Saturday, June 22, 2019

Robyn Hitchcock - Acoustic Covers, 2000-2004

Here's the fourth of my album collections of acoustic covers done by Robyn Hitchcock, the vast majority played live. He's played a million covers, so there are a lot more albums like this one coming soon.

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.


  1. Are there enough Syd Barrett covers to make an album?

    1. It's funny you mention that, because there are. I count 15 done acoustically by him. I've actually made an album of them all, even though that duplicates what I have on other albums. I can post it here if you're interested.

  2. You may already be aware that Robyn actually covered the entire White Album live with a troupe he labeled "Heavy Friends"

    Robyn Hitchcock and Heavy Friends
    The White Album Against the War Benefit
    3 Kings, Clerkenwell
    August 7, 2004

  3. I have a copy in flac if you happen to need it as well ;)

    1. Don't worry, I've got that. Not only that, but he does a bunch of other albums in their entirety, including several other Beatles ones. but I plan on posting all my stray tracks album collections from him before getting to those.

      In my various stray track collections, acoustic or otherwise, I'm not using any songs from those special shows, since I plan on posting them separately eventually.

    2. Great, I just figured I'd offer especially in light of all the work you put in