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The 6ths


The 6ths certainly are a side project from the Magnetic Areas’ Stephin Merritt, who produced and wrote all the materials on 1995’s Wasps’ Nest, in addition to playing a lot of the music. He just sang among the songs, however, giving all the staying lead vocal slot machines to alternative rock and roll faves like Barbara Manning, Dean Wareham (Luna), Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo), Chris Knox, Lou Barlow, Robert Scott (the Bats), Chris Knox, and Mary Timony (Helium). Brighter and poppier than his contemporaneous attempts with Magnetic Areas, it exhibited (intentionally or inadvertently) that his primary talents are like a maker and composer, rather than performer. Warm on the pumps from the well-received Magnetic Areas project 69 Like Tunes, Merritt released his second 6ths recording, Hyacinths and Thistles, with vocal help from Marc Almond, Bob Mould, Gary Numan, and Sarah Cracknell, amongst others.

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Full Name The 6ths
Died February 6, 1952, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Music Songs You You You You You, As You Turn to Go, Falling Out of Love, Aging Spinsters, Give Me Back My Dreams, Just Like a Movie Star, All Dressed Up in Dreams, In the City in the Rain, Movies in My Head, You Can't Break a Broken Heart, Kissing Things, The Sailor in Love With the Sea, Waltzing Me All the Way Home, I’ve Got New York, Puerto Rico Way, When I'm Out of Town, Dream Hat, Yet Another Girl, Night Falls Like a Grand Piano, The Dead Only Quickly, Lindy-Lou, Looking for Love, Here in My Heart, Heaven in a Black Leather Jacket, Pillow Fight, San Diego Zoo, Winter in July, Rot in the Sun, He Didn’t, Volcana!, Oahu, Human
Albums Wasps' Nests, Hyacinths and Thistles

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All the Pieces Together 2004 Video documentary short performer: "As You Turn to Go", "You You You You You" - uncredited
Pieces of April 2003 performer: "You You You You You" 2000, "As You Turn to Go" 2000
The Adventures of Pete & Pete 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode

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