"Polly" - available NOW on Bandcamp* for 50¢+donation (w/ high-quality artwork) at http://bit.ly/PollyBC
for your enlightenment....a little of the background of the song (from wikipedia):
"Bass player Krist Novoselic remembers Kurt Cobain writing 'Polly' after reading a newspaper article about the abduction, torture, and rape of a 14-year-old girl who had just finished attending a rock show in Tacoma, Washington. In June 1987 Gerald Arthur Friend picked up a 14-year-old female friend after leaving a concert at the Tacoma Dome. Upon trying to exit the car the girl was handcuffed and held hostage at knife point. The girl was taken to a mobile home where she was tortured and raped with various objects for two days. She was also threatened with a blowtorch."
we recorded our cover of "polly" for SPIN magazine's "Newermind" tribute/compilation to mark the 20th anniversary of "Nevermind" in september. michael (who a lot of you have seen as the new drummer of my touring band, the grand theft orchestra) produced/engineered and played bass on the recording.
this is a video me (glockenspiel, vocals, Taurus bass pedal), chad raines (banjo, percussion), and michael mcquilken (bass, percussion) shot in new haven, CT on a super-tight budget with the help of some actors and filmmakers from around new york and yale.
we filmed it in one day in november...i wrote the script and michael directed the video. blake, who plays the angel, is also on the cover of the first dolls' album "a is for accident"...looking very different in a long red dress.
so many people loaned us stuff and worked for free on this video to keep us under budget - THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.
FULL CREDITS & THANK YOUS…
CHRISTOPHER M. MCFARLAND
special appearance by
produced, edited, and directed by
video concept by
first camera/director of photography
hair and makeup by
assistant to the director
second camera/assistant to the director of photography
properties provided by
shoot catered by
BUN LAI and MIYA'S SUSHI miyassushi.com
music performed by AMANDA PALMER & THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA
AMANDA PALMER (glockenspiel, celeste, vocals, Taurus bass pedal-stepping)
CHAD RAINES (banjo, percussion, Taurus bass knob-fiddling)
MICHAEL MCQUILKEN (bass, percussion, sample-hunter, aquaphone)
recording engineered by
recording produced by
artwork (single cover) by
van provided by the band STEER steernyc.com
van coordinated by
1953 Ford provided by
this video would not have been possible without the extra ordinary additional efforts of
KENNETH GOUSE SR.
and BUN LAI
amandapalmer.net | @amandapalmer
michaelmcquilken.net | @quilken
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* The song is also available for sale on:
• AmazonMP3 at amzn.to/PollyMP3
• iTunes at http://bit.ly/POLLYiTunes
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