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Fiona Apple

November 30th, -0001

Birth Name:
Fiona Apple Murphy Maggart

Born:
September 13, 1977 in New York, NY

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s






Fiona Apple

Biography

Fiona Apple defied categorization or any easy career path, almost running the pattern in reverse, opening her career as a highly touted and popular alternative singer/songwriter, then transitioning into a cult artist. Apple certainly benefited from the open-door policy of modern rock in the mid-’90s, following the path of crossover alt-rock piano-based songwriters like Tori Amos, but Apple was hardly an Amos copycat: she had a strong jazz undertow in her vocal phrasing and melodies, she had richer arrangements, she had a poppier bent to her songs. All these things helped her 1996 debut, Tidal, find a wide audience, one that increased considerably in the wake of the controversial video for the single “Criminal,” but Apple made it abundantly clear that she wasn’t an amateur provocateur with her sophomore album, When the Pawn Meets the King, an album that increased her critical reputation and cult, which would be pillars of support during her intense battles while making her third album, Extraordinary Machine. . Fiona Apple defied categorization or any easy career path, almost running the pattern in reverse, opening her career as a highly touted and popular alternative singer/songwriter, then transitioning into a cult artist. Apple certainly benefited from the open-door policy of modern rock in the mid-’90s, following the path of crossover alt-rock piano-based songwriters like Tori Amos, but Apple was hardly an Amos copycat: she had a strong jazz undertow in her vocal phrasing and melodies, she had richer arrangements, she had a poppier bent to her songs. All these things helped her 1996 debut, Tidal, find a wide audience, one that increased considerably in the wake of the controversial video for the single “Criminal,” but Apple made it abundantly clear that she wasn’t an amateur provocateur with her sophomore album, When the Pawn Meets the King, an album that increased her critical reputation and cult, which would be pillars of support during her intense battles while making her third album, Extraordinary Machine.

Born to singer Diana McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart in 1977, Fiona Apple started playing and writing songs at the age of 12, in an effort to work out a traumatic childhood that included a rape at the age of 11. Apple continued to write, leaving high school for Los Angeles at the age of 16. She cut a demo tape that eventually earned her a contract with Sony Music in 1995. Teamed with producer Andrew Slater, she cut her debut, Tidal, releasing the album in the summer of 1996.

Tidal was a slow build, earning critical acclaim and a cult that exploded when the controversial video for “Criminal” turned the single and album into a hit. Mark Romanek’s seedy, suggestive clip was overtly sexual — a path Apple notably avoided afterward — but it did the trick, helping the album reach the Top Ten and earning Apple a Grammy. Despite this titillation, Tidal appealed to the middle of the road, a path Apple definitively rejected with her next album, 1999’s When the Pawn Meets the King. The entire title was a 90-word poem, a fair indication of the artistic ambition that lay within. Produced by Jon Brion, the album was dense, literate, and melodic, not matching the commercial success of the debut but deepening her cult. Despite a romance with director Paul Thomas Anderson — she contributed to the soundtrack of his 1999 magnum opus Magnolia — Apple retreated from the spotlight, fostering an element of mystery that only grew when her next album experienced a series of delays.

By 2003, the lack of a sequel became a sensation among some music message boards, where rumors swirled that Sony rejected her newest music for being uncommercial. Within the next year, unfinished mixes leaked onto the Internet and the saga of the album spilled over into the mainstream, earning ink in The New York Times. All this helped usher the album to completion in the fall of 2005, when the original Brion productions were tweaked and expanded with producer Mike Elizondo, who helped Extraordinary Machine reach its final shape. The album was greeted by generally positive reviews — some compared it not entirely favorably to the leaked album — and the record received healthy sales. In its wake, Apple maintained a moderate presence, touring with Nickel Creek in 2007 and appearing with the Watkins Family at times during their residency at the Largo in Los Angeles. In 2012, Apple previewed three songs from her fourth studio album (which boasted a typically enigmatic title in The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do) to a wildly enthusiastic audience at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Produced by Apple with her touring drummer, Charley Drayton, the album earned excellent reviews upon release in June 2012.

Top Albums

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Deluxe Version), Fiona Apple
1. The Idler Wh..
Tidal, Fiona Apple
2. Tidal
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, Fiona Apple
3. The Idler Wh..
Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple
4. Extraordinar..
When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King..., Fiona Apple
5. When the Paw..
iTunes Originals: Fiona Apple, Fiona Apple
6. iTunes Origi..
Pure Imagination - Single, Fiona Apple
7. Pure Imagina..
Parting Gift (Live) - Single, Fiona Apple
8. Parting Gift..
O' Sailor / Parting Gift - Single, Fiona Apple
9. O' Sailor / ..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Pure ImaginationPure Imagination - Single3:20$0.99
2.
CriminalTidal5:41$1.29
3.
Across the UniversePleasantville (Music from t..5:07$0.99
4.
ShadowboxerTidal5:24$1.29
5.
Sleep to DreamTidal4:08$0.99
6.
Paper BagWhen the Pawn Hits the Conf..3:39$0.99
7.
Hot KnifeIdler Wheel Is Wiser Than t..4:02$1.29
8.
Never Is a PromiseTidal5:54$0.99
9.
ValentineIdler Wheel Is Wiser Than t..3:32$1.29
10.
Every Single NightIdler Wheel Is Wiser Than t..3:29$1.29
11.
Extraordinary MachineExtraordinary Machine3:43$0.99
12.
Fast As You CanWhen the Pawn Hits the Conf..4:38$0.99
13.
Slow Like HoneyTidal5:56$0.99
14.
WerewolfIdler Wheel Is Wiser Than t..3:12$1.29
15.
First TasteTidal4:46$0.99
16.
Get GoneWhen the Pawn Hits the Conf..4:07$0.99
17.
LimpWhen the Pawn Hits the Conf..3:29$0.99
18.
Frosty the SnowmanWinter Songs2:10$1.29
19.
I KnowWhen the Pawn Hits the Conf..4:55$0.99
20.
Anything We WantIdler Wheel Is Wiser Than t..4:40$1.29
21.
RegretIdler Wheel Is Wiser Than t..5:16$1.29
22.
Left AloneIdler Wheel Is Wiser Than t..4:50$1.29
23.
Hot KnifeIdler Wheel Is Wiser Than t..4:02$1.29
24.
Pale SeptemberTidal5:50$0.99
25.
Sullen GirlTidal3:54$0.99

Top Music Videos

Criminal, Fiona Apple
1. Criminal
Sleep to Dream, Fiona Apple
2. Sleep to Drea...
Paper Bag, Fiona Apple
3. Paper Bag
Not About Love, Fiona Apple
4. Not About Lov...
O' Sailor, Fiona Apple
5. O' Sailor
Fast As You Can, Fiona Apple
6. Fast As You C...
Every Single Night, Fiona Apple
7. Every Single ...
Shadowboxer, Fiona Apple
8. Shadowboxer
Limp, Fiona Apple
9. Limp
Never Is a Promise, Fiona Apple
10. Never Is a Pr...
Sleep to Dream (Live), Fiona Apple
11. Sleep to Drea...
Fast As You Can (Live), Fiona Apple
12. Fast As You C...
Every Single Night (Live), Fiona Apple
13. Every Single ...
Parting Gift, Fiona Apple
14. Parting Gift
Anything We Want (Live), Fiona Apple
15. Anything We W...
A Mistake (Live), Fiona Apple
16. A Mistake (Li...


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