Saturday, June 22, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock - Acoustic Covers, 2000-2004
It's not too hard to guess that the three biggest musical influences on Hitchcock have been the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd. So it's fitting (though totally coincidental) that this album starts with three songs by the Beatles, then two by Dylan, and two by Barrett. Furthermore, later in the album, he does another song by Barrett ("Baby Lemonade") and another by the Beatles ("Happiness Is a Warm Gun").
Here are the rest of the songs, and who did them first:
Neon Meate Dream of an Octafish - Captain Beefheart
The Main Thing - Roxy Music
Tarotplane - Captain Beefheart
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees (!)
The Ocean - Velvet Underground
Wah-Hoo - Cliff Friend
The song there that wins points for obscurity is "Wah-Hoo." It's a country song that dates back to the 1930s.
None of the performances on this album have been officially released, though two of them come from a DVD about Syd Barrett. Yet the sound quality is generally quite good. One the first song, a version of "I Am the Walrus" by Hitchcock and Grant Lee Phillips, there's some crowd noise because the two of them are having a fun lark with the song, which gets a lot of audience response. It's similar with "Stayin' Alive," which is another jokey lark (including some improvised lyrics).
01. I Am the Walrus (Robyn Hitchcock & Grant Lee Phillips)
02. Across the Universe (Robyn Hitchcock & Grant Lee Phillips)
03. Think for Yourself (Robyn Hitchcock)
04. Born in Time (Robyn Hitchcock)
05. Pledging My Time (Robyn Hitchcock)
06. Dominoes (Robyn Hitchcock)
07. It Is Obvious (Robyn Hitchcock)
08. Neon Meate Dream of an Octafish [Recitation Version] (Robyn Hitchcock)
09. The Main Thing (Robyn Hitchcock)
10. Tarotplane (Robyn Hitchcock)
11. Stayin' Alive (Robyn Hitchcock)
12. The Ocean (Robyn Hitchcock)
13. Baby Lemonade (Robyn Hitchcock)
14. Wah-Hoo (Robyn Hitchcock)
15. Happiness Is a Warm Gun (Robyn Hitchcock)
For the album cover, I wanted to use a photo of Hitchcock with an acoustic guitar at some point in the years 2000 to 2004. But I couldn't find any good ones that were definitely from that time. I found one from 2006. I guess that's close enough for horseshoes.