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Stephin Merritt


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Stephin Merritt (born 1966 in New York City, United States) is a . He has created and played principal roles in the following bands: The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes.

He briefly used the name The Baudelaire Memorial Orchestra as an attribution for a song written for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, entitled “Scream and Run Away”. Further music was recorded for the audiobook versions of the series and is attributed to The Gothic Archies.

Under his own name, he recorded and released the soundtracks to the films Eban and Charley and Pieces of April. The soundtrack to the late Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete featured many of his songs.

He and director Chen Shi-Zheng have collaborated on three pieces of musical theatre; Orphan of Zhao (2003), Peach Blossom Fan (2004), and My Life as a Fairy Tale (2005). Select tracks from these works have been released on Nonesuch Records under the title Showtunes.

Merritt is openly . His lyrics are known for bending and blurring the gender line; examples include the song When My Boy Walks Down the Street, sung by a male vocalist, which contains the lyric “and he’s going to be my wife”. He is fascinated with the undead, often making veiled or explicit references to vampires. Other frequent motifs in his lyrics include trains and railroads, the moon, dancing, eyes, and, of course, love.


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  • PirateDolly13

    I think he may in fact be an alien sent forth to Earth in an attempt to satritize our dreadful, constraining field of music. [3]

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • GorsebSambardo

    Every time I'm about to listen to another Stephin Merritt project, I think, "there's no way this can be as great as the rest of his stuff." It's probably one of the things I'm most consistently wrong about.

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • knownothingable

    I think Stephin Merritt is my first true love when it comes to music.

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TheAlbumYard

    Stephin Merritt – Obscurities (2011) in a YouTube playlist:

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
  • stevesanta

    What a cool guy. I'd love to see him do a collaboration with Daniel Johnston.

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Chows

    I think he may in fact be an alien sent forth to Earth in an attempt to satritize our dreadful, constraining field of music. [2]

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • RodcetNife

    Maybe he should be illegal, he just makes life too complete.

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    A Coraline musical, huh? Cool.

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • withallmypower

    I want to eat him up(2)

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ManIDontEven

    Ok, this man can do no wrong. I think he may in fact be an alien sent forth to Earth in an attempt to satritize our dreadful, constraining field of music.

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Cox_of_Seagulls

    I love this man.

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • loopeyloop

    I want to eat him up

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • stereocase


    7 May 2010 Reply
  • davethegnome

    If you like the Showtunes album, check out Stephen Merritt's offerings on Amazon Mp3 because the they have the full albums for the musicals that the songs from the Showtunes album came from...

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • insomniacme

    well ever since my last post, Showtunes has become one of absolute favs. So yeah ....

    21 Sep 2009 Reply
  • jessefivey

    The most depressed man in rock.

    28 Jul 2009 Reply
  • insomniacme

    I'd like Showtunes as well pls!

    13 May 2009 Reply
  • d_entonado

    (if anyone could share showtunes i'd be your best friend forever. ) me too!!

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • laurenade


    7 Nov 2008 Reply
  • palanwen

    yeah, i'd pretty much agree.

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
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