Today is the birthday of songwriter Stephin Merritt, the creative force behind the Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, Future Bible Heroes and the Gothic Archies. His music is melodic, inventive, soulful, smart and funny. Like Sebastian Knight, Merritt “uses parody as a kind of springboard for leaping into the highest region of serious emotion.” If you don’t know his work, you should.
Mr. Merritt deserves to be fabulously wealthy. I advise you to purchase his entire back catalog. 69 Love Songs would be a good place to start. Know that I do not stand to profit from this endorsement. I tell you this only because he is that good.
Empirical evidence below:
1. Here in My Heart by the 6ths, from Wasps’ Nests (1995)
2. O! What a Dream It Was by Future Bible Heroes, from 12 Tales (2002)
3. Smile, No One Cares How You Feel by the Gothic Archies, from Survive and Advance: A Merge Records Compilation (2001)
4. Always Already Gone by the Magnetic Fields, from Realism (2010)
…and More Stephin Merritt