I wish I was a pretty girl.
Robyn Hitchcock at work - I often dream of trains.
Here’s a short-but-extremely-sweet collection I’ve thrown together of out-of-print Robyn Hitchcock b-sides from the late 1980s. Mostly solo (Andy Metcalfe pops up on piano on two tracks), mostly live, all brilliant. Seriously, these are some of my favorite Hitchcock performances. Aficionados will have heard them all before, but if you haven’t had the chance, you’re in for a treat. From a pair of extremely pretty Veedon Fleece covers to the hypnotic, gorgeous “Birdshead,” it’s a half-hour very well-spent. Hi-ho, Silver!
1. One Long Pair of Eyes
2. Linden Arden Stole the Highlights (Van Morrison)
3. Fair Play (Van Morrison)
5. More Than This (Roxy Music)
6. The Ghost In You (Psychedelic Furs)
7. The Ghost Ship (single version)
THE SOFT BOYS: Underwater Moonlight — LIVE!
The ongoing series I’ve provisionally titled “Live Versions of Albums I Love” continues! Here’s the Soft Boys’ psychedelic magnum opus, as performed onstage by Robyn Hitchcock, Kimberley Rew, Morris Windsor and Matthew Seligman. Some of the recordings come from the band’s original go-round, but I don’t think they played a few of these songs live until the early 2000s reunion, so a couple are from that period. There’s also a solo Hitchcock track from a few years back. If you dig this album as much as I do, you’ll love this — there’s a lot of that glorious Rew/Hitchcock guitar work that I can’t get enough of. Feed the fish!
Released on this day in 1980: The Soft Boys’ ‘Underwater Moonlight.’
“Eaten By Her Own Dinner” - Robyn Hitchcock
And what had been her handsome nude
Was now a writhing mass of food
As meat and vegetables, too
Ganged up upon the creature who
Had preyed on them so long
This just seems like an awful way to go.
The Theme Is Torture
My weekly contribution over at The Theme Is.
Most of this compilation freaked me out as a kid. So many weird songs on this one.
“Serpent At The Gates Of Wisdom” - Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians
Respect is my favorite RH album, mainly because it’s the album that got me into his stuff. 120 Minutes was running the video for “Driving Aloud (Radio Storm)” and I was intrigued by how different it was, compared to everything else. I ran out and bought it at Record Theater the next day. A few weeks later, Robyn guest hosted the entire show and played this one acoustically, and I would come home from school every day and re-watch it. I still have it on tape somewhere.
Next year (if we’re still alive), will mark my twenty years as a Robyn fan. Good times, people.
Robyn Hitchcock - The Abyss (by LondonRocks2008)
Accompanied by Ed Harcourt and Gita Harcourt on this song - at The Regent, Kensal Green 10th June 2012
One of the encores from the Revolver show. And instantly one of my favorite Bowie covers.
“Black Snake Diamond Rock” - The Soft Boys
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#The Soft Boys/#soft boys tag is surprisingly safe and filled with actual posts about them! Hooray!
But give it time, someone out there will start perv-ing it up. Everything gets perv’ed up within due time.
Also, this song has been stuck in my head for the past week.