Amanda Palmer recently released her “Ukulele Anthem” single, which features artwork from the infamous Shepard Fairy, via Bandcamp. More info after the jump.
The track got its start last spring, when Palmer contacted fans via Twitter for lyrics regarding an “empowering three-syllable object that you weren’t allowed to take to work,” according to a recent press release. From there, Palmer compiled and tweaked the suggestions she received from fans to produce “Ukulele Anthem,” a DIY-inspired track that the Dresden Dolls frontwoman began playing at her trademark surprise “ninja shows.”
Artist Shepard Fairy became involved with the track after hearing Palmer perform at a recent Santa Fe, CA-area party. It was at his behest—along with encouragement from others at the party—that Palmer recorded the track.
“It actually speaks to the here and now. I think it’s a good time to put it out. The ukulele is a perfect symbol for hope and empowerment. It’s cheap, it’s easy to play, it’s punk rock, and as I think George Formby said, you can’t be unhappy holding a Ukulele,” said Palmer of her newest single.
The track is currently available for download or streaming via Bandcamp here under Palmer’s standard “pay what you want” model. You can also listen to the track below: