Sunday, July 1st, 2012
"Take Ecstasy With Me"
!!! cover The Magnetic Fields
WarpNo question Stephin Merritt is a smart and fascinating guy, but I don’t know if he’s necessarily the kind of person you’d want to take psychoactive class A drugs with. Not that he makes much of a case for doing so on the original version of this tune from The Magnetic Fields’ 1994 album Holiday – I mean, the instrumentation is all fun and tinker toy-ish, but his trademark mono/baritone is about as euphoric as a dentist’s appointment. And those must have been in the director’s notes, because the version with Susan Anway on vox that appeared on last year’s Obscurities really wasn’t any chippier.
Sacramento dance-rock crew !!! rectified this somewhat on a 2005 12″ with “Take Ecstasy With Me” as the a-side and Nate Dogg’s “Get Up” on the reverse. It’s definitely dancier than the original and while it doesn’t get too mind-bendy, is a much more compelling invitation to and soundtrack for geting tripped out.
The Magnetic Fields made their return to synths earlier this year with Love At The Bottom Of The Sea. !!! are due out a new album – Strange Weather, Isn’t It is almost two years old now – but it won’t be out in time for their show at Lee’s Palace this Saturday night.