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Chronolology (The Very Best of Robyn Hitchcock)

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I Wanna Destroy You
Artist: The Soft Boys
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Kingdom of Love
Artist: The Soft Boys
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Only The Stones Remain
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The Man Who Invented Himself
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I Often Dream Of Trains
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My Wife and My Dead Wife
Artist: Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians
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If You Were A Priest
Artist: Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians
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Balloon Man
Artist: Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians
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Madonna of the Wasps
Artist: Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians
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So You Think You're In Love
Artist: Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians
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Queen Elvis
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I Feel Beautiful
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Mr. Kennedy
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Full Moon In My Soul
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Adventure Rocketship
Artist: Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3
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Goodnight Oslo
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Karen Schoemer hosts "The Schoemer Show" on WGXC 90.7 fm Hudson/Catskill and www.wgxc.org. She is the author of Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair with '5...more »

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A 29-year retrospective that eschews the outer limits of his bizarre imagination
2011 | Label: Yep Roc Records / Redeye

It must please Robyn Hitchcock, now that he’s at or even (gulp) past the midway point of his career, to look back and realize that nearly all of his biggest “hits” are about love. There’s “My Wife and My Dead Wife,” a 1985 ditty about a ménage a trois in multiple spiritual dimensions: “I can’t decide which one I love the most/ The flesh and blood or the pale smiling ghost”; “Madonna of the Wasps,”… read more »

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Charming, Disarming, Embalming

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Robyn Hitchcock possesses the unique perception of a blue suede shoe wearing jaded anglerfish detective that covets a transport fetish and sings ballads ruefully into a magic mirror. Inside his magic tram there is a musical gearstick that shifts from heartfelt to barmy faster than any milk cart or formula one car. Probe mercilessly around his musical oeuvre and you’ll find sincere nostalgia hankering after the emergency exit, feral joyous abandon that will inspire you to want to run and hug a cactus and an acute insight into the human condition that makes most telepaths look like Jehovah’s witnesses. So stop for a second to enjoy a lifetime’s journey that joins all kind of dots, including spontaneous ink spillages on Nancy’s picnic rug, the constellation of Perseus, sour grapes, chicken pocks, a smattering of salt and pepper from parallel dimensions and the first full stop on the last letter never written.

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Robyn Hitchcock first emerged as the singer with The Soft Boys, Cambridge misfits whose against-nature fusion of punk, prog and psychedelia peaked with 1980 masterpiece Underwater Moonlight, an album that would later burrow into the brains of US heroes The Replacements and REM. As a solo artist (or with backing bands The Egyptians and The Venus 3), he continued to explore the clammy absurdities and cosmic mysteries of human existence with a slew of beguiling… more »

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Y Robyn Hitchcock Matters

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

I don't know if the Y in Robyn Hitchcock's name was there on his birth certificate, but I can't imagine it spelled "Robin." That Y is the same slightly odd Y that's present in the Byrds, in Syd Barrett and in Bob Dylan - arguably the three biggest historical presences behind his music. He's got an enormous, three-decade-long discography, but the early solo albums that have just come to eMusic include some of the sweetest… more »

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It's Halloween, which is the best holiday out of all the holidays that don't involve presents. On Halloween, everyone pretends to be afraid of ghosts, which are generally thought to be the spirits of dead people who, for some reason or another, are caught in between worlds. I'm not sure I believe in ghosts. It's probably all the Scooby Doo episodes I watched as a kid; ghosts were never real, but rather just Old Mr. Thompson… more »