Twelve years ago today, the Magnetic Fields released 69 Love Songs. Initially conceived as a theatrical revue performed by drag queens, 69 Love Songs took a different status entirely as a beloved pillar of indie pop. Though hardly a best-seller then or now, it retains a certain mystique as an album one could devote years to (witness this book or this project documenting each song in graphic form). Everything Stephin Merritt had been building with the Magnetic Fields over the previous six albums came to fruition here and then some.
Sprawling even by Merritt’s standards, 69 Love Songs covers a mind-boggling array of genres. So, in honor of its anniversary, we’ve selected a set of 12 covers that do the same. Some songs will make you dance; others will make you weep. It’s a barely-coherent smorgasbord of sounds, sources, and interpretations. Given the source material, that seems appropriate.
Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!
When Roger Waters began touring his performance of Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard quipped that this was “like Ringo doing Sgt Pepper’s.” The point being that Dark Side was really David Gilmour’s baby. Well tonight Waters embarks upon a new tour staging The Wall in its entirety (complete with actual wall). That’s more like Paul McCartney and a resurrected John Lennon doing Sgt. Pepper’s. Waters built the wall once; let him build it again.
In honor of tonight’s tour opener in Toronto, we dedicate the latest Full Album set to Waters’ masterpiece The Wall. At 26 tracks, it’s a pretty massive undertaking, so we’re making it a two-parter. Disc 1 comes today, disc 2 comes tomorrow. Incidentally, this marks only the second time we’ve tackled a double album; the first was a run at the Clash’s London Calling (find it here).