Song of the Day, January 12: The Night You Can’t Remember by the Magnetic Fields

Magnetic69NightToday’s song tells a tale of drunken passion and its aftermath. The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs is band leader Stephin Merritt’s sprawling masterpiece, a glorious set of songs about love songs. Toward the end of the set we encounter The Night You Can’t Remember. Merritt assumes the voice of a woman who had a one-night stand with a soldier. Their drunken frolic left him blacked out and her pregnant, resulting in

The night you can’t remember…the night I can’t forget.

Sung with smart wordplay in Merritt’s lilting deadpan over a bed of distorted ukulele, it’s a classic Magnetic Fields moment. Enjoy this fun song 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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