In Concert the indestructable
in all their glory
Tuesday 5 December 2006
Ce vingtième album (et des poussières) de Robyn Hitchcock est-il vraiment le meilleur qu’il ait publié depuis une bonne dizaine d’années ? Il semblerait. Mais peut-être est-il juste, comme souvent chez les artistes aussi prolifiques, celui qui tombe au bon moment, qui donne envie de se réintéresser à lui. Grâce au culte voué aux disques psychédélico-punks mélodiques de son groupe les Soft Boys (Underwater Moonlight en particulier), Hitchcock mène en toute quiétude, depuis plus d’un quart de siècle, une sympathique carrière de baladin power pop excentrique qui lui a valu l’admiration de REM en particulier. Peter Buck et sa guitare néo-Byrds sont d’ailleurs très présents sur ce nouvel album aux charmes multiples. Un disque qui pourrait faire office d’introduction parfaite à l’œuvre attachante de Hitchcock. On y trouve son art du texte en apparence absurde, très Lewis Carroll, qui n’exclut pas, en creusant un peu, une certaine gravité. Surtout, Olé ! Tarantula couvre la palette variée d’un artiste singulier dont les compositions tissent une toile qui relierait la poésie planante de Syd Barrett à la pop acide de XTC (Andy Partridge cosigne ici un titre), le folk carillonnant des Byrds au grunge vaporeux du Teenage Fanclub. Et si The Authority Box rappelle étrangement Lennon à son meilleur, le complainte nostalgique de Belltown Ramble ou la déchirante ballade N.Y. Doll – émouvant hommage à la mémoire du disparu Arthur Kane – sont du pur Robyn Hitchcock.
Hugo Cassavetti Télérama - 6 Janvier 2006
museum of sex - olé tarantula - queen elvis -full moon in my soul - arms of love - wreck of the arthur lee
lysander - ride live in the trees - a blonde sometimes
oceanside - i'll come running to you - devil mask - raining twighlight coast
freeze - where angles hover
encore with rodolphe burger and some latrine lovers
tomorrow never knows - waiting for my man - who do you love - maggie's farm
C’était un rencontre qui aura dû avoir lieu lors de Rochefort en Accords au mois d’août
mais étant retenu dans sa vallée par le disque d’Higelin, Rodolphe Burger n’a pas pu participer au festival.
Les chemins de ces deux grands gabarits se sont finalement croisés dans la Sound Gallery
autour de quelques guitares acoustiques, pistaches et verres
e lundi soir avant le concert de Robyn Hitchcock à la Java le lendemain.
C’était un grand concert qui s’est terminé avec un rappel de taille quand Robin invita Rodolphe de monter sur scène
où muni d’une des guitares des Latrine Lovers (qui ont fait un première partie très remarqué) ils s’embarquent sur une suite des morceaux des Beatles, Velvets, Dylan, Bo Diddley en passant par the Doors.
Assistés par Morrris Windsor à la batterie et deux des Latrine Lovers Bertrand à la basse et Mickey à la guitare.
On avait l’impression d’être au Filmore ou Winterland à San Francisco dans les années ’60.
C’est comme ça qu’on aime les concerts à la Java pleins des surprises, spontanéité et bon humeur.
& Peter Blegvad
It was the final concert at the Hotel du Nord
Peter was there for the first show in 1997
and appropriately present for the last in 2005
True to form when the HdN was announced as double booked on monday we had to hastily switch venues to La Java.
After sunday's show we had a few drinks
and a sing-a-long in the Sound Gallery
sunday 6 february 2005
robyn's HdN set list
monday 7 february
Robyn Hitchcock new CD
"Spooked" Proper Records UK
Peter Blegvad & Andy Partridge new CD
Orpheus - The Lowdown
+ Tim Keegan
monday 8 september 2003
From his first crab-drenched utterances with The Soft Boys, in the late Seventies, Robyn has emerged as the single most engaging talent England has to offer. Across a dozen solo albums, he has proved himself to be a songwriter of infinite imagination, both in terms of lyric and of melody. As a guitarist, Robyn Hitchcock is inventive and cutting - and severely under-rated, even by himself. Subtle and never inappropriate, always sympathetic and powerful when it's called for. That's why we keep bringing him back for more of the "never the" same.
raymond chandler evening - bass - all shook up - chinese bones - full moon - idonia
over the hill - my wife and my dead wife i something you
with Tim Keegan madonna of the wasps - queen elvis
i saw nick drake - never gets anywhere with you -
pomme de terre -
& Grant Lee Phillips
thursday 8th may 2003
disconnected & in concert
a totally unique double shared bill !
Robyn Hitchcock's entire body
of work---both as leader of the Soft Boys and as a solo performer,
remains one of the great undiscovered treasures of modern pop music.
Psychedelic pop of the '60's provides the touchstone for his melodic, emotional compositions, but Hitchcock blends his own ideas with those of John Lennon, Syd Barrett, Captain Beefheart, the Doors and the Byrds to create music that advances the tradition rather than merely recapitulating it. Touser Press
Killing Moon / Cynthia Mask / Fractions
Sounds Great When You're Dead / Heavenly
Another Kiss / Squint / Every Day Is Like Sunday
Queen Elvis / Stars and Stripes
The Air She Breathes / Trams Of Old London
The Shallow End / I Feel Beautiful
Fuzzy / Ashes To Ashes
Sound And Vision / Kung Foo Fighting
Tangled Up In Blue
full moon concert Robyn was
aided and abetted by
Tim Keegan in
Wednesday 20 Novembre 2002
visions of johanna / your wax doll / let the sun /
more than this / creeped out american girl / she was vibrating
i dream of trains / only the stones remain /
encore with tim
queen elvis / i saw nick drake / madonna of the wasps (with 12 string)
his first crab-drenched utterances with The Soft Boys, in the late Seventies,
Robyn has emerged as the single most engaging talent England has to offer.
Across a dozen solo albums, he has proved himself to be a songwriter of infinite
imagination, both in terms of lyric and of melody. As a guitarist, Robyn Hitchcock
is inventive and cutting - and severely under-rated, even by himself. Subtle
and never inappropriate, always sympathetic and powerful when it's called
The last time Robyn played in Paris for a solo show he turned up with Peter Blegvad, John Greaves and Syd Straw. That was at the HdN and an evening that some of the neighbours are still talking about!
27th & 28th June 1999
+ Syd Straw & John Greaves
If Patty Smith wasn't opening for REM at Bercy in July we'd probably have had to share Robyn with thousands of REM fans instead of having this highly influential and underrated performer to we merry few at HdN. Mills, Stipe, & Buck rate Hitchcock so highly that he regularly tours the USA with them and they like nothing more on a cold winters night than to sit around and play on each others records.
If Robyn at long last came to do a show in Paris it's thanks to another of his buddies Peter Blegvad who enthused about the gig following his shows with Loudon Wainwright III in 1997. A great singer songwriter with a string of excellent albums to his credit Peter wound and found his way through bands such as Slapp Happy, Faust, Art Bears, Golden Palominos and The Lodge. When he's not drawing his weekly cartoon strip Leviathan for the Independent he's doing something else such as seducing dusky voiced chanteuse Syd Straw into coming along for the ride. It was simply unmissable, two unique evenings in the company of three exceptional performers!
sunday 27 june
Gene Hackman / The Cheese Alarm / Parasol / I Something You
Silver Dagger / Madonna Of The Wasps / I'm In Love With A Beautiful Girl / Glass Hotel
The Yip Song / Autumn Is Your Last Chance / The Queen Of Eyes / In The Spiritual
I Feel Beautiful / Only The Stone's Remain / Freeze
Chinese Bones / Sleeping With Your Devil Mask / The Speed Of Things / She Worships The Sun
monday 28 june
Gene Hackman / The Cheese Alarm / Serpetine / De Chirico Street / Silver Dagger / Queen Elvis
I'm A Mirror / Glass Hotel / I Often Dream Of Trains / I Am Not Me / You And Oblivion
Airscape / Freeze / Chinese Bones / Sleeping With Your Devil Mask / Sally Was A Legend
More Than This
"ROBYN IN WONDERLAND"
by David Fricke
Hitchcock, takes some getting used to. He has a novel approach
to pop minstrelsy -- deviant melodies,
irresistible choruses and fun-house wordplay applied to Robyn-in- Wonderland
scenarios involving, among other things, fish ("Bass"), eccentric
specters ("My Wife and My Dead Wife") and Stonehenge ("Only the
Stones Remain"). His songs are unlike anything on the current chart landscape of synthetic uniformity. Unfortunately, this has led many critics in Hitchcock's
native England to simply file his records under "Acid Casualties."
Hitchcock's first lesson in reconciling the real and the surreal came when he heard Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" at age thirteen.
Three years later, he simultaneously discovered William Shakespeare and Captain Beefheart. He became serious about putting his expanded vocabulary to music while studying English at Cambridge. He puttered around in local coffeehouses as a solo folkie, formed a bizarre acoustic quartet with the charming name of Maureen and the Meatpackers and in 1976 formed the first of several Soft Boys lineups with Metcalfe and Windsor.
The basic idea of the Soft Boys, Hitchcock says now, "was to cross _Abbey Road_ with _Trout Mask Replica_, to have those harmonies and choruses and also that jumping sound." Unfortunately, the Soft Boys' cheerfully bizarre pop was never heard above the roar of England's Sex Pistols generation. The group disbanded in 1981 after playing only one pitifully short U.S. tour.
In recent years, Hitchcock has concentrated on refining his flights of melodic and lyric fancy, not so much for the charts as for his own peace of mind. "Life is too out of control," he says. "I'm trying to make order in way, to present things in as acceptable a way as I can. I'm trying to sweeten the horror, soften the torment." "I wished for the impossible when I was a kid," Hitchcock says, "and when I couldn't realize it, I retreated into fantasy. But I hope people don't use my records as an excuse not to relate to their girlfriends or parents. I hope they take 'em off and think, 'God, I'll go downstairs and be nice to Mum.'"