The Dresden Dolls are a two-piece band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed mid-2001 and made up of singer/pianist Amanda Palmer and drummer/occasional guitarist and vocalist Brian Viglione. They describe their style as "Brechtian punk cabaret", and have exposed an underground dark cabaret movement that started gaining momentum in the early 90's with artists like Salon Betty and Gavin Friday.
The name, according to Palmer, was "inspired by a combination of things", including the firebombing of Dresden, Germany and the porcelain dolls which were a hallmark of prewar Dresden industry; an early song of the same name by The Fall; and a reference to the V.C. Andrews novel Flowers in the Attic where the classically blond and blue-eyed protagonists are called "the Dresden dolls." The name also evokes Weimar Germany and its cabaret culture. Additionally, she "liked the parallel between Dresden (destruction) and Dolls (innocence, delicacy), because it is very much in keeping with the dynamics of the music, which sometimes goes from a childlike whisper to a banshee scream within a few seconds."
In March 2005, they supported Nine Inch Nails on tour. On June 5, 2005, The Dresden Dolls hosted a free concert at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. When a power outage unexpectedly delayed their performance, city streets became a temporary stage for some of the many performers (living statues, stilt-walkers, and fire-breathers) who had come from across the world to entertain audiences. The entire event -- both concert and street performances -- was filmed and the resulting DVD, Paradise, was released on November 22, 2005.
"War Pigs" is an anti-war song by British heavy metal rockers Black Sabbath from their 1970 album, Paranoid. The song talks about war and the absurdities of those who make war without regard to the powerless people who are sent to die. It's sometimes called a protest song.
It is the opening track on Paranoid, Black Sabbath's best selling album. It can also be found on every live and compilation album by the band along with Paranoid itself and "Iron Man".
"War Pigs" is featured in the PlayStation 2 game, Guitar Hero II.