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Distortion - The Magnetic Fields album: list of songs and lyrics translation

Informations about the album Distortion by The Magnetic Fields

Saturday 5 December 2020 is the date of the release of The Magnetic Fields new album, entitled Distortion.
The Magnetic Fields (named after André Breton's novel Les Champs Magnétiques) is an American indie pop group founded and led by Stephin Merritt. He is the group's main songwriter, producer and singer, as well as a frequent multi-instrumentalist. The Magnetic Fields is essentially a vehicle for Merritt's songwriting, along with various side projects, such as The 6ths, The Magnetic Fields (named after André Breton's novel Les Champs Magnétiques) is an American indie pop group founded and led by Stephin Merritt. He is the group's main songwriter, producer and singer, as well as a frequent multi-instrumentalist. The Magnetic Fields is essentially a vehicle for Merritt's songwriting, along with various side projects, such as The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, and The Gothic Archies. While the band's particular musical style is usually as malleable as Merritt's songwriting, his songs are commonly attributed to pop genres and sub-genres: synthpop, indie pop and noise pop. The band is often cited as recognizable from Merritt's lyrics too, often about love and / or with irregular or neutral gender roles, which are themselves ironic, ironic, bitter and funny. 'roll band was supposed to be a metaphor, but apparently, my parents were in a rock'n'roll band for a few weeks in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands in 1964. My scruffy father sang and played guitar, and my mother beatnik played the tambourine and maybe sang like Betty in the Archies. I wonder how they sounded? This song can be heard as gleefully blasphemous, but it can also be heard from the point of view of Mary Magdalene or a similar biblical character who may have intimate relationships with the Son of man. Either way it suggests a relationship like what we now call B&D, so when I sing it live, I imagine it's Marlon Brando in 'The Wild One': biker jacket, tousled hair, full lips…. Reno is a director friend of mine, who has the best name. Nowadays I would never name a song after someone I knew. What if I stop liking it? What if he didn't like the song? Reno is a treasure, but what if he were kidnapped in a religious cult with contentious tendencies? It could have gone wrong so much! Luckily I was unaware.
The album is composed by 12 songs. You can click on the songs to see the corresponding lyrics and translations:
These are some hits sung by The Magnetic Fields. You will find the name of the album in brackets:
  • California Girls
  • Old Fools
  • Xavier Says
  • Please Stop Dancing
  • Too Drunk to Dream
  • The Nun's Litany
  • I'll Dream Alone
  • Zombie Boy
  • Courtesans
  • Till the Bitter End
  • Mr. Mistletoe
  • Three‐Way

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