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One song for each category, is it? I'd like to know everyone's views.

the pinefox, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

I do apologise: that originally say SEARCH AND DESTROY at the top. It should still do, but doesn't. This is a SEARCH AND DESTROY thread. It's a thread for the SEARCH AND DESTROY category. The category it belongs in is SEARCH AND DESTROY.

Bloody computers, always helping me find some new way to look silly.

By the way, this is a SEARCH AND DESTROY question.

the pinefox, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

I mean, it originally *said* 'SEARCH AND DESTROY' at the top.

Incidentally, this is a SEARCH AND DESTROY question.

the pinefox, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

I almost forgot: Search? I guess it can only be 'The Book Of Love'. Destroy? I've panned 'Tokyo-a-Go-Go' so many times now - how about 'It's Useless To Struggle'?

the pinefox, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

What kind of question is this again? ;)

Search: Busby Berkely Dreams Destroy: EVERYTHING ELSE EVER ASSOCIATED EVEN TANGENTIALLY WITH THIS MAN ARRRRGH.

Ally, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

It's a SEARCH AND DESTROY question.

Hope that's cleared that up.

the pinefox, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Does that mean we get to destroy New York, Ally? And Stephen Sondheim? And toy dogs? And cigarettes? And being rude? And homosexuality? And Time Out? You're a hard one.

Nick, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Search: New York, Stephen Sondheim. Destroy: Time Out, cigarettes.

the pinefox, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

search: summer lies, the book of love, 100,000 Fireflies, Candy, Strange Powers destroy: his press agent, a lot of 69 Love Songs, his repugnant holier than Jesus attitude.

Pete, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

ive never heard him, along with B+s and AMON DUUL, SORRY

gEORDIE rACER, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

as overrated as outkast.

gareth, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Search : "Like a Movie Star", "San Diego Zoo", "When My Boy Walks Down The Street", "Papa was a Rodeo", "Washington DC", "Yeah, Oh Yeah","Sweet Lovin' man" and "If you Don't Mind"

Destroy : The Melanie track on "Hyacinths and Thistles"

Dr. C, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

S: GET LOST D: A lot of 69 Love Songs and all the people who worship him like a gad.

Tim Baier, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

search: "you love to fail," "the dreaming moon," cover of numan's "i die: you die," future bible heroes' "lonely days," "luckiest guy on the lower east side," "in my secret place," and the live merritt versions of the hyacinths & thistles songs.

destroy: "love is like jazz," "sugar world," "for we are the king of the boudoir," the mata hari line in "as you turn to go."

fred solinger, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Search: I like it all except...Destroy: the banjo

Steven James, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

1. 'If You Don't *Cry*'? That one is tip-top. Don't think I know an 'If You Don't Mind'.

2. Agree about the Melanie track.

3. Never heard the Merritt 6ths tracks.

4. Ukulele? Or is it 'ukelele'?

the pinefox, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

search: "smoke and mirrors"

destroy: "acoustic guitar"

sundar subramanian, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

You're welcome to destroy Time Out NY (nothing I've found in there lately has been remotely worth reading), cigarettes (will help me quit), Sondheim (not a fan), hell destroy NY (gives me an excuse to finally fuck off). The world would probably be a better place, just so long as Mr. Merrit was destroyed along with all of that.

I was having this conversation with Ned: had 69LS NOT been, erm, 69 songs and was instead a single album, would ANYONE give a damn? Judging by the "Oh, that's nice" basically-ignoring-them reaction to previous Merrit work by the mainstream press, I say no. You're welcome to have your own opinion, but if there was no gimmick to 69LS I really doubt it'd get the bloody rating it gets now. It's like the modern day White Album: ooh, but there's SO MANY TRACKS! Yes, but I think most of them are crap so what's the point?

Maybe Blur should try it. They might get rated.

Ally, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Search: for a gun

Destroy: the idolators

I would refer you to my rant last year, but alas, the tanking of FT means it's currently somewhere in the ether. I will allow for "I Die: You Die," though.

And yeah, the destruction of New York sounds like a FANTASTIC idea and I'd flip the switch. I'd save my friends first, though, no reason they should suffer. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

_69ls_ is different from other mf albums in its attempt to cover many different genres, its multiple vocalists, and its instrumentation, as well as the lyrical style. not to say that it's better -- i'll take _get lost_ -- but that "so many tracks" isn't the only difference to explain the press interest.

ned, i thought you mentioned in your rant that you hadn't even heard much sm, that you were attacking indie culture and its hero-worship. your sm-hostility is puzzling in that context.

"busby berkeley dreams" is a good choice though.

sundar subramanian, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

I haven't. And what I have heard, I do like the Numan cover the best, which apparently breaks the hearts of many people but they're not me and I'm not answering to them. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Search: "Sweet Lovin' Man"

Destroy: Ned's attitude ;)

Patrick, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Can't. Too ingrained. You can easily work around it, though. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Search: cigarettes, homosexuality, being rude, The Wasps Nest album by The Sixths. Destroy: 1/3 of 69ls, the Gothic Archies, and the Three Terrors.

Sterling Clover, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

sterling, what ever do you have against the three terrors?! i enjoyed their last show quite a bit. explain yourself, man!

fred solinger, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Three terrors = play occasional shows on east coast. Sterling = lives on west coast. Thus, destroy.

Sterling Clover, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Pinefox, you're right - I meant "If you don't cry".

Dr. C, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

SEARCH: Summer Lies, all of hyacinths & thistles, Busby Berkly Dreams, Luckiest Guy, Desert Island

DESTROY: nothing, well maybe punk love.

Jeff, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

1. I was wrong - oh, so wrong! - about Melanie. I love that track. I think I thought you meant Odetta. I think most of the second half of H&C is bad, but 'I've Got New York' is a blinder. Actually, Tom E was somewhat 'on the money' in his review about it last year.

2. No, 69LS is not only significant cos there are so many tracks. It's significant cos there are so many tracks and so many of them are outright death-defyingly wonderful.

3. Have never heard that Gary Numan cover. Probably don't want to.

4. It's nice that all these people like Get Lost, but I think it's a mix of the sublime and the dull. For 'Desperate Things' alone, worth the entrance fee, but there's that godawful slow one - track 6 or something - which is close to being a 'Destroy' candidate. In fact, 'You & Me and the Moon' is bland, too, and 'Save A Secret For the Moon' is only just redeemed by the line 'Write it on a black balloon', and 'The Village In The Morning' is average. Too much of it is too average, given his standards elsewhere. That said, I still think it beats the overrated Holiday on account of its high points.

This is pointless. I do apologize.

4. Nominating 'loads of 69LS' or whatever is unhelpful - it doesn't tell us what you don't like about 69LS, or why. Stevie T, for all his errors of judgement elsewhere, has surely made the definitive defence of the 'weak' tracks on 69LS, re. their part in a larger pattern which ought not to be disturbed.

the pinefox, Saturday, 28 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Search: "100,000 Fireflies", "Lonely Days", "Take Ecstacy With Me", "All The Umbrellas In London", "Love Is Lighter Than Air", "Just Like A Movie Star", "Come Back From San Francisco", "A Pretty Girl Is Like ...", "Papa Was A Rodeo", "The Death of Ferdinand de Saussure", "Xylophone Track".

Destroy: "Love Is Like Jazz", "It's a Crime", "For We Are The King Of The Boudoir", "I've Got New York", "The Dead Only Quickly", "Waltzing Me All The Way Home".

Robin Carmody, Saturday, 28 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

i like "for we are the king of the boudoir" if only for the coining of "prowesslessnesslessness." why is it so unpopular?

sundar subramanian, Saturday, 28 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

At a guess, because us easily-irritated types find it overtly mock- elegant.

First of the Ruralpolitans, Saturday, 28 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

I just don't like it because it sucks.

Josh, Sunday, 29 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Not their best song, but I don't think it "sucks". I wouldn't like to be the one to tell ld beghtol that one of his performances sucked.

the pinefox, Monday, 30 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know whether it sucks, or "sucks", but I don't like it.

Tim, Monday, 30 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

I know, and - as someone says in Richard II - well have you argued.

But do *you* want to be the one to tell ld?

the pinefox, Monday, 30 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Well, not really, but then I don't really relish the task of telling anyone that I don't like the music they make. I don't know anything about LD, is he likely to react badly?

Tim, Monday, 30 April 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

So what's the definative purchase? I'm gonna buy some tommorrow, unless I'm convinced otherwise. (And just to add a touch of spice, if I don't buy it I'll give the money to a 'worthy' cause.)

K-reg, Tuesday, 1 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Right, I'm adopting a rhino

K-reg, Wednesday, 2 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

K-Reg: the definitive purchase - in the sense of The Masterpiece - is 69 Love Songs. It can be quite pricey or great value, depending where you go. It is not entirely typical of his work (if anything is), but is packed with pastiches and exercises in other people's styles: roughly speaking, a pop equivalent of Ulysses.

The best other record to get is the single CD which collects the first two albums: Distant Plastic Trees (1989) / The Wayward Bus (1991). The first LP is somewhat experimental, the second LP more a pure pop-fest, but still underlaid with loads of strange noises that take some getting used to. The melodies are magnificent and astounding.

The later LPs are more patchy. Holiday, I think, is overrated: irritating production, average songs. The Charm of the Highway Strip is an electronic, inorganic version of country music which works extremely well but is a tad short. Get Lost mixes sublime songs with dull ones and is somewhat lusher in sound than the previous records. There was also a sort of ep, The House of Tomorrow, which has two corkers and three duller tracks (as far as I can remember). It's worth having but overpriced.

Then there are the other bands. I don't know much Future Bible Heroes: that's a kind of disco project as far as I can make out. I don't really know any Gothic Archies either: that's difficult goth rock as far as I can make out. The 6ths = Merritt songs sung by other singers, only a few of whom are really well-know. Both 6ths LPs are mixed bags but worth having. The first, Wasps' Nests, is a bit murky and samey (Tom E has said this elsewhere) but does kick off with three aboslute peaches: almost worth it for its opening track 'San Diego Zoo' alone. The 2nd 6ths LP, Hyacinths & Thistles, is a record of two halves: a load of really strong material on side 1, a load of disappointing throwaway camp nonsense on side 2 (plus one good song that should have been on side 1: then you could cut it in half and throw away the worse half, as I think Hamlet says of his mother's heart).

Lots of people are not interested in this stuff anyway, but if you are, I think the list of essential purchases should go:

69 Love Songs - The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees - The Charm of the Highway Strip - Get Lost - Holiday - Wasps' Nests - Hyacinths & Thistles - House of Tomorrow // then all the other records I don't know.

The rhino can wait. Start with the zebra.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 2 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Pinefox, I'd further investigate the Future Bible Heroes - it's more of a pure synthpop project than a disco project and while I'm never quite sure what anyone means by melodies (as something some people seem able to separate from everything else going on in a song) it does have some marvellous tunes. I'd rate it much higher than either Sixths album.

Tom, Wednesday, 2 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Apparently the rhino's deaf.

K-reg, Wednesday, 2 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Only half-way through. It's certainly stopped me from getting any work done this afternoon. But that's about as much praise as I'm willing to give something described as the Pop equivalent of Ulysses. Sounds more Dave Eggers at the moment. (That's a good thing)

K-reg, Thursday, 3 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Johnny Cash, Jim Morrison, Leonard Cohen.... who the hell...? it's very good.

K-reg, Thursday, 3 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

"It took a lost weekend and hotel in Amsterdam, double pneumonia in a single room, and the sickest joke was the price of the medicine, are you laughing at me now, may I please laugh along" but what's the next line?

K-reg, Friday, 4 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

This morning I woke up from a deep unquiet sleep with ashtray clothes and Miss Lonelyheart's pen / with which I wrote for you a lovesong in a tattoo upon my palm / 'Twas stolen from me when Jesus took my hand

But why?

Nick, Friday, 4 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

Associations with 69 Love Stories brought it up, thought this thread could fill in the blanks. I've been singing those lines for years unsure what I was actually saying - some of my favourite opening lines along with Cave's 'interventionist god' line off Into my Arms. Some people can get away with it, some can't.

K-reg, Friday, 4 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
Blimey, now that I have rediscovered this thread I can see that it did go all funny at the end. Deaf rhinos I expect on ILM, but Lloyd Cole? Never!

the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...
i have just heard FBH - it's alright

a-33, Monday, 22 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Search : "Alien Being", "Rats In The Garbage Of The Western World", "Technical (You're So)", "I Don't Believe You", "Long Vermont Roads", "Long-Forgotten Fairytale", "Tokyo-a-Go-Go", "The Death Of Ferdinand de Saussure", "Yeah! Oh Yeah!".

Destroy : I find "Asleep & Dreaming" slight, but I haven't actually been exposed to too many universally-panned SM tracks (my SM exposure largely due to ILM & filesharing).

Ess Kay (esskay), Sunday, 13 July 2003 04:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"And yeah, the destruction of New York sounds like a FANTASTIC idea and I'd flip the switch."

god, this was a while ago. we were all so innocent in our indiscriminate genocidal impulses.

Wyndham Earl, Sunday, 13 July 2003 05:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I love 'Asleep and Dreaming', it's absolutely beautiful! And clear/"honest" for him (I'm sure it isn't really that at all to HIM). Actually in the interview booklet that comes w/the good edition of the box he says he was orig going to do it in the style of Tigra and Bunny's 'Cars that Go Boom', or whatever it was called, which sounds great but I'm glad he didn't. I'd maybe destroy 'Zebra', but it's the most overt pastiche on the album so it's not really supposed to be GOOD in itself, I guess, so I don't really care.

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Sunday, 13 July 2003 10:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I have to admit I worship him like a gad of some sort, though

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Sunday, 13 July 2003 12:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
S: Charm of the Highway Strip, Disc 1 of 69LS
D: pretty much everything else

Yet I still count myself among his supplicants

Roque Strew (RoqueStrew), Monday, 13 June 2005 10:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

He's done a musical life of Hans Christian Andersen, staging here next month -- all-female cast, including Blair Brown and Fiona Shaw:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/92694.html

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 June 2005 12:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Search: "Holiday," "Charm," "Get Lost," "House of Tomorrow EP," the first Sixths album.
Destroy: At least 2/3rds of every album he's done from "69 Love Songs" on. Oh, and all side-projects, save the Sixths, whose first album is probably the best set of songs he's released.

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Monday, 13 June 2005 14:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The songs on the second 6ths album are at least as good, but I could tell largely from hearing him do them all live in the late '90s.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 June 2005 14:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

search any song, destroy any album. they sure are fantastic live though.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Monday, 13 June 2005 17:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is one of the hardest S/D threads because all of Merritt's releases have great and terrible things in them.

BTW, am I the only one here who LOVES both the music and the concept of the Gothic Archies. Has anybody listened to the songs he did for Lemony Snicket?

daavid (daavid), Monday, 13 June 2005 18:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i love the pinefox. not so sure about stephen merritt. what was the question again? i love the number 69 as well.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Monday, 13 June 2005 19:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

He's done a musical life of Hans Christian Andersen

pure spinal tap!

mookieproof (mookieproof), Monday, 13 June 2005 20:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ha - was just thinking today he must know about ILM - wonder if he's ever posted here anon?

anyone who loves (especially Holiday-era) Magnetic Fields should check The Russian Futurists
Matt tends more to the swoony heartache side of Merritt than ironic detachment
but nails the humour too. you can get choked up just reading the lyric sheet...
"A Telegram From The Future" has a melody as aching as anything Brian Wilson wrote!

Magnetic Fields/The 6ths?
Search especially Holiday, Charm..., Get Lost, Wasp's Nests, loads of good songs on those albums
Destroy? don't like the more campy ironic stuff as much - he can get rather cutesy
he's stronger when subversively straight

Paul (scifisoul), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 02:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

>>He's done a musical life of Hans Christian Andersenpure spinal tap!<

Hmm? Closer to pure Frank Loesser. "Inchworm, inchworm / Measuring the marigolds..."

>was just thinking today he must know about ILM<

You sure? When he was on Merge he bristled hugely when anyone attempted to place him in an 'indie' genre.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 12:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

no, ILM = I Love Music - this site, nothing to do with indie genre

Paul (scifisoul), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 02:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i haven't listened to his music in years, but perhaps it's time again? he lost me with that 69 love songs fiasco (is it safe to say it's a fiasco now?)

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 03:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

isn't 69 love songs considered a timeless classic now? anyway i nominate the first vitesse album for the title of best magnetic fields album.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 04:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...
Streaming in a couple hours, archived soon thereafter ...

http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/ML


Tune in Friday, May 12 from noon-3pm as guest DJ Stephin Merritt joins
Monica for a celebration of the song "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah." My, oh my,
it'll be a wonderful day.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 May 2006 13:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15859351

the pinefox, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 20:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

'wielder of flails and maces'

Almost like watching the Foxgloves at work, save that he is a better lead guitarist; certainly a better one than I had imagined.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 20:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

This is very cool. I hope they do more.

Mr. Goodman, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 20:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Is there a thread about this yet?

http://www.strangepowersfilm.com/

I'm kind of surprised Merritt would agree to do this, pleasantly surprised.

one boob is free with one (daavid), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 06:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

I gotta say the trailer looks kinda disappointing though.

one boob is free with one (daavid), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 06:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

hadnt ever heard this, its on the obscurities collection now, <3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or8IdHEuvGA

johnny crunch, Saturday, 10 September 2011 03:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

as overrated as outkast.

― gareth, Thursday, April 26, 2001 7:00 PM (10 years ago) Bookmark

lol

rip van wanko, Saturday, 10 September 2011 03:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The obscurities collection is horrible, but I'm still wanting to see the documentary about Merritt. Anyone seen it?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 5 November 2011 03:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Haven't, but it's on Netflix.

your way better (Eazy), Saturday, 5 November 2011 04:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

I saw its one local cinema screening last year. Was weirdly compromised by trying not to get too indepth for casual viewers, and assuming large parts of the narrative would be commonly known. Would have enjoyed a longer, more leisurely cut more.

٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ (sic), Saturday, 5 November 2011 06:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://watching-tv.ew.com/2011/11/01/craig-ferguson-neil-gaiman-stephin-merritt-moby-halloween/

― Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Saturday, November 5, 2011 5:47 AM (4 hours ago) Bookmark

I loved this!!

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 5 November 2011 08:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

I like the Obscurities collection! Some real gems on there.

She Got the Shakes, Saturday, 5 November 2011 11:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

The doc is good, gets to the essence of his persona and m.o.

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 5 November 2011 16:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Obscurities collection is OK, it works if you're in the mood for a Merritt mixtape, but there's nothing essential on there.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 5 November 2011 18:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is the greatest magnetic fields song of all, t/f

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVEhNHIzJec

double whooooaaaaa! (Z S), Saturday, 5 November 2011 18:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

Enjoyed the documentary very much.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 10 November 2011 16:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Resented the description of the typical Magnetic Fields fan as being variously "from Brooklyn or Manhattan," "looking like they're from Brooklyn or Manhattan," "gay," or "young." I am none of these things. I also disliked how they glossed over I, which I think is a way underrated album (I know I'm in the minority here).

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 10 November 2011 16:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

maybe this was descriptive of a 1995 vintage MF fan?

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 November 2011 16:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

It took me a while to come around to I, which was kind of his breakthrough in Britain (bunch of Guardian/Observer features etc).

encarta it (Gukbe), Thursday, 10 November 2011 17:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

Glossed over? They really don't talk about any of the albums in depth, and only mention Distortion and 69 Love Songs in any sort of detail at all. I suppose like most docs it captures the man/band at a particular time and place, with bits and pieces of interesting bio stuff scattered throughout.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 November 2011 18:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

exactly, it wasn't aiming for a career survey.

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

I know. I just thought it seemed abrupt to be showing footage of the 69 Love Songs shows and then immediately cut to the recording of Distortion.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
six years pass...

tonight on WFMU's Morricone Island (7pm EDT):

Tue. May 14th, 7pm - 8pm: Stephin Merritt
Stephin Merritt stops by to discuss his upcoming original live score for Tod Browning's 1925 silent film "The Unholy Three" starring Lon Chaney at Town Hall on May 18th, with accordionist/novelist Daniel Handler and violist Pinky Weitzman. In addition to releasing albums with The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies and Future Bible Heroes, Merritt has composed for films "Pieces of April," "Eban and Charley" and "In The Courtyard" as well live scored the 1916 silent "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and Tod Browning's 1927 "The Unknown."

http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/PE

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 22:00 (one week ago) Permalink


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