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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Robyn Hitchcock June 2, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

I was looking at Robyn Hitchcock’s appearance on this site and realised that Globe of Frogs, addressed here, was actually a Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians album. And while RH&TE are great, to me it is perhaps his overtly solo stuff which is best. And given he played here last night it seems only fair to give some examples of his music

Which allows me to post up more Robyn Hitchcock. Win win.

Black Snake Diamond Role from 1981, Groovy Decay from a year later. Moss Elixir from 1996, Jewels for Sophia from 1999, Love from London in 2013 and the eponymous Robyn Hitchcock from last year. Actually there’s more, but I’m not a huge fan of one or two and I don’t have a few others so they don’t count! And then there’s collaborative albums, as with the Venus Three etc, which I do. But they don’t count either.

One thing that often strike me is his facility to wrest melodies I’ve never heard before from his music. I think of Sally Was A Legend and I Want To Tell You About What I Want as more recent examples. Of course music is remarkably giving in regard to allowing for many combinations, but there’s something very fluent and fluid about the manner in which he composes songs. That is allied with a very post-punk spikiness and a sardonic/whimsical though respectful take on psychedelia.

When I was sixteen at school in Kilbarrack the tapes that were swapped included Syd Barrett, the Velvet Underground, Joy Division, and so on. These were all groups and people which while strikingly diverse also had commonalities of attitude and approach. Listening to Hitchcock I think his music fits comfortably (though never overly neatly) into those areas and is an extension of same.

The following are in loosely chronological order, from 1981 onwards to today, and are exclusively from his Robyn Hitchcock moniker.

I Watch the Cars (with Yo La Tengo)

City of Shame


Fifty Two Stations

De Chirico Street

You and Oblivion

Sally Was A Legend

Gene Hackman

I Love You

Strawberries Dress

The Ghost in You (Psychedelic Furs cover)

Mad Shelley’s Letterbox

I Want To Tell You About What I Want


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