Coin-Operated Boy

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"Coin-Operated Boy"
Single by The Dresden Dolls
from the album The Dresden Dolls
Released December 13, 2004
Genre Dark cabaret
Length 4:46
Label Roadrunner
Writer(s) Amanda Palmer
The Dresden Dolls singles chronology
"Girl Anachronism"
(2003)
"Coin-Operated Boy"
(2004)
"Sing"
(2006)

"Coin-Operated Boy" is a single by The Dresden Dolls duo, taken from the self-titled debut album The Dresden Dolls. It was produced by Martin Bisi and released on December 13, 2004 by Roadrunner Records. "Coin-Operated Boy" was written by Amanda Palmer. The song makes heavy use of staccato, and includes instruments such as a toy piano.

Interpretation[edit]

Palmer expounds on the many advantages an artificial partner has over real ones in a tick-tock rhythm reminiscent of automata. The song has broad overtones of loneliness and a desire for a relationship with idealized physical affection but no personal sacrifice or chance of getting emotionally hurt.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot, cut and directed by Michael Pope; it features Amanda Palmer as the protagonist of the song who turns to a man who is literally coin-operated (Brian Viglione) after being disappointed with other relationships. The video has a strong focus on her disillusionment with the coin operated man.

Cultural impact[edit]

In Australia, the song was ranked #12 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.

In July 2005, the Internet Sketch Comedy Show Moron Life released their parody of "Coin-Operated Boy" entitled "Beer-Activated Girl"[2][3] to the delight of both Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione. The song was also parodied by Voltaire in his version "Coin-Operated Goi".[4]

Since January 2007, "Coin-Operated Boy" is used in a commercial for the Austrian jam brand Darbo.[5]

In 2009, the song was used in an Italian television commercial for the backpack Double.

It was also featured in The Dresden Dolls Companion.

Track listing[edit]

German CD single
  1. "Coin-Operated Boy" - 3:33
  2. "Coin-Operated Boy" (Live) - 5:44 (This is the same version as the one found on A Is for Accident.)
  3. "Baby One More Time" (Live) - 3:20

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Booking". The Dresden Dolls. 2006-01-15. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  2. ^ Moron Life. "Beer-Activated Girl on MoronLife.com". Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Moron Life. "Beer Activated Girl on YouTube". Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Voltaire sings his version of ''Coin Operated Boy''". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Darbo Homepage: Description of commercial". Darbo.at. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 

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