Nerdy Numbers

Amy Lee Radigan takes us From Gotham to Gallifrey

  • Apr. 6, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Amy Lee Radigan

Amy Lee Radigan takes us From Gotham to Gallifrey

When Amy Lee Radigan put a video for her “Nerdy Girls Need Love Too” song online, she had no idea it would explode the way it did.

“I never expected the YouTube video to get more than 500 hits, which would mean all my Facebook friends had seen it,” says Lee Radigan, who performed at this year’s M Awards ceremony.

The video got well over 500 hits; as of press time, it was sitting at over 186,000, thanks, in part, to British sci fi/fantasy writer Neil Gaiman posting a link to the song on his Twitter feed.

“That was pretty much the highlight of my entire life. He’s been my favourite author for a really long time, ever since I read American Gods when I was 14,” Lee Radigan says. “I didn’t even know that he re-Tweeted it. I found out from somebody who posted a comment. All of a sudden there was a flood of comments that were like, ‘I’m so happy Neil Gaiman sent me here.’”

The overwhelming response to the video — “Nerdy Girls” got mentions on the Huffington Post, Think Geek and Geekologie — prompted her to think about putting together a record. Lee Radigan, who moved to Toronto from Victoria last year, had a handful of quirky songs she’d written for fun, so she set to work on writing a few more to fill out an album. The result is From Gotham to Gallifrey, her debut collection dealing with “a huge variety of nerdy topics,” whether it be Star Trek, comic book shops, Batman or Battlestar Galactica. A tricky task, given nerds’ penchant for pointing out continuity errors.

“It’s odd to write songs about things that you know you have to get right,” says Lee Radigan. “Emotional songs can just kind of flow and it doesn’t matter if they make sense, but it was a very interesting process to try and write songs that people would actually want to listen to while getting the facts right.”

Lee Radigan’s hope is to tour to comic conventions to perform her work (“It would be awesome to be able to play my music at comic conventions, to the people that I really wrote it for,” she says), but says the whole internet stardom thing has thrown her for a bit of a loop; after all, she started out more as an actress than a singer-songwriter.

“I picked up the guitar because I enjoyed singing when I was younger. It was an easy way to accompany myself and it was much more portable than a piano,” she says. “Maybe I can find a way to combine the two. I can write a nerd musical rock opera.”

Sounds good to us.

Catch Amy Lee Radigan’s CD release show at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Tickets are $10 at the downtown Curious Comics or amyleeradigan.com.

 

Just Posted

Thousands attend 31st TD Art Gallery Paint-In

Artists display their work along 20 blocks of Moss Street

Power the music: the Victoria Bike Music Fest returns

Audience members on stationary bikes will energize speakers as musicians play

Rat Pack back in Sidney

Tribute group re-ignites the magic of a Vegas gone by

SYMPHONY SPLASH: Movie music keeps things fun at Splash

Victoria Symphony event is far more than just a classical music concert

Iconic Langham Court keeps community involved in theatre

Rockland-based company continues building legacy after nine decades

Big-time racing on tap in Langford this month

Western Speedway the place to be for a roaring good time in summer

Black Press videographer to direct full-length feature, wins Telefilm grant worth $125,000

Arnold Lim to expand story of All-In Madonna with writer Susie Winters, producer Ana de Lara

Saanich Fair: An idea is born

The attaining of a 150th year anniversary is a notable event in… Continue reading

B.C. singer up against Shania Twain for Canadian country music award

Madeline Merlo and Shania Twain are two of five nominees for female artist of the year.

Reviews are in for B.C.-shot ‘Skyscraper’ action movie

City’s film liaison recalls four days of filming at city hall last fall, with Dwayne Johnson on set

Nicolas Cage films in B.C. town

Hollywood actor filming A Score to Settle in North Okanagan

Five fun things to do this weekend

From a paint in to festivals, there are lots of fun events taking place this weekend

Canadian actress Sandra Oh makes Emmys history with ‘Killing Eve’ nomination

Oh made history as the first Asian woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award for lead actress in a drama series.

Most Read