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Stephin Merritt: "I was sitting in the Townhouse in midtown Manhattan, a tony gay piano bar with pictures of racehorses on the wall. I was listening to the pianist grapple with Stephen Sondheim songs, and I thought 'I really should get into theater music, because I'd be good at it.' Half the songs I like were written for the theater, and you know, I'm a show tune kind of guy. I decided I'd write one hundred love songs as a way of introducing myself to the world. Then I realized how long that would be. So I settled on sixty-nine. I'd have a theatrical revue with four drag queens. And whoever the audience liked best at the end of the night would get paid." (Source: interview with Johnny Ray Houston in San Francisco Bay Guardian, 1999-09-01, no longer available online)
Stephin Merritt: "I was sitting in the Townhouse in midtown Manhattan, a tony gay piano bar with pictures of racehorses on the wall. I was listening to the pianist grapple with Stephen Sondheim songs, and I thought 'I really should get into theater music, because I'd be good at it.' Half the songs I like were written for the theater, and you know, I'm a show tune kind of guy. I decided I'd write one hundred love songs as a way of introducing myself to the world. Then I realized how long that would be. So I settled on sixty-nine. I'd have a theatrical revue with four drag queens. And whoever the audience liked best at the end of the night would get paid." [Source]

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"I wanted to say — this is what I can do. Here I am, and I made 69 songs, and I think they're all good even though they're all built on the same general theme. I like the fact that 69 Love Songs insists that there is a genre called 'love songs' that has nothing to do with instrumentation, nothing to do with conventions, nothing really to do with lyrics or melodies. The only thing that holds this collection together is something extra-musical — which is love." [Source]
"I wanted to say — this is what I can do. Here I am, and I made 69 songs, and I think they're all good even though they're all built on the same general theme. I like the fact that 69 Love Songs insists that there is a genre called 'love songs' that has nothing to do with instrumentation, nothing to do with conventions, nothing really to do with lyrics or melodies. The only thing that holds this collection together is something extra-musical — which is love." (Source: interview with Tim Page in Washington Post, 2000-05-07, no longer freely available online)