Amanda Palmer and Australian singer-songwriter Brendan Maclean, along with producer Paul Mac (founding member of Silverchair), just dropped a surprise comedy dance track addressing the “frustrations of the day-of-show guestlist” featuring a slew of voicemail-leaving, guestlist-needing friends including Ben Folds, Craig Ferguson, Eugene Mirman, Kirsten Vangsness, Mike Posner, Palmer’s husband Neil Gaiman, Noah Britton, Patton Oswalt, Reggie Watts, Sarah Jones and Sarah Silverman, who calls on behalf of her mother’s dentist, Demmis Schlotberg, who is hoping to win a spot on the coveted doorlist by bringing Palmer a supply of cocaine.
The song’s original vocals and genesis date back to early 2014 when Palmer and Maclean were sharing a dressing room at the Sydney Festival and the two of them wrote the song in jest. A few weeks later they were in the studio with Paul Mac to record a sombre cover of Bat For Lashes “Laura” (released a few months ago) and they decided to take the joke further. Two and a half years and a dozen friend-favors later, the song has arrived. It was released via Palmer’s patreon, which currently has over 8,000 supporters micro-funding all of Palmer’s projects.
“Some of the best music is simply a joke that goes too far…that’s how ‘Map of Tasmania’ happened,” said Palmer. “It started as one person saying ‘wouldn’t it be ridiculous if…’ and then the if becomes the reality. That’s the nice thing about the patreon – I can take all of my artistic whims, for better or worse, as far as they need to go.”
“Sitting in a sweaty little van somewhere in a Sydney summer, I vividly remember watching AFP’s phone blowing up ten minutes before every show,” said Maclean. “I imagined it had to be the Stage Manager, right? Surely everyone knew it was almost show time. But ten shows into Amanda’s season I realised it was much, much worse. It was people asking to be ON THE DOOR.”
The track is available for free/pay-what-you-want on bandcamp and the stems for remixing have been made available to the fans.