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The Gothic Archies

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The Gothic Archies are a novelty band featuring Stephin Merritt, more famously of The Magnetic Fields (a band which Lemony Snicket's literary and social representative, Daniel Handler, is also occasionally involved in). The name is a pun on Gothic Arch (see: Gothic architecture) and The Archies. They released one EP in 1997 entitled "The New Despair" which was essentially a half-serious satire of goth music, including songs like "Your Long White Fingers" and "The Abandoned Castle of My Soul". Click here (http://stephinsongs.wiw.org/tab/tnd.htm) for the album's lyrics and chords.

The band has more recently begun to receive a bit more prominence from performing the theme music for the audiobook versions of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, as well as Neil Gaiman's Coraline. One song is recorded for each of the (eventual) thirteen books, and all thirteen songs will be released on an album together once the final book is finished. There are currently eleven books in the series.

The music, like the writing in the books themselves, is hilariously over-the-top, including lines such as "How I pray for death to begin / when you play the violin" and "Some people act as if there were nothing wrong, / due to the fact they haven't heard this song". Each song's lyrics naturally have something to do with the story itself, and are often implicitly written in the voice of one of the corresponding book's characters. For example, "The World is A Very Scary Place" is probably "sung" by Aunt Josephine, while "When You Play the Violin" is clearly in the voice of one of the book's five orphans.

Discography

  • The New Despair (1997)
  • (A Series Of Unfortunate Events - title to be announced)
    • Book One: Count Olaf (Scream and Run Away)
    • Book Two: In the Reptile Room
    • Book Three: The World is A Very Scary Place
    • Book Four: Gone, Gone, Gone
    • Book Five: When You Play the Violin
    • Book Six: This Abyss
    • Book Seven: Crows Everywhere
    • Book Eight: Smile (no one cares how you feel)
    • Book Nine: My Gargoyle
    • Book Ten: How Do You Slow This Thing Down? (?)
    • Book Eleven: A Million Mushrooms (?)
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