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This site is an unofficial companion piece to the triple album 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields. It focuses on each of the songs on the album, providing background information on source materials, lyrical references, musical tropes and influences.

The heart of the site is the series of pages devoted to each song: use the navigation on the left to view songs in Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3, or via the list of all songs (alphabetical). See the site map for a full overview of the site.

Stephin Merritt, who wrote all the songs, originally conceived 69 Love Songs as a grandiose musical revue, as described in the background story to the album and some of these Stephin Merritt quotes. The album was released in 1999 in the USA and 2000 in Europe and Australia — full release details.

The site contains links to reviews of the album and concert reviews. There are a number of Stephin Merritt interviews and features from the media around the world.

With tongue in cheek, there is a list of influences and comparisons for 69 Love Songs, plus some album-related trivia and miscellany.

If you like this site, may we also recommend

  • LD Beghtol's 69 Love Songs — A Field Guide, an illustrated history of the album — LD was a member of The Magnetic Fields for the recording of the album and has contributed to many pages on this site, so you are warmly encouraged to buy his book. [Amazon UK] [Amazon US].
  • [How Fucking Romantic]: a project to create an illustrated version of 69 Love Songs by "a loose collection of mostly London-based comic-artists, illustrators and writers" — don't know these folks, but love their style.

The site is a collective effort: fans and friends of the album are invited to edit and add to the pages directly. See how to make changes to the pages (including how to log in). Feel free to add questions and suggestions.

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This site is licensed under a [Creative Commons License].

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