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A tribute to songwriter Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, etc.) performed by his father, Scott Fagan

A tribute to songwriter Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, etc.) performed by his father, Scott Fagan Read more
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Scott Fagan Sings Stephin Merritt

Has there ever been an album of a man covering his son's songs? Here's a preview of the project you can make possible, a CD featuring Scott Fagan and the Maac Island Band performing the songs of Stephin Merritt. Writer Mark Swartz serves as executive producer of the project. (Read Mark's account of meeting Scott.)

Scott Fagan in Concert

Saturday, February 8, at the Electric Maid in Takoma Park, D.C. All proceeds to go Ayuda, an organization that serves immigrants

↓↓ Fagan singing Merritt's "Grand Canyon" from 69 Love Songs. ↓↓

↑↑  Fagan singing Merritt's "Grand Canyon" from 69 Love Songs. ↑↑

Track List (subject to change)

Fan Dance Cha-Cha
Papa Was a Rodeo
All My Little Words
The Book Of Love
Andrew In Drag
As You Turn to Go
Give Me Back My Dreams
I Don’t Believe In The Sun
There’ll Be Time Enough For Rocking
When We're Old
What a Fucking Lovely Day
Grand Canyon
Sweet Lovin’ Man

Your investment will underwrite the recording, mastering, and packaging of the CD.

Who Is Scott Fagan?

Singer and songwriter Scott Fagan was born in New York City in 1945 and raised on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. In 1964, he was discovered by legendary songwriter Doc Pomus, and his first LP, South Atlantic Blues, was released in 1967.

In 1969, the artist Jasper Johns immortalized the record with three different works.

Jasper Johns, "Scott Fagan Record," 1969. Ink on frosted mylar, 16.5 x 16.5 inches. Collection of the Menil Collection, Houston. Bequest of David Whitney. © Estate of Jasper Johns. Licensed by VAGA, New York. Photo by George Hixson.
Jasper Johns, "Scott Fagan Record," 1969. Ink on frosted mylar, 16.5 x 16.5 inches. Collection of the Menil Collection, Houston. Bequest of David Whitney. © Estate of Jasper Johns. Licensed by VAGA, New York. Photo by George Hixson.

In 1971, Fagan wrote Soon, which is considered to be the first rock opera produced on Broadway. Here, he discusses that era in his life.

In 2013, soon after finding out that Stephin Merritt was his son, the two singers met for the first time at a screening of AKA Doc Pomus.

Stephin Merritt, Alix Merritt (Stephin's mother), and Scott Fagan
Stephin Merritt, Alix Merritt (Stephin's mother), and Scott Fagan

Who Is Stephin Merritt?

Stephin Merritt is a singer and songwriter best known for his work with the Magnetic Fields. He also leads the Future Bible Heroes, the Gothic Archies, and the 6ths. 

The Magnetic Fields' three-CD album of 1999, 69 Love Songs, received a rare A+ review from Robert Christgau. William Berlind has written, in The New York Times, "Merritt brought to the public ear the kind of small-scale, crystalline, clever songs that for the most part have not been written since the heyday of musical theater."

Risks and challenges

The success of this project depends on Scott Fagan being able to record these songs. If his health or other factors interfere, it may take longer than projected. The same goes for all of the premiums, especially the living room concerts.

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