Song of the Day, January 7: Absolutely Cuckoo by the Magnetic Fields

MagFieldsCuckooToday’s song is the introduction to the Magnetic Fields’ magnum opus, 69 Love Songs. Nothing could quite prepare the listener for the amazing three-disc journey of that album, but this brief, charming romp is a great way to start. In just over 90 seconds, vocalist, band leader and songwriter Stephin Merritt riffs on his own insecurities at breakneck speed.

In his best wounded deadpan, accompanied by a tinkly ukulele, Merritt makes a strong case for not falling in love, especially with him. The delivery is so wittily artless, however, that it’s hard not to sympathize with this neurotic mess. The result is a great welcome to an album all about love songs, subverting the form within the first few bars.

I’m easy to get rid of
But not if you fall in love
Know now that I’m on the make
And if you make a mistake
My heart will certainly break
I’ll have to jump in a lake
And all my friends will blame you
There’s no telling what they’ll do
It’s only fair to tell you
I’m absolutely cuckoo

Enjoy this classic Merritt moment today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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