“The Killing Type”

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – The Killing Type (Uncensored) (Full HD) from Amanda Palmer on Vimeo.

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24 Responses to ““The Killing Type””

  1. Eva

    Hmmmm “I would kill to make you feel / I don’t mean kill someone for real”. To me, this means that we can love someone to the extreme, but without doing every crazy thing they ask from us as proof of our love, while still loving them like nothing else in this world.
    Our lovers shouldn’t ask from us things that they know we can’t do, in this song’s case it’s killing. “I once stepped on a dying bird /
    It was a mercy killing /
    I couldn’t sleep for a week /
    I kept hearing its breaking bones”. When someone get overwhelmed by the image of a dying bird, how can they even kill?
    “But I can say it in a song” yet feelings are still there. Photographs kept, fire still burning…
    Why do you have to “kill” to prove sth? Or maybe you lover is taking advantage of you, asking you anything they want, because they know that you’re going to do them the favor.
    Wow two days before the video’s release, I faced a cituation like this :P

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  2. Lee

    Listen2evry thing from leonard Cohen to napalm death, But in any guise Amanda Palmer is da shit

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  3. Arne Babenhauserheide

    Your video is censored in germany :( – Music Rights “possibly” not available from GEMA :(

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  4. Maureen Barney

    Oh my fucking god!!! This brought me to tears Amanda you hav always been amazing but my fucking god….this is far beyond brillant and rediculously timeless! U r a true ledgend!

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  5. Mike Willis

    speaking of such a bore…..yawn…can’t you break through into something new instead of recycling shit that’s been done over and over…

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  6. me

    wow. Just found you by way of Flaming Lips. (interesting sentence). You are the most beautiful creature i’ve never met. i’ve been singing this song to my wife for years.

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  7. Maria

    Hi Amanda. From Germany when you want to watch it you get this message: “This video is not available in Germany because it may contain music for which GEMA has not granted the respective music rights”. Seems they are taking care of your art in a way you don´t want them to take care of. Please, get it fixed, we need you!

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  8. Rachel

    Hey Amanda! This is honestly the first song I have ever heard of yours. The rabbit-hole that is the internet brought me here. I have watched it three times in a row. I don’t really know what else to say besides ‘Thank You’. The music and video made me feel. It made me think. I will be sure to look at more of your work.

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  9. robert

    Hello Amanda palmer just heared you talking on radio 4 and singing now the video great song gorgeous stomach erotic video like it and you , From what i,ve seen and heared thanks radio 4 for helping me find you will you be touring near rennes france ? yours robert x

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  10. Dan Bivona

    Um, not quite sure where to go. 2 references come to mind, both blackly comedic, both utterly classic. First is Dan Ackrods’s Julia Child on SNL circa 1976 or so; the second is the Coen Brothers 1998 film “Fargo.”

    The sketch reference is easy and, most of the time, easy is about the reach of my burnt and toasty brain. A brilliant execution of the caveat for artists dabbling in the ironic and the black (or really dark red): if you’re going to show blood, there must be gallons. Pools. A little bit, or worse even still, a realistic amount, now that’s just disturbing. Kudos indeed, brilliantly executed, with your own completely over the top and disturbingly uncanny twist. Was that a heart of ground beef? Jarring, unexpected entirely, I laughed out loud.

    Fargo is still not entirely clear. Perhaps the imagery of blood spattering into the snow as Steve Buscemi is shoving his partner in crime into the woodchipper, piece by piece, while the fully pregnant, small town cop played by Francis McDormand (where did they find a maternity police uniform, anyway?) waves her arms and yoo-hoo’s over the drone of the woodchipper to get his attention, oh yeah, to arrest him. I’m not remembering (thank you, crispy brain) but doesn’t Buscemi meet his demise by accidentally slipping into said woodchipper? That’s sad, I can’t remember. Old. Old and crispy.

    Whatever the script, I would say you’re keeping very high brow company, you are, and then to boot, the sound is sweetly discordant and warbling. Too sweet, ironically sweet, hair on the back of ones neck sweet. Like its taunting. This is never my strong point as I always overlook the obvious but it woven of the same thread as Joan Armatrading and Kate Bush; Dolores O’Riordan with the control of Joplin (Janis, not Scott). Then again, I’m a little hard of hearing. Forgive me if everything above is but happening in my easily amused imagination. And the good news is? I’Il post your vid and this response and some weak platitude about irony as the very life’s blood and tomorrow’s blog posting is ready to go. Oh, I pray that there isn’t a sink hole under my house…poor guy. Rest his soul.

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