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Manic, Melancholic and Magnetic

by Cris


Magnetic-Fields.jpg If I ever had the urge to woo anyone with music, I’d probably pick up a mandolin and sing a Magnetic Fields song. It’s the anti-romantic, utterly pathetic, sometimes cheesy but always funny, tug-at-your-heartstrings, endearing alternative to those run of the mill, top 40 hit love songs that everyone’s so used to hearing. Of course, to anyone who’s familiar with the Magnetic Fields, you’ll realize that I’ve got a whole arsenal of these so-called love songs just with songs from their album 69 Love Songs – which is actually perfect, since there’s one song for every occasion. Our song for today is one such song, that you can probably sing to someone you want to profess your love to, but are a little afraid to let him or her know the truth about your mental condition. The title itself, “Absolutely Cuckoo” goes for the double entendre approach – you being absolutely cuckoo in love, and/or you being absolutely cuckoo in the head.  For me, this song is way up there with  Weezer’s “El Scorcho”  and Cake’s “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” in the all time favorite love songs department. It’s short, sweet and perfectly romantic…for me that is.