prophecy?

AP: Both, probably.

MG: To labour the point, would any such musical have the eight-foot bride in it?

AP: That would be a very quiet musical.

MG: The Dresden Dolls played the inauguration party at the 9:30 Club - are you still on indefinite hiatus?

AP: Yep.

MG: “Please drop me”: is this getting through, do you think? If they do, what will you do?

AP: I think it’s getting through. And if so, I will have a party on the internet and invite the whole world.

MG: You’ve worked with Ben Folds, covered ‘Murder by Death’ and ‘Momus’, co-written with Neil Gaiman… who else would you love to work with?

AP: I would love to work with Improv Everywhere, the group that’s been doing theatrical flash-mobs all over the globe. They are my heroes.

MG: Belly-love… a fad or here to stay?

AP: Here to stay unless you get all of the beer in the world out of my reach.

MG: You were writing songs throughout the tour. Is an another album on the way, and where do you go creatively when you’re Amanda Palmer and someone already killed you?

AP: Ah, have you ever heard Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’? Genius, pure genius.