Robyn Hitchcock is coming to my neck of the woods March 1, 2014!
Robyn Hitchcock - I Used to Love You
Shame about this one having such a similar title to “I Used to Say I Loved You”—which is a great song from a great album, but in the world of google algorithms it well overshadows this beauty. It’s not often that we hear Robyn’s voice really naked and raw like this, and he doesn’t retreat much from the central emotion in the lyrics. On surreal lines like, "The police station is still on Parker’s Piece / It hasn’t drifted, nor have the police", which ordinarily would be a way for him of pulling back from something uncomfortable, it’s one of the more wrenching lines. It’s beautiful.
The most tragic thing about it, to me, is that I don’t even read this as being about a former lover. (You might all be way ahead of me on this, but I couldn’t find any interviews or the like about it.) I suspect it’s about Syd Barrett, with those lines about "I wore your hairstyle, I learned to speak like you" and "but now you’re crazy and I myself am straight / and every child must avoid its parent’s fate". Separating yourself from an idol you emulated in your youth is just as wrenching as leaving a decomposing relationship.
Metroscene - Autumn Is Your Last Chance (cover)
This is so close to the original that I don’t have much to say about it in terms of either praise or critique, but any day that I hear this song is a good day. One of the first Hitchcock songs I ever heard that just drove me nuts—I was working in a library at the time, doing my shift and replaying the song in my head, frustrated that I couldn’t be listening to it right at that very moment.
Robyn Hitchcock, who turns 60 this week, on NPR’s Weekend Edition. The British singer and guitarist has generated hundreds of songs in a career that begins in the 1970s fronting The Soft Boys. His latest album is called Love from London. Hear more of the interview. (via nprmusic)
Robyn Hitchcock came by The Crypt Sessions to perform 'Harry's Song’.
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Robyn Hitchcock - Every Day Is Like Sunday (Morrissey cover)
Robyn Hitchcock - Are You Experienced? (Hendrix cover)
Live at 3 Kings Pub, 2007-07-01