More songs with girls' names in the title. What I’ve read of her songwriting process, she is someone who has jotted down the words of every feeling since she was 12 (born in 1977, she is now 42) with access to those words when they appear right for a song. The You Me at Six song "The Dilemma" got its title from the Vince Vaughn movie of the same name. When I first wrote the song, I was not entirely convinced she existed. My middle-school experience is still so important to me. Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? She says this was a time when she developed an unhealthy view of other women because her friends would often abandon her for someone more popular. “Shameika” harps back to Fiona Apple’s childhood, specifically her days as a middle schooler. I can see her …” and sent a picture. But on the piece of paper that Miss Kunhart sent me, there’s this short essay Shameika had written on the top. ", A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs, When she wrote this song, Apple wasn't sure if Shameika was real or if she was confabulated. All Rights Reserved. Last year, Fiona Apple donated $90,000 worth of royalties from TV and movie placements of her hit song “Criminal” to While They Wait Fund, an organization that provides refugees with legal services and basic necessities. But Shameika wasn't gentle and she wasn't my friend She got through to me and I'll never see her again The full name of that 2012 album is: The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, and oh, to have been a fly on the wall when she broke that news to the Epic Records marketing and album promotion staff. Back then I didn't know what potential meant That's my bird in my tree And what about the cross-dressing? Either way Apple wins. Shameika said I had potential [Verse 3] Shameika said I had potential This could be interesting. Shameika said I had potential Of course not, they all proudly display their racks: “Look at that row of guitar necks/lined up like eager fillies/outstretched like legs of Rockettes.” In this love gone wrong story, six strings and a bunch of frets got in the way. Colour me unimpressed. Done twelve times was a minute My dog and my man and my music is my holy trinity Apple said of the picture: "I had remembered that maybe she was a bully or something. Writer Roy Trakin recently compared her to Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart, so yeah, she’s that kind of rock. In June 2020 Fiona Apple said she would donate movie and TV royalties from this song for the next two years to The Harlem Children's Zone, a nonprofit addressing poverty in Central Harlem. Shameika said I had potential "25 or 6 to 4" to "Semi-Charmed Life" - see if you can spot the songs that are really about drugs. "Midnight Train To Georgia" was originally "Midnight Plane To Houston," but was changed to sound more R&B. My dog and my man and my music is my holy trinity Don't subscribe That it may be, but it’s also a testament to the joys of uninhibited loutishness, which has always been a male prerogative in rock. I knew from experience that whomever violated the orthodoxy, would be seen as a negative noisemaker. Wayne Robins is a veteran music critic and journalist. I used to walk down the streets So along with diction that can be cozy and warm or chilling and precise, there is the lovely racket of things being banged on. Published April 17, 2020. Fiona Apple McAfee-Maggart (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and poet. Shameika said I had potential Singing the line to myself boosted my confidence the way Shameika boosted Apple’s—assuming it is autobiographical. “Shameika” is the second song off Fiona Apple ’s fifth album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters. She doesn’t make a lot of records. You can’t cover Captain Beefheart (at least not well), but you can cover Waits, and dozens have, voluminously. “Shameika” is the first single and second song on Fetch the Bolt Cutters, her first since 2012 and only the second since her reigning masterpiece, Extraordinary Machine.The song appears to be about a friend who made junior high more tolerable for the narrator. As a gender-bending genre-bender (in “Shameika,” she is called “a good man in a storm”), there is no easy way to classify Apple. [Bridge] She has always had a distinctive approach to piano, both fluid and percussive, especially percussive. Or maybe she hates me or something. She’s so sweet. Drawing a slash for every time The recent “New Yorker” profile of Fiona Apple explains the inspiration behind this song: In “Shameka” [sic] she celebrates a key moment in middle school, when a tough girl told the bullied Apple, ‘You have potential.’, Apple said when she first wrote the song she wasn’t “entirely convinced” Shameika existed. In some songs it seems Apple always has her eye on the exit from situations that make her uncomfortable. It sounds to me like it was recorded on a laptop using GarageBand. Some of the songs in this meticulously sequenced album stick together like best friends. Blur's "There Are Too Many of Us" was inspired in part by a siege in an Australian chocolate café that Damon Albarn witnessed, which resulted in the death of the gunman and two hostages. He is a former editor of Creem, was pop music writer at Newsday/New York Newsday, and has contributed to dozens of publications and web sites around the world. But the bold “Under the Table,” takes us to an insufferable dinner party, in which she lacerates the preposterously pretentious mutton-heads holding forth. Powered by - Designed with the Hueman theme, “One Day the Only Butterflies Left Will Be in Your Chest as You March Towards Your Death” by Bring Me The Horizon (ft. Amy Lee). [Chorus] Meshell Ndegeocello talks about recording "Wild Night" with John Mellencamp, and explains why she shied away from the spotlight. It’s awful how many memories I have with having a friend be with me and then having a more popular girl say to that friend, “Okay, you can be friends with Fiona or you can be friends with me. Fiona Apple The track becomes her first Adult Alternative Songs hit in two decades. Done twelve times was a minute But she got through to me and I'll never see her again There is also a song called “Drumset,” which is not an ode to the kit but the emptiness left by the one who used to play them. The song somewhat randomly titled “Newspaper” is just voice and “timpani, electronic drums, percussion,” for Apple, and drums by drummer Wood. And when the fall is torrential, I'll recall I knew I was all in with the new Fiona Apple album was when I had my “Shameika” moment. Blur's "There Are Too Many of Us" was inspired in part by a siege in an Australian chocolate café that Damon Albarn witnessed, which resulted in the death of the gunman and two hostages. The chorus stuck in my head, until I was giddy. [Pre-Chorus] If you instead download the songs from a site like iTunes, the brick wall filter was not applied to those files. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. I wasn't afraid of the bullies, and that just made the bullies worse I came over to sit with them, and they started laughing at me. She also just gave a rare interview on Democracy Now!. Choose.” And I never got chosen. In class, I'd pass the time When was the last time I felt like that about a song? [Verse 3] Her 2012 album, The Idler Wheel… was co-produced with drummer Charley Drayton, a charter member of Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos. I thought no one could cover Apple’s tunes until this record, which has some songs that could flow from the gutsy throat of a Bettye LaVette or Mavis Staples.
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