Shores of California

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"Shores of California"
Single by The Dresden Dolls
from the album Yes, Virginia...
Released 2007
Format Video
Genre Dark cabaret
Length 3:35
Label Roadrunner
The Dresden Dolls singles chronology
"Backstabber"
(2006)
"Shores of California"
(2007)
"Night Reconnaissance"
(2008)

"Shores of California" is the third single by The Dresden Dolls duo, taken from the second studio album Yes, Virginia....

The Boston Herald noted ``The brand new "Shores of California" displayed Palmer's knack for writing bonafide pop tunes with its infectious sing-along chorus and familiar melody.[1]

Personnel[edit]

Lyrical references[edit]

The song's lyrics include the lines "that's the way Aristophanes and Homer / wrote 'the iliad' and 'lysistrata'." Despite the ordering of the lyrics, it was Aristophanes who wrote Lysistrata, and Homer who wrote The Iliad. The Dresden Dolls' official lyrics page notes this by adding to the line in the lyrics: "that's the way Aristophanes and Homer / wrote 'the iliad' and 'lysistrata' (not in that order...)".[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for this single parodies the video[3] for David Lee Roth's version of "California Girls". It featured Amanda Palmer, Kelly, David J (an original member of the band Bauhaus), Margaret Cho, Jason Webley, as well as the The Dresden Dolls's Dirty Business Brigade and other fans that had been encouraged to take part in a band newsletter that was released prior to production. The music video was directed by Andrew Bennett of Shoe String Concert Videos[4] and produced by Frank Caridi. On the official video on YouTube, it is noted that Brian was not available on the day of filming, which explains his absence from the video.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Blagg, Christopher (July 11, 2004). "MUSIC REVIEW At Dresden Dollsapalooza, life is a dark, sexy cabaret". Boston Herald (Boston, MA). p. 42. Retrieved September 2, 2012. "The brand new "Shores of California" displayed Palmer's knack for writing bonafide pop tunes with its infectious sing-along chorus and familiar melody."  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Lyrics". The Dresden Dolls. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  3. ^ YouTube - David Lee Roth - California Girls (Music Video)
  4. ^ Shoestring concert videos, Los Angeles, US

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