Plastic Treehouse Members
Below are the members of the Distant Plastic Treehouse, the year
they became Merritt fans, some homepages, and often a quote about
Stephin Merritt. If you wish to become a member, email Rusty Spell with the above information for
yourself (quote optional). We are so pleased that you are here.
- Rusty Spell (1995) -- I first heard
"100,000 Fireflies" and "Born on a
Train" on a compilation someone made me. Soon after,
I started buying The Magnetic Fields one by one, followed
by all the other projects and everything I could get a
hold of. Stephin Merritt's music is interestingly
beautiful, never seems to get old, and has inspired my
own music greatly.
Spielman (1993) --
Everything Stephin Merritt does is beautiful, sometimes
sad and haunting, and often perfect. He himself seems a
little bitter, oddly detached, wonderfully cynical, he
smokes throughout live performances, and he's short.
- Peter Karys (1996) -- The best of The
Pet Shop Boys and Joy Division combined (seriously)!
Phillips (1995) -- Stephin is one of
my current favorites. I have yet to get my hands on the
Future Bible Heroes release, but I've just ordered it.
I'm REALLY looking forward to the tour. He's coming
through Nashville (which is where I live)! I have about
six Stephin Merritt CDs and I hope there are many more to
come. I think he's a pop genius! If there are any
(straight) female Stephin Merritt fans, please check out
my home page! I'm badly in need of inspired dates!
- Brad (1996)
Callihan (1996) -- Mr. Merritt's
music makes my head spin if I listen to it with
headphones on; there aren't many artists that cause this
phenomenon in me.
Ellis (1994) -- i would like to
say my dream has been to see the magnetic fields since
the first time i heard them. my dream finaaly came true
and i got to see them three glorious times. i truly adore
the magnetic fields and i wish stephin would be my
boyfriend. I love everything about this band.
- Josh Penn (1997) -- Stephen Merritt
is one of the most ingenious musicians of our time. He
has practically made up a new kind of music. Not only is
his music increadible but his lyrics are even more
- Ben (1996)
Andrews (1995) -- I discovered
Stephin Merrit's genius in 1995. I'm still in recovery.
Flores (1996) -- All the projects
Stephen has had a hand in produce heartbreaking gems. I
find nothing as soothing as the sound of his voice. If
the world were ending and Stephen Merritt was singing,
the chaos would be slow motion perfection.
- Debi Spell (1997) -- I spent my life
looking for music that would move my soul, I went from
group to group never finding the true soul moving stuff,
occasionally I would find a song or two but nothing with
any staying power, then I meet Rusty and he introduces me
to Stevie baby and what do you know I have found a couple
of things with staying power, Stephin and his music for
the soul and Rusty. What a deal.
(1997) -- I have made so damn many "best
of" tapes of Mr. Merritt's bands for so many people
(who may or may not have wanted to hear them), a few of
whom actually appreciated it. one recipient of such a
tape described it as "the Swans guy singing for
Duran Duran." the Fields have been my new favorite
band for at least six months now. I played The
Wayward Bus when I was alone in the dark in my
basement tonight, to keep the scary things away.
- Cody Schell (1994) -- I bought Charm
of the Highway Strip while on a road trip across
South Dakota. The trip is nothing but highway, and it
made me a total fan. I've met Stephin and Claudia once,
and they are oh-so-friendly. I got them to buy a
Tamagotchi, and Stephin played "Alien Being"
for me when I got my friend Melissa to hold up a napkin
on which I had written "Alien Being." I do the
design for their webpage, and my fondest wish is to
someday do an album cover for them. So please write them
and tell them if you like the design to the webpage,
because I'm too shy to ever ask them myself.
- Emily Sours (1996)
Rodriguez (1997) -- This music is the
stuff of magic! It's the best, most refreshing I've heard
since Pet Shop Boys. And a lot groovier!
- Donna Rail (1996)
Flanagan (1995) -- At the moment my
favorite band. You know how hard it is to make a M.F.
compilation tape? What songs do you leave out? He's my
candidate for best pop-songwriter of the 90's. He should
cut down on those cigarettes though...
Marcilio (1996) -- The first music I
ever heard by the Magnetic Fields was the House of
Tommorow EP. A former internet friend of mine had
mentioned them a number of times, and I trusted her
taste, so I went out and bought it. Everything from the
style of recording, to the photo of the Dymaxion house
was exactly the mood I was in.
Irwin (1996) -- I truly believe
that most of Stephin's songs are not about men or
women... his songs are about the love and loss of his
- UGawd (1996) -- I think the guy
is a musical genius. I love everuthing he has ever put
out. The only album I don't have is Holiday.
They are re-releasing it on Jan. 11. Along with House
of No Tommarrow. Overall the guy rocks.
- Audrey Bahl (1998) -- Stephin Merrit's
lyrics are some of the most original, creative, beautiful
words I have heard. I love how his lyrics are meaningful
and deep while his music has a poppy feel to it. The
combination is incredible, he's incredible.
- Ben (1998)
- Stacey S.
Jacks (1998) -- Ever since one of
my friends introduced me to the Magnetic Fields, I
haven't been able to get enough Stephin Merritt. I now
own The Wayward Bus (also the name of my
friend's radio show) and Distant Plastic Trees,
The 6ths Wasps' Nests, Future Bible Heroes' Memories
of Love, and I'm planning on collecting more.
Merritt is genius. I never get tired of his music.
Baker (1997) -- Everyday I go to
my silly job to make money for rent, food and booze. I
get extremely tired, bored and sad. Then I come home and
listen to Stephin Merritt's songs and go far, far away.
Then I wake up and do it again.
- Edward Adi Marcum (1997)
Morris (1996) -- The Magnetic
Fields remind me of sitting on the porch of an old house
drinking coctails on a warm cloudy day and watching the
traffic and the neon plastic world roll by. I think
Merritt is the Brian Wilson of the 90s. Would love to
hear a country band do some covers of his songs.
- Lou (1995) -- merritt is beyond
words for me, so it's difficult to give a quote about
him. my love for him is partly based on his eloquence and
ability to put into songs experiences and emotions i
could never stutter. after seeing him perform several
times, i decided to paint him a wine bottle and give it
to him with a white rose in it. he was like an awkward
teenager when he picked it up off of the stage, but he
seemed grateful--in that painfully shy, awkward way of
- Meg Bratsch (1993) -- Stephin Merritt:
n. The rare occurrence of a cherry blossom falling from a
tree in May knocking one unconscious. adj. A shade of
black that turns vibrant colors when pressed firmly
against one's ear, forehead, or belly. v. The act of
whistling one's way down an indeterminately long dark
corridor with a nosebleed whilst carrying a single red
- Jason Eaton (1995)
Lantz (1997) -- Boy, Stephin
Merritt's something else.
Hart (1996) -- I almost wept two
minutes into the box set, there has never been a better
lyricist. I really love everything Stephin does.
- Bob Moulton (1995)
- Matthew Dohn (1997) -- Stephin Merritt's
genius is an anomaly. They just don't "make
'em" like this anymore.
- Mark Seega (1998) -- In February 1998,
I had a week off school, which I spent most of stuck in
my bedroom with homework and the radio. The radio
presenter Mark Radcliffe has a show in the early
afternoon, and his record of the week that week was Lonely
Days. I was sixteen at the time, and hacked off with
most of the rubbish that was about at the time, but this
was great! I bought Lonely Days, the Memories
Of Love, and after a LOT of searching (Merritt stuff
is so hard to find in the UK) now have every Merritt CD
from Charm Of The Highway Strip to 69 Love
Songs except the Gothic Archies CD. The mans
songs are just so special
much more eloquent than
everything else Ive heard.
- Ben Swire (2000) -- "You can
leave the village in the morning when the radio writes
poetry for avenue pi." The way that Stephin can
combine such melancholy themes with wit and humor, all
while encorporating experimental means of production and
catchy molodies never ceases to amaze me. 69
Love songs is incredible, although it still hasn't
grown on me to the same extent that some of the other
records, most notably Get Lost and Holiday.
I am eagerly awaiting the next 6ths album, and hope that
at some point more info in reguards to a release date
will be posted. The Magnetic Fields have been my
favorite band for over two years now, and I can't see
that changing anytime soon.
- Jer Hayes (1999) -- In these days,
when the "music industry" has begun to leave up
to its name and to treat music akin to a factory product,
it is so refreshing to realise that there are still true
artists out there like Stephin Merritt. An artist who
both intelligently constructs his music as well as his
- Karen Blose (1999) -- I first heard the
Magnetic Fields while visiting my dear friend Stacey (who
is also a member of the Distant Plastic Treehouse).
Although I am a relative latecomer to the music of
Stephin Merritt, it feels as though these songs have
lived in my soul since conception. I simply never
tire of listening to them. Last fall I was going
crazy looking for 69 Love Songs -- all stores
had sold out of the box set in ten minutes -- but my
roommate found it on Amazon and gave it to me for my
birthday. I'm sure she now regrets having done this
because I have been singing all the songs constantly
since then (6+ months), but I feel my voice has
drastically improved as a result. My hope is to one
day sing on a Stephin Merritt album. Stephin, can I
send you a demo tape?
Alucard (1995) -- felt no need to
ever start a band after hearing magnetic fields.
Nelson (1995) -- I can't think of
another artist that inspires a greater emotional range
from a single tune.
- Ariel (1994) -- I'm impressed
that Merritt can be as consistent as he has been over the
past ten years. I'd put him a few notches over Nick
Currie of Momus, who is about the only person I can see
as being in the same league. Loved the complete 69
Love songs show I saw, too. Hope he stays on
Merge, as well.
Jennings (2000) -- Seven days. A
week ago I hadn't heard of Stephin Merritt or any of his
bands. The first Magnetic Fields performance I saw was
near the culmination of one of the three most perfect
weeks of my life. I dragged my oldest friend, Jeremy,
along to see them on a sunny Saturday afternoon in a tent
at the WOMAD festival, purely on the strength that the
most interesting music at the moment seems to be coming
out of the American independent sector. First we were
amused, then captivated, then speechless. Only after it
was all over could we admit to each other that we'd been
crying. I bought 69 Love Songs the next day at
the festival, and played it to our other friends on the
boat we had hired for our holiday on the River Thames.
They were gutted that they'd missed the gig. Well, we
thought we'd witnessed the early days of a new band
surely destined for a meteoric rise, and were all shocked
to find that that this was the fifth album of a band
who'd been around for almost a decade. To be honest, I
was a bit put out and bemused that I'd managed to miss
out on hearing of Merritt for so long. Back in the
office on Tuesday I did a web search, and was beautifully
surprised to find out how many resources are out there
from wonderful people like the Treehouse. I also found
that the Magnetic Fields were playing two more gigs in
the UK. I mailed Jeremy to tell him of the gig that night
in London (where he lives). Sadly, he told me it was sold
out. But I managed to get tickets for the show in
Birmingham last night. I talked my second oldest friend
Tim into coming along, and we drove down. Arriving early,
we got a table right in front of the stage. This time it
was just Stephin and Claudia (Sam also played at WOMAD),
and they also played songs from the forthcoming 6ths'
album. A very intimate experience. I have ordered further
albums by the 6ths, and Future Bible Heroes, as well as the
Wayward Bus, and I anticipate their arrival keenly.
Many more people will be hearing about Stephin's work
from me very soon.
- Ronald Loaf (1999) -- Stephin Merrit is
one talented faggot.
- Lea Svane (2001) -- My knowledge of
Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields is only one month
old, and I know just the 69 album - so I'm not
such a hardcore fan, like the rest of you, yet. All I can
say, is that they're music really makes me happy. I want
to listen to it all the time. Like being in love.
Peterson (2001) -- Stephin Merritt
is in a league of his own in innovative techniques
through music. His sound is unmatched by the best writers
out there. He has the ability to change the way we listen
and accept music. Here's looking to the future.
- Drue (2001) -- Listening to the
magnetic fields makes me feel a lot cooler than I am.
- Adam Cowley (1998) -- Merritt's sound
is the way the sixties should have sounded and the way
today's music could never dream of sounding.
- Luis Garcia (1995) -- Stephin Seritt is
the only person in the world that can make me cry.....
Potts (2000) -- The
Magnetic Fields make sense. Lots of it. What can I say, I
like depressed as fuck pop music. Maybe I'm a walking,
depressed as fuck pop song. I suppose life is one long
depressing as fuck pop song. Stephin talks pretty.
Fluter (2002) -- I
was given FBH's Eternal Youth to review. I
immediately fell in love with Stephin Merritt's genius,
and with each year that passes, my devotion only grows.
- Ted Maul (2003) - I can't stop listening
to all things Merritt, it is like an addiction.
Shambly (2004) --
Stephin's songs could change my life.
- Graham Clark (2004)
- Erik Bosko (2000)
Kokkinou (2000) -- I
first heard the Magnetic Fields in 2000 in a record shop
in London. They were playing the first CD of the album 69
Love Songs. Stephin Merritt is a genius and an
inexhaustible source of ideas and witty musical
findings. He makes beautiful, melancholic, happy,
touching, romantic, clean and most importantly
unpretentious music, combined with some of the most
playful lyrics in contemporary song writing. Absolutely
adorable. Merritts side projects (the 6ths, Future
Bible Heroes, Gothic Archies) are also excellent.
- Luca Gambetti
(2004) -- Stephin is one of my current favorites. I am struggling to get my
hands on all CDs by Magnetic Fields, FBH, Gothic Archies and the 6ths, that
is not an easy task here in Italy. My first contact was with "Busby Berkeley
Dreams", found in a compilation of the best 500 rock songs ever.
- Merrie Snell (2003) -- A late-comer to
Stephin, I'm now a complete geek for him, so much so that I'm writing a
research paper on him for a masters program. Talk about taking the fun out
of it! ;-) Ah, but at least I get to study something I love. I'd welcome
correspondence with anyone (email@example.com),
particularly on the subject of Merritt's music and ideas of sentimentality,
your own or others'.
- Susan Kirby-Smith (1996) -- I fell in love
with "Born on a Train" in 1996 and a year or so later "100,000 Fireflies"
and "Strange Powers." All of them were on unlabeled mixes so I didn't know
who it was until much later. I am currently collecting essays about Merritt
songs for a book. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
- Jakob Just
Sørensen (1999) -- The first time I listened to Magnetic Fields
was on the Gary Numan tribute album - Random - I thought "Hmmmn... this is
different but a really good cover" so I went out and bought 69 Love Songs,
AND LOVED IT. Has been my favourite musician since. Oh and i sometimes call
my old Porsche 911 from 65 Stephin, because they both produce a really
strange deep tone that i love.
- M&L Howard (2007) -- One day I had typed in
"Men Without Hats" for my pandora.com listening session. My life was
changed when I heard "In My Secret Place," and soon after that heard what I
claim to be my favorite song of all-time: "Strange Powers." Mr.
Merritt is a talented individual and I'm happy to be a fan and happy to have
seen the Mag Fields live in Chicago a year and a half ago. Hopefully
the first of many!
- Samantha Manniex (2008) -- I'd never heard
of the Magnetic Fields until 2008. I stumbled upon an mp3 of 'Sunset City'
hidden amongst a downloaded Belle and Sebastian album. Finding the song
haunting and intriguing, I set out to discover more about the band. I now
have almost everything Stephin ever made, and have been listening constantly
for the last 2 years :) Long may it continue.
Copyright (c) Aug 1996 - Jan 2010 by The
Distant Plastic Treehouse