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After the huge success of A Series of Unfortunate Events, accordionist/screenwriter/author Daniel Handler, better known as nefarious children's writer Lemony Snicket, asked longtime friend and musical collaborator Stephin Merritt (Handler has done time with the Magnetic Fields and the 6ths), to contribute some songs to the widely popular series' audio books. Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events is the first full-length recording from Merritt's Gothic Archies, a novelty project that began in 1997 with the New Despair EP, and its' not-so-subtle blend of Dr. Seuss imagery and carnival ride dynamics, bolstered by Merritt's impeccable faux-goth delivery (he sounds eerily like the Sister of Mercy Andrew Eldritch) serves the story well. All of the 13 songs that appeared on the audio books are present, as well as two bonus tracks. One of these, "Walking My Gargoyle," is an extra from the ninth book in the series, Carnivorous Carnival, while the other, "We are the Gothic Archies," serves as the band's theme song. Merritt doesn't deviate from his signature lo-fi synth pop and brooding vocals, but he certainly sounds like he's having a whole lot of fun, something the listener will attain as well, as long as they don't expect anything that bears the irreverent emotional weight that he's applied to previous projects.

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From the Audiobooks

Just so you know, these are played at the beginning of each of the audiobooks Scream and Run Away : The Bad Beginning In The Reptile Room : The Reptile Room The World is a Very Scary Place : The Wide Window Dreary, Dreary : The Miserable Mill When You Play the Violin : The Austere Academy This Abyss : The Ersatz Elevator Crows : The Vile Village Smile! No One Cares How You Feel : The Hostile Hospital Freakshow : The Carnivorous Carnival How Do You Slow This Thing Down? : The Slippery Slope A Million Mushrooms : The Grim Grotto Things Are Not What They Appear : The Penultimate Peril Shipwrecked : The End Walking My Gargoyle : original song from The Carnivorous Carnival We Are The Gothic Archies : not from any audiobook

An Unfortunate Series of Songs

You would be a terrible parent or guardian if you allow your children or young charges to be exposed to this oeuvre. (Here "oeuvre" means a substantial body of work by an artist.) If it is sunny outside, perhaps the children could go out and play? Or you could bake cookies. And have you considered that it might be time to introduce the children to the work of Mr. Neil Diamond or Mr. Michael Bolton? Only very intelligent and sensitive children should be exposed to this "music." And don't say you weren't warned.


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Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The Gothic Archies are one of the many bands led by songwriter Stephin Merritt, who's also a member of the Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, and Future Bible Heroes. Self described as goth rock/bubblegum, the Gothic Archies issued their debut, the seven-track EP The New Despair. in 1997, followed nearly ten years later...
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