Apparently, I really have a thing for bands that enjoy branching out into the wide and wonderful world of the non-traditional. The Magnetic Fields are another of those bands whose instruments include ukulele, banjo, accordian, xylophone and Marxophone (a fretless zither). Fronted by singer-songwriter, Stephin Merrit, The Magnetic Fields formed in 1989 in Boston, Massachusetts and released their first album in 1991. Merrit, who also created the bands The 6ths, The Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes, suffers from a condition called hyperacusis which causes a sort of "feedback" in his left ear when sounds exceed those in the normal hearing range. Because of this condition, he wears earplugs during performances and will often cover his left ear when the audience applauds.
Papa was a Rodeo by The Magnetic Fields from the 1999 album "69 Love Songs"
The Magnetic Fields website
The Magnetic Fields MySpace page