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Cambridge, Boston MA, United States (1990 – present)

The Magnetic Fields is a New York-based group fronted by Stephin Merritt. Recent albums released under the name “The Magnetic Fields” usually consist of music in a 1980s style underlying clever lyrics which are often heavily ironic. While synth-pop often forms the foundation of their music, The Magnetic Fields’ music borrows from many other styles, notably , and .

The band was originally formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1990 by friends Merritt and (percussionist/pianist/vocalist) Claudia Gonson. While 1991’s Distant Plastic Trees and 1992’s The Wayward Bus (now most easily available together as a compilation, The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees) are sung by Susan Anway, all subsequent albums are principally sung by Merritt himself.

Longtime members include: Gonson, (cellist) Sam Davol, and (banjo player/guitarist) John Woo. Contributors include (but are not limited to) the singers Susan Anway, Dudley Klute, Shirley Simms, and LD Beghtol, and the accordionist/writer Daniel Handler (famous for writing the childrens’ books A Series of Unfortunate Events under the alias Lemony Snicket).

Their most popular and best-selling album to date is 69 Love Songs issued on Merge Records as a triple album filled with many fairly short songs that are reminiscent of early Beatles productions.


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  • Early_Birds


    3 Oct 4:30am Reply
  • WS9167

    the magnetic fedoras [3]

    30 Sep 7:00pm Reply
  • kamiekaymee

    I love his writing, so cheeky & so true!

    20 Sep 12:44pm Reply
  • Teddy69_

    the magnetic fedoras [2]

    16 Sep 8:19am Reply
  • KalleHoo

    lol at fedora

    8 Sep 3:53pm Reply
  • RiskGrave

    Got me through the hardest times of my life.

    1 Sep 10:19am Reply
  • theironictea

    the magnetic feels [8]

    29 Aug 9:28pm Reply
  • stampit

    really really sad songs everywhere

    27 Aug 7:33am Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    Well I'm sorry that I love you It's a phase I'm going through There is nothing that I can do And I'm sorry that I love you

    12 Aug 11:53pm Reply
  • anchortiger


    4 Aug 12:52pm Reply
  • moshprincess

    why is the man so sad

    2 Aug 11:13pm Reply
  • TheMalkinJewel

    69 love songs best album ever

    26 Jul 5:04am Reply
  • Rocker_d

    I love Stephin Merritt's writing skills ;) It's fucking ironic and romantic .

    19 Jul 6:32am Reply
  • Nimbie

    The Wayward Bus is so Phil Spector

    4 Jul 7:11pm Reply
  • obefm

    stephin's one of the best songwriters of all time

    9 Jun 9:54am Reply
  • qwerty347

    Two Characters In Search Of A Country Song

    5 Jun 11:23am Reply
  • jimmypepper

    25 May 11:05pm Reply
  • Die_katzee

    I dont think I'll ever defend another album as much as I'll defend 69 Love Songs

    17 May 12:39pm Reply
  • ihavesoldout

    The Magnetic Fields are good.

    5 May 7:35pm Reply
  • kaelvan

    Lemony Snicket help form this band...all this time I never knew.

    2 Apr 10:02pm Reply
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