The Dresden Dolls - "War Pigs" (Live at the Paradise)

The Dresden Dolls - "War Pigs" (Live at the Paradise)

Boston's favorite Brechtian cabaret punk duo (no contest) loves them some Sabbath. If you ever doubted that the original heavy metal band could be covered successfully with just drums, keys, and Amanda Palmer's sweet vox, doubt no more. The Dresden Dolls devoured "War Pigs" at this live show back in 2004. The crowd at the Paradise loved it. Just look at those hand claps. I wish I had been going to more punk shows back then when I lived ten minutes away on the T.

Amanda and Brian have covered many a great tune--their tastes and influences run far and wide--but I think the piano arrangement in this one just about tops the list for me. Not many people can swap out both Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler with 88 keys and two hands. Just sayin'. And Amanda's throaty alto does pretty damn well on Ozzy's part. It's always great to see Brian do his stuff, too; with his standard fare it's easy to forget how well he can chew up a metal arrangement. Don't miss the gesticulations on "Satan" about five and a half minutes in. I love it. The Dresden Dolls are awfully pretty but never forget that they, like the best creative minds in music, are primarily dorks.