The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt on Why Adele Fans Are Racist, and Other Topics
Um, would you say you're an introverted figure?
Not particularly. I mean, I'm perfectly comfortable onstage. I don't have stage fright.
In the grand scheme of music, where you have a lot of people who chase headlines, you wouldn't necessarily be in the upper percentile of extroverted artists.
No, I don't particularly chase headlines.
Synth-based music made a huge comeback over the last decade, which is when you stopped using synths.
I don't really know what you're talking about.
You don't think dance music and synthesizers have made a huge comeback in the last several years, as opposed to guitar-based rock?
Well, I sit in gay bars for hours every day and in no way has the synthesizer ever gone away.
Rock comes and goes but dance music and the synthesizer have been nearly predominant since 1976. Almost all of the music I hear is essentially disco.
Because that's what they play in gay bars.
And you don't really find yourself--
And there's plenty of new things I like. I like Robyn. She actually sings pretty. I liked Amy Winehouse, poor thing. Ummm...I like Adele, though I have some reservations about why people like her.
She really has a lovely voice, but I only get suspicious when people get excited about British people who sound like American black people.
Basically she sounds like Anita Baker. And people are not, you know, wild and crazy about Anita Baker.
And I think about the whole, with the racism, when people love when British people sound like American black people.
What's the funniest song you've ever written?
Definitely "What a Fucking Lovely Day."
I haven't seen the film about you yet. Are you happy with how it turned out?
Um, well, no. [makes a sound that resembles a laugh] I was relieved to just not be horrified.