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Who censored Amanda Palmer? (published 18/02/2009)

3:AM is, as you know, against most things. And that includes censorship. We were alarmed to hear that the delightful Amanda Palmer ran into trouble with the video for ‘Oasis’ (and not just because she told your editor she looked like Jodie Foster). Amanda, writing in The Huffington Post, says:

I sat down one day in or around 2002 and wrote a tongue-in-cheek, ironic, up-tempo pop song about a girl who got drunk, date raped, and had an abortion. She sings about these things lightly and happily and says that she doesn’t care that these things have happened to her because Oasis, her favorite band, have just sent her an autographed photo in the mail. If you cannot sense the irony in this song, you’re about two intelligence points above a kumquat. I recorded this song with Ben Folds (who is way more intelligent than a kumquat) for my record. He produced the song to sound fantastically happy — a beach-boys style number complete with ba ba ba back-up vocals. Then I made a video with Michael Pope that portrayed a very literal play-by-play of what was being related in the song. This all made perfect sense to me and wasn’t in any way calculated to offend. It was created to be funny and dark.

Now people in the UK are telling me that the song “makes light of rape, religion and abortion.”

Can I simply state: When you cannot joke about the darkness of life, that’s when the darkness takes over.

The song is not a lecture… it’s a reflection, a character sketch. As I was walking over to the BBC the other day and my rep mentioned that they might not let me play “Oasis” on the air, I suggested that I might be allowed to play it if I just slowed it down and played it in a minor key. Think about it: if they heard the same lyrics against the backdrop of a very sad and lilting piano, maybe with some tear-jerking strings thrown in for good measure, would they take issue?

Ms Palmer tells the Suicide Girls more.

Whatever It Is I’m Against It! (published 17/02/2009)

Sea Lo Que Sea, Estoy Contra Ello (published 16/02/2009)


Inés Martin Rodrigo has just published an in-depth feature on the Offbeat scene in top Spanish daily ABC. The title of the article is 3:AM‘s “Whatever it is, we’re against it” strapline and 3:AM is described as “the Offbeats’ New Yorker“. There’s also a separate interview with Tony O’Neill. On Sunday, Tony will be appearing on blogtalk radio.

3:AM Reloaded (published 14/02/2009)


What you (may have) missed on 3:AM this week:

Fiction by Willie Smith, Andrew McIntyre, Kim Chinquee, Nina-Marie Gardner, Mary Beth Caschetta and Inderjeet Mani

Poetry by Lee Rourke and Brandi Wells

Reviewed: Stewart Home on Iain Sinclair‘s Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire, Kate Picard on Paul Lester‘s The Gang of Four: Damaged Gods & Mat Colegate on the Andrew Stevens edited anthology Love Hotel City

Interviewed: Lee Rourke spoke to Bird Room author Chris Killen

Non-Fiction: an essay on Crusader Guy by Thomas Sullivan, James A. Reeves looked at Religion in America & Darran Anderson debuted Van Gogh’s Ear, his new poetry column for 3:AM, taking in Rimbaud‘s A Season in Hell:

The aim of this column is not to analyse or theorise but to revisit the other poetry, beyond the laureates, professorships and wine and cheese receptions; the glorious scumbags, the disgrace-fuelled vandals and deviants, the unloved step-children under the stairs and the mad aunts locked in the literary attic. Step forward then Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, the Adam and Steve of alt-poetry.

My Bloody Valentine’s Day (published )

Whether it’s with your one true love, someone you’ve just met or on your own

Related: Adelle Stripe on the MBV reunion / me on the 33 1/3rd take on Loveless