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* CriticalResearchFailure: The music video for "Andrew In Drag" is a brilliant study on gender presentation, with one exception. In the video, the drag king binds with tape. Binding with tape is HIGHLY recommended against, because of the potential for damage to the skin and ribs.


* EarWorm: "100,000 Fireflies"... amongst many others.

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** "Fathers In The Clouds" from ''50 Song Memoir'' tells the real-life story of Merritt meeting his real father after decades of never seeing him. Stephen sings like he doesn't care but the accompanying music is so heartbreaking it suggests this encounter affected him more than he lets on.


* PainfulRhyme: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60p7Lx7R3VE ''Zebra'']] rhymes "Louvre" with "maneuver" and "Hoover," [[note]]not by adding an extra syllable to "Louvre" as one might expect, but by shortening the other two words into "manoov" and "hoov"[[/note]] and also "dear" (turning it into "deeeeahhhh") with "zebra." It's so {{camp}} that it actually works, though.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fDfGmxaBhI ''It's a Crime'']] deliberately invokes this, rhyming "any more" three times in a single verse.
** "Reno Dakota" is full of both [[PainfulRhyme Painful Rhymes]] ("It's making me blue/Pantone 292"), AccentUponTheWrongSyllable and [[LyricalShoehorn Lyrical Shoehorns]], and lampshades it:
-->I know you're a '''rec'''luse
-->You know that's no '''ex'''cuse
-->Re'''no''', that's just a ruse
-->Do not [[UncommonTime play fast and loose]] with my heart


* EarWorm: "100,000 Fireflies".

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* EarWorm: "100,000 Fireflies".Fireflies"... amongst many others.


* HeartwarmingMoments: His usual cynicism makes the pure love songs all the sweeter, especially "It's Only Time", a perfect wedding song.

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* HeartwarmingMoments: SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: His usual cynicism makes the pure love songs all the sweeter, especially "It's Only Time", a perfect wedding song.

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* HeartwarmingMoments: His usual cynicism makes the pure love songs all the sweeter, especially "It's Only Time", a perfect wedding song.
-->''Why would I stop loving you''
-->''A hundred years from now?''
-->''It's only time, it's only time.''
-->''What could stop this beating heart''
-->''Once it's made a vow?''
-->''It's only time, it's only time.''


* VindicatedByHistory: With the band releasing more and more acclaimed albums later on, 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.

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* VindicatedByHistory: With the band releasing more and more acclaimed albums later on, 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.

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* VindicatedByHistory: With the band releasing more and more acclaimed albums later on, 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.


* CoveredUp: Peter Gabriel's version of "The Book Of Love" seems to have done this.

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* CoveredUp: Peter Gabriel's Music/PeterGabriel's version of "The Book Of Love" seems to have done this.


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** A lot of ''Get Lost'', but especially "Why I Cry" (which was used effectively in some sad moments in ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'') and "All the Umbrellas in London".

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* EarWorm: "100,000 Fireflies".


* TheWoobie: Stephen Merritt himself, due to his tendency to write sad lyrics and his Eeyore-like persona.

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* TheWoobie: Stephen Stephin Merritt himself, due to his tendency to write sad lyrics and his Eeyore-like persona.


* TheWoobie: Stephen Meritt himself.

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* TheWoobie: Stephen Meritt himself.Merritt himself, due to his tendency to write sad lyrics and his Eeyore-like persona.


* TearJerker: "Busby Berkeley Dreams"

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* TearJerker: "Busby Berkeley Dreams"Dreams"
* TheWoobie: Stephen Meritt himself.

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* HilariousInHindsight: The very title of "Andrew In Drag" becomes this thanks to Music/ArcadeFire's video for "We Exist," which features Creator/AndrewGarfield playing a trans woman.

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