Archive | Aug 11, 2014

35 Great Robyn Hitchcock Songs in 35 Years

For absolutely no reason whatsoever, I’ve been listening to nothing but Robyn Hitchcock during my commute for the past couple of weeks, inspiring this list. 

Like most cult artists who have been around forever, he did his best work – or at least my favorite – when we were younger. So I did this list in chronological order, as it seems a fools errand to try and figure out whether I love “Madonna of the Wasps,” more than “Underwater Moonlight” more than “Chinese Bones” more than “Airscape” and so forth.

  1. “I Wanna Destroy You” – Underwater Moonlight (1980)
  2. “Queen of Eyes” – Underwater Moonlight (1980)
  3. “Underwater Moonlight” – Underwater Moonlight (1980)
  4. “The Man Who Invented Himself” – Black Snake Diamond Role (1981)
  5. “Eaten By Her Own Dinner” – Single (1982)
  6. “Uncorrected Personality Traits” – I Often Dream of Trains (1984)
  7. “Autumn is Your Last Chance” – I Often Dream of Trains (1984)
  8. “I Often Dream of Trains” – I Often Dream of Trains (1984)
  9. “Goodnight I Say” – Fegmania! (1985)
  10. “Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl (Live)” – Gotta Let This Hen Out! (1985)
  11. “Kingdom of Love (Live) – Gotta Let This Hen Out! (1985)
  12. "Heaven (Live)” – Gotta Let This Hen Out! (1985)
  13. “Listening to the Higsons (Live)” – Gotta Let This Hen Out! (1985)
  14. “If You Were a Priest” – Element of Light (1986)
  15. “Airscape" – Element of Light (1986)
  16. "Tell Me About Your Drugs" – Element of Light Bonus Track (1986)
  17. "Unsettled” – Globe of Frogs (1988)
  18. “Chinese Bones"  – Globe of Frogs (1988)
  19. "Madonna of the Wasps” – Queen Elvis (1989)
  20. “Raining Twilight Coast” – Eye (1990)
  21. “Transparent Lover” – Eye (1990)
  22. “Oceanside” – Perspex Island (1991)
  23. “Arms of Love” – Respect (1992)
  24. “Serpent at the Gates of Wisdom"  – Respect (1992)
  25. "Heliotrope" – Moss Elixir (1996)
  26. "I Am Not Me’ – Moss Elixir (1996)
  27. "Viva! Sea-Tac” – Jewels For Sophia (1999)
  28. “I Feel Beautiful” – Jewels For Sophia (1999)
  29. “Mr Kennedy” – Nextdoorland (2002)
  30. “Underground Sun” – Ole Tarantula (2006)
  31. “Belltown Ramble” – Ole Tarantula (2006)
  32. “(A Man’s Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs” –  Ole Tarantula (2006)
  33. “I’m Falling” – Goodnight Oslo (2009)
  34. “The Afterlight” – Propellor Time (2010)
  35. “End of Time” – Love From London (2013)

Oh, and while I realize that the Soft Boys were technically a different artist, given that most of the Soft Boys were also in the Egyptians, and Robyn is clearly the mastermind there as well (sorry Kimberly Rew, but you’ll just have to live off the royalties to “Walking on Sunshine” & “Going Down to Liverpool”), i’ve jumbled it all together.