YMMV / The Magnetic Fields

  • Accidental Innuendo: 69 Love Songs was apparently chosen because of its appeal as a cover design.
  • Covered Up: Peter Gabriel's version of "The Book Of Love" seems to have done this.
  • Ear Worm: "100,000 Fireflies".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The very title of "Andrew In Drag" becomes this thanks to Arcade Fire's video for "We Exist," which features Andrew Garfield playing a trans woman.
  • Painful Rhyme: ''Zebra'' rhymes "Louvre" with "maneuver" and "Hoover," note  and also "dear" (turning it into "deeeeahhhh") with "zebra." It's so camp that it actually works, though.
    I know you're a recluse
    You know that's no excuse
    Reno, that's just a ruse
    Do not play fast and loose with my heart
  • Tear Jerker: "Busby Berkeley Dreams"
    • A lot of Get Lost, but especially "Why I Cry" (which was used effectively in some sad moments in The Adventures of Pete & Pete) and "All the Umbrellas in London".
  • Vindicated by History: With the band releasing more and more acclaimed albums later on (thanks to the success of 69 Love Songs), their first two and their only ones to have Susan Anway as a lead vocalist, Distant Plastic Trees and The Wayward Bus, eventually became forgotten by fans. However, they would later be re-discovered and are now considered to be great albums.
  • The Woobie: Stephin Merritt himself, due to his tendency to write sad lyrics and his Eeyore-like persona.