THE DRESDEN DOLLS' AMANDA PALMER
Interview by Natasha Ross
Photograph by Jae Andres

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AS ONE HALF OF THE PALE-FACED DUO DRESDEN DOLLS, AMANDA PALMER HAS OPENED UP FOR EVERYONE FROM NINE INCH NAILS TO THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS. NOW, AS ONE HALF OF THIS INTERVIEW, SHE OPENS UP TO NATASHA ROSS ABOUT MARRIAGE, THEIR UPCOMING DISC, AND PAT BENATAR.

Natasha Ross: So I was wondering if either you or Brian [Viglione, drummer] would consent to marrying me?

Amanda Palmer: Which one of us would, or...?

NR: Both. I mean, I'm up for being a Mormon.

AP: Iím totally anti-marriage between any boys or girls. I'm into a lot of things, but marriage is not one of them.

NR: I can deal with that. I just wanted to give you the opportunity to reject me in a publication.

AP: It's not you. Itís the institution of it all.

NR: In previous interviews youíve both expressed your connection with your audience and how much you value the intimacy you have with them. Are you afraid you're going to lose some of that as you get bigger?

AP: I'm not afraid because I think we've managed to keep the connection. As we've gotten bigger, they've evolved. We now have more connections and different types of connections with a larger scope of people. But it's more our schedule that makes it difficult than it is the fans themselves. We used to have more time to hang out, but nowadays we are so pressed for time that it makes it a little harder to have an intimate connection. But we still do pretty well.

NR: It seems that you do. But how are you guys going to feel when Hot Topic wants to start selling t-shirts with your faces on them?

AP: Theyíve already started.

NR: Have they really? I didn't see them when I went there last time.

AP: We feel okay about it. And the reason I feel okay about it is that I grew up in the suburbs and stole my music from the mall, so I figure there are plenty of kids out there who are getting their exposure to a lot of music and culture through places like Hot Topic. As fucked-up as that may be, it's still a reality of life.

NR: So, have you gotten to the point yet where you've considered going to all your idols and saying, "I'm pretty cool now, so do you wanna, like, hang out and do lines of blow off a supermodelís ass with me?"

AP: I have.

NR: You have?!? Have you started?

AP: I haven't done the blow, but I've done the waving around. It started years ago when I got in touch with The Legendary Pink Dots about having the Dresden Dolls open for them. They were my favorite band growing up. We landed an opening spot on a tour with them. That, for me, was paradise. So, yes. But we've... I'm trying to think of someone I've actually, actively gotten in touch with to be like, "Hey, hey, hey! I'm a huge fan and I'm famous now!" Maybe [musician] Robyn Hitchcock. I mean, you end up sort of running into people on the road, and they pay a little more attention to you than they would have if you were just some random screaming fan tugging at their hem.

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