Dresden Dolls' Palmer Tangles With Label Over Tummy
"They're barking up
the wrong tree if they think they can Katy Perry or Avril Lavigne me
into the Walmarts of the world."
What prompted Palmer to admit these things, however, is a rather messy matter we'll attempt to recap with these handy numbered sentences here. The story goes something like this:
1. Palmer shot a video for "Leeds United", a track off her 2008 debut solo album Who Killed Amanda Palmer. It stars Palmer and a bunch of people in crazy costumes, and more or less depicts the lady's cabaret act descending into chaos when a pack of football hooligans shows up.2. According to the above-mentioned blog post from Palmer on her personal website, the singer's label, Roadrunner Records, saw the completed clip, and "wanted to pull shots from the video so that [Palmer's] bare belly wasn't exposed."
"they thought i looked fat," Palmer writes. "i thought they were on crack."
3. Palmer held her own, and the video-- in which, c'mon guys, Palmer herself is hardly the focal point, let alone her belly or whatever-- was released sans belly-edits.
4. Palmer fan Jordan Smith caught wind of the situation and started a Belly Solidarity Campaign of sorts on Dresden Dolls message board The Shadowbox, encouraging fellow fans to share photos of their tummies in a show of support for Amanda (link not exactly NSFW, but might raise some co-workers' eyebrows). Smith is still soliciting belly photos via email. And thanks to him for bringing this whole matter to Pitchfork's attention!
5. Roadrunner caught wind of the Belly Solidarity Campaign and spun
it into a "Show Your Belly Solidarity" contest by giving fans
who sent in belly button shots a chance to win an "Amanda Palmer
Prize Pack." The contest posting was subsequently removed, but
Google cache does not lie. Here's a screengrab:
So, Palmer got the video she wanted, but she probably won't be working with Roadrunner for much longer. Her post on the belly issue went on to chide the label for being "not very happy with anything i'm doing lately (including putting out a record that has 'no commercial potential' and is impossible to promote, since nobody will like it)."
Yesterday, December 2, Palmer posted a lengthy explanation of the situation on her blog (it's definitely worth reading in full). In it, she asks of her label, "do you have any idea who i am, what band i've been in, what kind of music i write, who my fans are...who didn't send you the memo that i'm not britney spears? i'm not TRYING to look hungry. i'm trying to look HOT. there's a difference."
i feel sorry for them. they are trying to sell pieces of plastic in
a digital world. but they’re barking up the wrong tree if they
think they can katy perry or avril lavigne me into the walmarts of the
so i think the relationship is rather doomed, from a creative standpoint.
i asked to be dropped a few weeks ago, so i could move forward in freedom.
let us pray.
In Roadrunner's defense, perhaps their alleged insensitivity in this instance has something to do with their roster being, um, the biggest sausage party this side of Frankfurt?
Expect plenty of fan belly button solidarity action at Palmer's upcoming live engagements, which continue tonight in Chicago.
12-03 Chicago, IL - Metro *
* with the Builders and the Butchers, Zoë Keating, the Danger Ensemble