[Home]When My Boy Walks Down The Street

In the 69 Love Songs booklet, Stephin Merritt says When My Boy Walks Down The Street is "more like the Jesus and Mary Chain" [Stephin Merritt writes about the Jesus and Mary Chain, 1998]. Which is almost true of the instrumental production, but the Jesus and Mary Chain never sang like this. The vocal sounds more like the Shangri-Las [link].

LD Beghtol writes that, "This song is also heavily influenced by The Three O'Clock [link], an LA 'paisley underground' band Stephin and Claudia loved in the 80s, whose terrific first two albums have just recently been released on CD".

Also from the booklet: Daniel Handler: "I think there will be people who hear this song think that '...and he's going to be my wife' is a gay marriage statement". Stephin Merritt: "Well, I suppose it is".

'Everyone thinks he's Petula'

A reference to Petula Clark [link], who is pictured with Claudia Gonson in the 69 Love Songs booklet.


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