Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hero of the Day: Fiona Apple


I remember seeing this when it first aired in 1997, and knowing even then, at barely 10 years old, that her breaking "character" like this, and speaking directly to us, the fourth wall so to speak, was RADICAL.

Fiona quoted Maya Angelou and said at our best, we can only create opportunities, and she used that opportunity to go AWF!!! Opening line: This world is bullshit. AT A TELEVISED AWARDS SHOW WHERE SHE WAS BEING AWARDED.

*flatlines*

One word, two syllables: HE-RO.

She was Kanye before Kanye was Kanye. She quoted Maya Angelou, B. She said "Andrew Slater, no one else could have produced this album, and no one else did." AND PAUSED FOR EMPHASIS. SHAYYYYY DEEEEEEE. 

TALK THAT FUCKING TALK FIONA FUCKING APPLE!!!

Two more things. Tidal was an incredible, incredibly beautiful album, and even more incredible because she wrote it, recorded and debuted it when she was a teenager. And secondly, that MTV outburst probably cost her many future business opportunities, ones that Alanis Morissette was all too glad to take on her behalf.

So the lesson here is that wylin out may cost you further opportunities. So if you're gonna act wild, make sure to go down in history as a hero.

Sidenote - I'm glad that her genius hasn't gone the Amy Winehouse route, as I still feel pain over Amy's death and can't imagine losing another incredible artist in that way. Also, this Fiona Apple interview in NYMag was pretty great.

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