Robyn Hitchcock

robynE-Music put a horse’s head in my bed.

That is to say that they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: come back, spend $11.99, and we’ll give you 105 downloads.

Which I did, then cancelled my “membership”. Good timing because I’ve been wanting to dip my toes into the prolific waters of one Robyn Hitchcock, English eccentric singer-songwriter, he of the Egyptians fame, grey haired godfather of post punk. So I downloaded SIX albums spanning the years of 1984-2008, using Allmusic.com as a rough guide. In chronological order:

I OFTEN DREAM OF TRAINS

FEGMANIA

ELEMENT OF LIGHT

SPOOKED

OLE!  TARANTULA

SHADOW CAT

Music bloggers extrordinaire HOLLY and MARK have sung the virtues of this singular talent for as long as I’ve been blogging, and most likely long before that. I dunno why I haven’t  delved into the dude’s back catalogue before this, because what I’ve heard so far is simply excellent. Eccentric, very English and a veritable cornucopia of genres abound, something I can totally appreciate in an artist. I’m starting with “I Often Dream Of Trains”, one of the earliest and most critically lauded albums of his large discography. So far I’m really diggin’ it. I’m gonna give each album at least two spins before I move on to the next, but the way “Trains” is going it may just stay in the old CD player for a little longer…

Allmucic states, “Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. Despite having been persistently branded as eccentric or quirky for much of his career, Hitchcock has continued to develop his whimsical repertoire, deepen his surreal catalog, and expand his devoted audience beyond the boundaries of cult stature. He is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest inspiration).”

I also downloaded Jarvis Cocker’s new one, “Further Complications”, which I hear is excellent, and The Fall’s “The Infotainment Scan”. More on those later, as I feel it may be a while before I get Mr. Hitchcock out of rotation…

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