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A Moscow-born singer/songwriter, known for her quirky lyrics. She has quite a large range, from earworms to downright depressing ballads. Immigrating with her parents at the age of 12 to New York, something she has sung about, she has since gained a steady ground in the anti-folk scene.


Discography

  • 11:11 (2001)
  • Songs (2002)
  • Soviet Kitsch (2004)
  • Begin to Hope (2006)
  • Far (2009)
  • What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (2012)

She and Her Works Provide Examples Of:

  • An Immigrant's Tale: "Rockland County" and "8th Floor" both revolve around the immigrant experience - the first is Spektor's most autobiographical song, the second a more general allegory for the Russian-American experience.
  • Previous Album Title Drop: "Düsseldorf", a bonus track on the deluxe version of Begin to Hope, features a reference to "Soviet kitsch".
  • Award Bait Song: "The Call" for Prince Caspian
  • Awesome McCoolname: Not only is Spektor an awesome name (it sounds like it could be a G.I. Joe villain), her brother has a song named after him. "Bear Spektor." His name is Bear Spektor.
    • Unfortunately it's only a nickname. His real name's Barry.
  • Berserk Button: Most of Regina's songs are either quirky and adorable or balladic and depressing, but the live-only song "Ink Stains" is her only genuinely angry song, about how she wants to gas Holocaust deniers. It has some uncharacteristically gory imagery ("so who'll be the Jew to make the papers / drenched in blood up to your blue Jew eyeballs") and the song ends with an angry, emotional wail. She's also posted on her Myspace blog about her support for Israel because of how the Jews have been exploited and massacred throughout history.
  • Big Applesauce: New York is frequently mentioned in her songs, including locations such as the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Both "Après Moi" and "8th Floor" contain untranslated Russian, the former featuring a poem by Boris Pasternak.
    • "Après Moi" has some French (the title references and includes the famous Louis XV quote, "Après moi, le deluge"), as well.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "Fidelity", the only song of hers to come close to troubling the pop charts, features no piano. While not a bad song, that is her signature thing.
    • Oddly enough, the music video for the single does show Regina playing the piano at several points.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Humourously describes herself as a "tough girl from The Bronx"
  • Call-and-Response Song: "Uh-Merica."
    • "Hell No", as a duet with Sondre Lerche.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She may be this, but seems to have her head together in interviews. She's probably just a little weird and sweet.
  • Cool Teacher: Her role in the video for "On the Radio" is a music teacher in an Inner-City School.
  • Country Music: She made a strange little trip into the genre with "Love You're A Whore." Her explanation to the crowd at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee:

  Regina: I'm from Moscow, and then the Bronx, so I'm allowed to do whatever the fuck I want!

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