I first came across Stephin Merritt and his band The Magnetic Fields when the romantic dramedy Shall We Dance? came out: the movie was only average, but I fell in love with Peter Gabriel’s amazing song “The Book of Love.” As I looked up where to hear it again, I found out that it was a cover of a Magnetic Fields song. I checked out the original version on YouTube and also loved it.
That was all I knew of them until last night. Driving home from work, I caught a quick bit about their new album on NPR, which used a snippet of one track off of it, “You Must Be Out of Your Mind.” Guess what? I immediately fell for that song, too. Something about ironic, bittersweet, gravelly indie folk songs, I suppose.
At any rate, if you’re not familiar with this clever and creative band, check them out. My local library district has their three most recent albums, and I’m currently on the waiting list for the new one. Here’s the song I just mentioned:
Here’s Peter Gabriel’s cover of “The Book of Love:”
And The Magnetic Fields’s original version: