Saturday, October 13, 2012

13 Ghosts

Today's song comes from another Stephin Merritt side project, the Future Bible Heroes, which plays disco-influenced electonica. Vocals for the group are often performed by Claudia Gonson, who is a regular member of Stephin Merritt's primary band, The Magnetic Fields. 

Although Merritt's distinctive pop sensibility and musical arrangements are stamped all over today's song, "I'm A Vampire," Gonson's voice gives us a refreshing female perspective on vampire life. With all the hoopla lately over pretty-boy vampires, it seems like the ladies have been left out. Doesn't anyone remember "The Blood Countess" Elizabeth Bathory, or movies inspired by her, like Daughters of Darkness or The Hunger

Leave it to Stephin Merritt, who's known for blurring gender roles in his songs, to even the playing field. As the song says, lady vampires are just as classy and sexy and glamorous as they were 700 years ago. Wouldn't you like to share some of your blood with one?

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