Tuesday, June 13, 2006
The Magnetic Fields- I Looked All Over Town
The song got lost along the way.
In a thoughtful examination of the Stephin Merritt controversy concerning music and race at his remarkable Living In Stereo, writer David Cantwell confessed that he wasn't familiar with the music of The Magnetic Fields. I impulsively suggested that "I Looked All Over Town," from the "i" album, was perhaps my favorite song of 2004. In the song of heartbreak and isolation, Merritt examines the tears of a clown. "Maybe somewhere I could be free, Somewhere they won't throw rocks at me, Somewhere this crazy hair could be my crown." I know just what he means.