St. Vincent‘s Annie Clark is a quirky art-rocker, not a rebellious pop star. But in the latest installment of the Above Average web series “Sound Advice,” the singer-guitarist gets some unnecessary tips from media consultant “Janessa Slater” (SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer) about how to boost her diva credentials. The suggestions include stealing a beer from a drug store and trashing a hotel, both of which Clark politely declines.
“What’s it like where you live?” Slater asks her guest in the above clip, poking fun at her spacey stage persona. “Because it’s pretty boring here on Earth.” She then imitates Clark’s robotic concert dance moves and impersonates an alien (“Our master is Bleep-Blor-Bloop”). When the media pro questions why Clark doesn’t release music under her birth name, the musician compares the “St. Vincent” moniker to R&B-pop icon Prince. But Slater insists that Prince is actually real-life royalty – not even the honorary Prince of Music. (“That’s Michael Bolton.”)
The funniest segment finds Slater asking about St. Vincent’s recent self-titled album, which Clark previously described in a press release as “party music you could play at a funeral.” Turns out Slater has a lot of experience in that area: “I went to my ex-husband Darren’s aunt’s funeral a few years ago, and I of course brought my Eddie Money CD,” she says. “You can kind of see where it goes from there, but the point is we did not get ‘Two Tickets to Paradise.’ We more got like ‘Two Tickets to Get the Hell Out of There,’ ‘Two Tickets to This Weird Grassy Area Outside of the Graveyard.’ It sucked. But I can’t wait to hear your album…because I have another funeral coming up.”
Clark isn’t the only musician to endure Slater’s terrible advice. Previously, TV on the Radio were drilled about their impressionistic lyrics and asked about their appreciation for Beverly Hills 90210, while Drake fielded awkward questions about his love life and the origins of the term ‘YOLO.'”