Phoebe Bridgers Regrets Never Seeing Sinead O'Connor's Live Show, Once Shaved Her Head for Her Idol
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Heartbroken by the death of the 'Nothing Compares 2 U' hitmaker, the 'Stranger in the Alps' singer 'unfortunately' never met the late idol or saw her live performance.

AceShowbiz - Phoebe Bridgers went bald in her youth to copy her idol Sinead O'Connor. The 28-year-old singer has remembered the late "Nothing Compares 2 U" star by penning a short essay for Rolling Stone magazine about the impact the mercurial Irish star had on her life and work.

Her tribute was published online on Wednesday, August 2, a week after Sinead was found dead in London aged 56 after moving to the capital from her native Ireland to finish what turned out to be her final album.

Phoebe, who wasn't even born when Sinead decided to bring attention to the cause of child abuse by ripping up a photo of the pope on "Saturday Night Live" in 1992, said in her piece she had a deep impact on her work and life after she learned about the singer-turned-activist.

Her article in full said, "I never met or saw Sinead live, unfortunately. When I heard she died, I was heartbroken. It reminded me of that one year, 2016, when everyone was dying, like Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. I thought, 'There's a hero I won't meet.' "

"When Sinead died, it hit me the same way. I probably first heard her thanks to my mom, who had - and still has - the coolest music tastes. Even before I heard Sinead's music, I knew she was a revolutionary. I was obsessed with her and the 'Nothing Compares 2 U' video."

"I even had a very, very short-shaved head in high school. I definitely shaved it for her. I have the worst-shaped head, so there weren't many people I would have shaved my head for."

"When I was a kid I pretended to know what she was talking about, but then I started digging into her and what she stood for. I learned more so that I wouldn't be embarrassed. She has a rap on a later album ('Famine') about the famine in Ireland that was forced upon them by the British government."

"When I first heard it, I thought, 'This is funny - Sinead O'Connor rapping.' But it's very informative and I thought, 'Whoa, I actually learned a bunch of things I didn't know.' "

She carried on, "So many protest songs, especially post-Bob Dylan, are so f****** corny. They feel like people knew they were supposed to write a protest song or appease a larger group they felt they should be a part of."

"But Sinead always believed things that she actually believed, not things she was told to believe by somebody else, even if it was completely subversive. That is so exemplified in 'Black Boys on Mopeds.' "

"It's such a simple recording. The thing about covering her is that she makes the hardest things to sing sound so easy. I had to practice 'Black Boys on Mopeds' so much to even do a for-idiots version of it."

"Her vocal styling is like unlike anything else. She does that Irish folk thing with her voice, the same way Dolores O'Riordan did, that is just so hard to do. I think you have to grow up doing it, and it's f****** incredible."

"Whether it's about the famine or the Catholic Church or Margaret Thatcher, history is on her side in a way it wasn't at the time. People and the media were not nice to her. She was ostracised from so many things, and so many people thought she was a grumpy person."

"It's abuse to be told to shut up and sing. It's abuse to be worshipped and then hated. It's such a sad and heartbreaking story. Behind every famous woman are tons and tons of rape and death threats. She made a huge sacrifice for women and for musicians and for people who believe in things. She was so not rewarded for it."

"If your entryway into politics or standing for something is because you want to be awesome like Sinead O'Connor, then great. She embodied what it means to be a musician and stand for something."

"Maybe it's the internet, but in today's landscape, people are told what is kosher to believe in and they just do that or the bare minimum. She was not like that at all. She made me feel like I was allowed to stand for things."

"It's still hard, but I feel so lucky to be in a landscape where I can feel validated and my beliefs are taken seriously. And that world exists because of Sinead's sacrifice."

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