A blog devoted to the works of Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, The Gothic Archies, et al. This blog will feature news related to his work, as well as occasional fanboy gushes from the author. Thank you for stopping by, and may all your dreams come true.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Coraline in San Francisco

Best news ever alert, people.  Stephin Merritt's Coraline musical's second staging has been announced!  It will be part of San Francisco Playhouse's 2010-2011 season, starting this November 16.  Information on the cast has yet to be announced, but one can only hope that David Greenspan will reprise his role as the Other Mother, as his performance seems pretty flawless to me.  We shall see.

As for this little author, a road trip to San Francisco seems imminent.


  1. Being quite bored with the lack of news from Stephin Merritt, I propose that we expose here any intertextuality in Merritt's songs, as it seems to be a lot and judging from his vast knowledge of pop music, maybe we're missing some. Here are some of them:

    The sun pours down like honey
    The moon pours down like mercury
    The stars fall down like money
    You come back to me

    The Magnetic Fields - Holiday

    The sun pours down like honey on our lady of the harbour

    Leonard Cohen - Suzanne

    Moons in June I've given up on that stuff

    The Magnetic Fields - With Whom To Dance

    Moons and Junes and ferris wheels, the dizzy dancing way you feel as every fairy tale comes real; I've looked at love that way.

    Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

    If you know any other interesting ones, just post them.

  2. The only pitiable example I can come up with is Merritt's self-referencing Better Things, albeit heavily-paraphrased.

    "In winter when the moon is full, the wolfboy is adorable"

    The fabulous 69 Love Songs wiki covers his musical allusions well for that album.

  3. Also, this popped up on Youtube
    I remember reading about the dance troupe that was using Stephin's songs a while ago.

  4. If you're following Pitchfork's list of the top 200 tracks of the 90s, you'll notice that The Book of Love has made an appearance.

  5. Wow! Not having internet, I missed so much on my little blog!

    Thanks for trying to keep me informed, Nick, and sorry I'm only just now able to respond!

    As for intertextuality... I'm sure there are myriad examples. "Railroad Boy" springs to mind, for sure. And the obvious Mishima reference in "The Sailor Who Fell in Love with The Sea." But nothing more direct than those two, which are admittedly pretty indirect in and of themselves.