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Zebra provides the other bookend to 69 Love Songs, complementing Absolutely Cuckoo at the start.

Stephin Merritt has frequently said that he is not a big fan of Cole Porter [example], but in the 69 Love Songs booklet he acknowledges that Zebra is a parody of Cole Porter.

'We've got so many tchotchkes / we've practically emptied the Louvre'

'Tchotchke' is a Yiddish word, meaning trinket, or knickknack — usually inexpensive, and therefore not the kind of thing you'd usually expect to find in the Louvre, home to one France's most valuable art collections [link].


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