The Gothic Archies
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|The Gothic Archies|
|Genres||Indie pop, gothic rock|
|Associated acts||The Magnetic Fields|
|Members||Stephin Merritt, Daniel Handler|
The Gothic Archies are a self-described goth-bubblegum band created and largely performed by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. In 1997, Merritt released The New Despair. The EP featured the song "Your Long White Fingers", which appeared frequently in the cult Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete. The band's name is apparently a pun on the term "Gothic arch" and the Archies.
The band later became more prominent when Merritt wrote, performed and recorded songs for the audiobook versions of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. A collection of thirteen songs based on each book and two additional tracks was released as The Tragic Treasury on October 10, 2006, to coincide with the release of the final book in the series. The Gothic Archies briefly toured to promote the album featuring Merritt on ukulele and Daniel Handler on accordion. In 2002, The Gothic Archies composed original music for the audio book version of Neil Gaiman's Coraline.
- Looming in the Gloom (1996)
- The New Despair (1997)
- The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events (2006)
- "Stephin Merritt Album Gallery: Looming in the Gloom EP". Iheartny.com. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
- Official website at The House of Tomorrow