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For [ profile] cincodemaygirl who asked for it, and [ profile] tzikeh who also and separately asked for it - the official Nellie McKay pimp post. You can check out her wikipedia entry, but the nuts and bolts are: here's a classically trained voice/opera singer/theater brat who at age 19, living as a hippie vegetarian with her mom in Brooklyn, decided to become a hard-core satirical rapper/artist.

She's been described as a cross between Doris Day and Eminem; I'd throw a little Jean Grae and a little Fiona Apple in there too. She's been in movies and starred on Broadway in the Threepenny Opera and her songs tell the story of a geeky, feminist, big-stage performer in her early 20s trying to figure out where the money is and how to make the world a better place.

Her first (and best) two-disc album, Get Away From Me won all sorts of awards, despite its giant PARENTAL GUIDANCE label, and is far and away one of my all-time favorite records. Her third album, Obligatory Villagers is less hip-hop and more big-band, but with Nellie's famed rapidfire lyrics and satire. For reasons unknown, her second album, Pretty Little Head somehow vanished from my computer, but I still have a couple tracks from it I'll throw in.

And so!

All DL links are Megaupload. Let me know if you want a zip of all the songs.

Get Away From Me (Selections from both disc 1 & 2)
Inner Peace: effectively a rap song performed by a vocalist; heavy honest satire about growing up a geek.
Change the World: Because it's so seriously exhausting trying to fend off the apocalypse (this was written during the Bush admin, natch)
Respectable: I'm a respectable member of society... see a trend here?
Clonie: Seriously, a mock pop song about dopplecest. No, really.
Toto Dies: This is the black parody underside of the Wicked Witch of the West. Oh-wee-oh, yoh-ho!
*Sari: is missing from my computer! If you've seen it, put up a sign?

Pretty Little Head and Obligatory Villagers (Selections from both records)
Columbia is Bleeding (Pretty Little Head): Is where you remember that Nellie's a PETA-style activist. I don't know if she's quite the type to rebrand fish as "sea kittens," but this is nothing other than an animal rights protest song. Except it's Nellie so it's AWESOME.
Mother of Pearl (OV): And this is where you remember that Nellie's an outspoken feminist. Fortunately she can mock herself or else this song would be insufferable. It is, however, not.
Zombie (OV): Good old-fashioned gulf coast voodoo with great backup musicians.
Galleon (OV): Wrapping up the end of a theater run, at the point where the men's ensemble players are sick of each others' attitudes and breath and sweat and fidgety matinee audiences. This one reads like a show tune, and co-stars Bob Dorough being theatrically awesome.
*Identity Theft: (thanks enormously to [ profile] gem225) Prob the catchiest song on this album and just packed with tricky lyrics and edge.

I tried to provide a range of types, from hip-hop sounds to Broadway sounds to singer-songwriter sounds to 40's pop sounds... sample a few and see how you feel.

I ♥ Nellie hardcore and am happy to answer any questions and provide any info or squeeing that might be needed here. Squee!

(P.S. Feel free to look through my "foods that begin with q" [pimp posts] or "music" [music] tags, and if there's anything you want that's expired I'll be happy to reup. Most of my uploads from the last two years at least are on MU and should still be there, now and forever. THANKS MU!)

(*asterisk) This post is incomplete without the missing tracks "Sari" and "Identity Theft;" two of my favorite Nellie songs. If a kind passerby donates them I'll slap 'em up for completion's sake. If you find them on your own, enjoy!


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