Amanda “Fucking” Palmer is a risk-taker. From releasing songs with the most ludicrous names (“Do You Swear to Tell the Truth the Whole Truth So Help Your Black Ass”), to performing an Anti Proposition 8 agitprop skit that took stabs at not only the piece of legislation, but Katy Perry as well, Palmer’s controversial nickname is well-deserved. As a testament to Palmer’s unyielding fervor and attitude, the artist has released a cover of the Nirvana classic, “Polly,” available on her website.
Palmer, who originally rose to prominence during her time in piano rock duo, The Dresden Dolls, is currently a solo artist, having released two albums since 2008. Although the artist has been under-the-radar for some time, her rendition of Nirvana’s “Polly” proves that the talented songstress has still got it. Appearing in SPIN Magazine’s tribute issue and compilation to Nirvana’s Nevermind last year, Palmer’s “Polly” is chillingly beautiful. Accompanied by touring band-mates Chad Raines and Michael McQuilken, Palmer’s delivery sounds almost as menacing as Cobain’s, the harmonies during the chorus accompanied by reverberated xylophone and ghoulish bass.
Remaining true to her “pay what you will” business ethic, the single is available here for a minimum donation of $.50. This year seems to be promising for Palmer: along with her cover, a music video has been released to accompany it. The songstress will also be touring this spring to begin work on her touring and recording project entitled, Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra.