Wednesday, August 10, 2005

slightly disgruntled with this tribute

let me start by saying that i'm probably a bigger fan of the magnetic fields than any normal human being should be. my obsession with mr. stephin merritt is a bit on the absurd side, and i would gladly be his faghag at any place on any day.
so, you can see how happy i am when i find out that anyone, anywhere is paying tribute to this amazingly witty and beautiful man....and i was, i "was" very happy.
many of you may have been aware of a little website to which you could send your own versions of magnetic fields songs, if you happen to be a local indie, or minimally famous indie (i.e. 'mentioned once on catbirdseat') band. if you aren't aware (i.e. you have a family, or a life to take care of), then check it out...but please please please, for the love of all things, please do not go to this site if you have never heard these particular magnetic fields songs!!!! go listen to the originals first. the versions that you will hear on this site are completely void of all sense of originality and beauty that is the magnetic fields. souless, i would say. yes, i said it, the covers are completely souless. i know it's harsh, but really, these poor kids really shouldn't have let the belle and sebastian's of the world get so deeply inside their heads. (example, this version of 'the luckiest guy on the lower east side' , so very sad)
please don't take this to mean that i think that i, personally, could have done a better job at covering a magnetic fields song;
i know i can't, and that's why I DON'T.
simple. advice for all of us.


Anonymous said...

I feel exactly the same way about the Gap Band.

the king of pain said...

I feel exactly the same way about fake ti-tties.