After releasing four full-length albums as a two-piece band, Amanda and Brian opted to do some separate projects. Brian joined the World/Inferno Friendship Society, another punk cabaret band [apparently the genre is more common than I thought] and Amanda worked arduously on a solo album. She recorded "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" in Ben Folds' studio in Nashville and released it on the Roadrunner Records, the same label the Dolls had been contractually obliged to stay with for at least three albums.
You can read all about the situation going on between Amanda Palmer's unconventional bad self and Roadrunner Records on her blog but the short version goes something like this:
Amanda's video for "Leeds United" was about to come out and the record label decided that there were some shots that showed her stomach that were unflattering, so they thought she should have the video re-cut or have it digitally altered to "be more flattering." And while this meeting of the minds was taking place, the guy that's her main contact at the label told her [and this is a direct quote according to the singer herself] "I'm a guy, Amanda. I understand what people like."
Her response, via the previously mentioned blog, is absolutely priceless.
to which i reply: where have you been for the last five years?
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.
Here is the video in question...
I see nothing unflattering about her figure, nor do I even see any gratuitous shots of said belly. What I do see is what looks like a lot of fucking fun. Elements of Victor/Victoria. Drag queens. Girl-on-girl and guy-on-guy action. The video shoot must've been a riot. A kickass riot. And I'm more than a little pissed I can't go to her show tonight in Chicago, but I already skipped my night class to go see Repo! a few weeks ago, so c'est la vie.
In the meantime, a website has been created by a dedicated fan for other Amanda Palmer fans to show their support by joining the Rebellyon . Her record label has no idea what they've brought down on themselves. There's been enough of a response that a coffee table book of sorts showcasing all the bellies will be released and a copy of it will be sent to the record label.
Amanda posted this photo along with this statement: "ONE MORE DISS ON THE BELLY AND THE PONY GETS IT"
I personally don't want the blood of a Little Pony on my hands.