The Wayward Bus (album)

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The Wayward Bus
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Studio album by The Magnetic Fields


January 1994 (reissue)
Genre Indie rock, indie pop
Length 28:39
Label PoPuP
The Magnetic Fields chronology
Distant Plastic Trees
The Wayward Bus
The House of Tomorrow
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide B+[2]

The Wayward Bus is the second studio album by American indie rock band The Magnetic Fields, released in 1992 by record label PoPuP. It is the last album with Susan Anway as lead vocalist.


The title of the album is taken from the John Steinbeck novel The Wayward Bus.

The front cover was painted by Wendy Smith, the girlfriend of Stuart Moxham from Young Marble Giants. She had previously provided front covers for releases by The Gist and The Weekend.[3] (This is not the same Wendy Smith who was once a member of Prefab Sprout.)


The album was reissued by Merge Records in 1994 as the second half of a double album compilation with Distant Plastic Trees.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stephin Merritt.

No. Title Length
1. "When You Were My Baby" 2:43
2. "The Saddest Story Ever Told" 2:12
3. "Lovers from the Moon" 2:52
4. "Candy" 2:32
5. "Tokyo à Go-Go" 3:12
6. "Summer Lies" 2:59
7. "Old Orchard Beach" 2:54
8. "Jeremy" 3:01
9. "Dancing in Your Eyes" 2:56
10. "Suddenly There Is a Tidal Wave" 3:18


Additional personnel
  • Susan Anway – vocals
  • Johny Blood – tuba, horns
  • Wendy Smith – album cover


  1. ^ Orens, Geoff. "The Wayward Bus – Magnetic Fields". AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Magnetic Fields: The Wayward Bus". Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  3. ^