BTC: “Are You Fucking Kidding Me?”

I have a grudging chanteuse crush on Kate Miller-Heidke:

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Classically trained up the wazoo, this dainty blonde Aussie with golden pipes grew up and turned her back on the opera house in favor of becoming a pop star. It’s a bit difficult to explain why I like her so much. While her lyrics are sharp and hilarious, and I adore her voice, it’s impossible for me to actually sit through most of her songs. That slick, cloying, Dawson’s Creeky, top 40 adult contemporary bubblebath production treatment never fails to give me the green apple quickstep. Her website is arguably a ripoff of The Dresden Dolls‘. So far, she’s not doing anything Kate or Tori or Alison or Cyndi or Dolly hasn’t done better, or with more authenticity. But there’s a wit, warmth and mischief about her in her less affected moments that makes me sit up and take notice, and this morning, her FacebookĀ  piss-take “Are You Fucking Kidding Me?” has me laughing out loud.

I’d jump to watch her performing solo in some small, out-of-the-way piano bar.

9 Responses to “BTC: “Are You Fucking Kidding Me?””

  1. Jen Says:

    Truly BTC!

  2. Infamous Amos Says:

    The first rule of pop music, write what you know. That was quite touching.

    Speaking as a guy, I’ve been there myself. One ex tried to add me because she said “you keep showing up in the ‘people you may know’ thing, so I figured Facebook was trying to tell me something.”

    I kept thinking, does she do everything machines tell her to do? I sure hope there are not more like her out there in the world, because if so, humanity is not in good shape for the upcoming Skynet apocalypse. Also, I guess Facebook failed to remind her that I broke up with her because she cheaded on me with three other people, and that I might not really care to know ’50 random things about her’ or what character from Sailor Moon she’d be.

    Social networking is great for bringing people together, but is apparently unaware that some people would like to stay as far away from some other people as possible.

  3. Evelyn Christ Says:

    She’s cute. I’ve got something better: http://www.myspace.com/kristeenyoung

  4. Mer Says:

    “Social networking is great for bringing people together, but is apparently unaware that some people would like to stay as far away from some other people as possible.”

    Amen!

    Evelyn, yes, I figured someone would chime in with K.Y. Saw her play a few times in NY. She’s one talented, cranky lady. A little too casually mean-spirited for my tastes, I’m afraid. (But a perfect opener for Moz!)

  5. badluckshadow13 Says:

    XD that was funny!
    When did this song come out? I’m really hoping that was a VPN reference she made…

  6. Daniel Purvis Says:

    I’ve seen her perform twice live and she’s fuckin’ fantastic. Her whole group is. Full of life, honest, and that voice sends shivers.

    Actually, saw her two weeks before Amanda Palmer played and I can’t honestly say which show I enjoyed more.

  7. Mer Says:

    Daniel, do you like her albums as much as the live shows?

  8. lizzelizzel Says:

    I think we can all relate.

  9. Daniel Purvis Says:

    Mer, I like some of the tracks from her albums. However, they’re sometimes a little slow for me. Tracks like Words I always enjoy but most of it I really have to be in the mood for. But her live show, with full band, is a hell of a lot rockier and full of energy. She’s fuckin’ gorgeous in person and her voice is enthralling. Definitely better live, like most things.