The Magnetic Fields’ album 69 Love Songs is described by one music critic as “the slow-creeper that… stole my heart, blew my mind [and] broke my funny bone in 12 places.” One of the better-known tracks from that was 'I Don’t Want to Get Over You’, which was voted as the #1 Magnetic Fields’ track of all time in a shamelessly unempirical Smith Journal office straw poll conducted today. Now, Smith Journal readers can score a double pass to the Magnetic Fields’ two-night extravaganza, 50 Song Memoir at the Melbourne Festival this coming weekend. Songs 1–25 will be on Saturday, October 21st and songs 26–50 the following night (details below).
The story goes that on the eve of frontman Stephin Merritt’s 50th birthday, his record label suggested that he compose a song about each year of his life. And so he did. He penned 50 songs chronicling his 50 spins around the sun, and he'll be performing them all this weekend with an expanded Magnetic Fields septet – playing 50-odd instruments between them. (The Hoodoo Gurus’ Dave Faulkner wrote a cracker review of the show here.)
To go in the running to snare a double pass, enter your details via our online form.