We first had Dolls pegged as a novelty act (blame them costumes). In the years since, Amanda’s live shows and the duo’s canon of covers convinced me to throw expectations out the window. “Sing” (the last track on sophomore release Yes, Virginia, out 4/18), may begin and end with profanity, but is completely heartfelt, and — get this — evokes no images of Weimar Germany! “Life is no cabaret,” goes the climactic Doll part. Ready for Dresden 2.0?
It would be funny if some YouTuber mashed this ballad to slow motion scenes from American Idol. Or not.
The Dresden Dolls – “Sing” (MP3 Link Expired)
Sing ’cause it’s obvious /Sing for the astronauts / Sing
Sing for the President /Sing for the terrorists / Sing
Sing for the soccer team / Sing for the Janjaweed / Sing
Sing for the kid with the phone / Who refuses to sing / Just sing…
You motherfuckers: you sing something!
(FYI: the album title refers to the story of Virginia O’Hanlon.)
Keep an ear out for the new album, and in the meantime head to Radio Free Internet to download Dolls’ live take on “Hallejulah” (Leonard Cohen, “Karma Police” (Radiohead), “War Pigs” (Black Sabbath), and “Two-Headed Boy” (Neutral Milk Hotel).
At this point I think I can make a whole mix of “Two-Headed Boy” covers.
Here’s an admittedly blurry, but still cool pic Jim shot of Brian at Thursday’s Dolls gig.