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Old 09-17-2019, 03:23 PM
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Best song ever: The Yip Song


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxH2lyw65JY

Yes? No? Why not?

(Just an excuse to start a Robyn Hitchcock admiration thread.)
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Old 09-17-2019, 03:37 PM
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No. The best song ever is Louie Louie, followed closely by Ace of Spades.

ETA: The Yip Song isn't even Robyn Hitchcock's best song, IMO. For that, I'd prolly pick Sleeping With Your Devil Mask.

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These superfans agree.
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Old 09-17-2019, 05:48 PM
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Huge Robyn Hitchcock fan here. He's the artist I've seen the most live. I've lost count how many times I've seen him at this point, but it's definitely 40+ times. I do really like The Yip Song quite a bit, but I think my favorite song by him is My Wife And My Dead Wife. That said, The Yip Song is probably a catchier song.
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It doesn't appear to be available for streaming yet but I understand he's been recording music with Andy Partridge (XTC) lately. The potential for wonderfulness is high!
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:13 AM
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Planet England was released 6 September. Burning Shed is where you can purchase a copy.

And yeah, it's pretty wonderful. I mean, it's exactly what I expected from them.

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An early solo Robyn favourite from me Do Policemen Sing? see also "Brenda's Iron Sledge" (which you can find for yourselves).
I'd put in a link to "Uncorrected Personality Traits" but the example I found on youtube was pretty crap.

I kind of lost touch with Robyn when he went a bit too folk-y, I mean there is good stuff on I Often Dream of Trains and later releases, but for me it started to trend a bit too "normal".

I think top Robyn was back with the Soft Boys, but the best of his solo stuff keeps up.

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Huge Robyn Hitchcock fan here. He's the artist I've seen the most live. I've lost count how many times I've seen him at this point, but it's definitely 40+ times.
You're in Los Angeles, so where have you seen him? I used to go to his gigs a lot when I use to live in London (long ago, before his hair went grey). The "acoustic" gigs were the most fun, where he'd go off on some spiel between numbers. One time at Ronnie Scots he continued a single rambling, improvised, non-sequitur filled (you might say Hitchcock-esque) story between every number. Does he still do that sort of thing?

He occasionally turns up live on Radio 4's Loose Ends, but he seems to save his latest not-so-good songs for this.
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You're in Los Angeles, so where have you seen him? I used to go to his gigs a lot when I use to live in London (long ago, before his hair went grey). The "acoustic" gigs were the most fun, where he'd go off on some spiel between numbers. One time at Ronnie Scots he continued a single rambling, improvised, non-sequitur filled (you might say Hitchcock-esque) story between every number. Does he still do that sort of thing?
These days when he passes through town, he usually plays Largo in West Hollywood, so I've seen him there a whole bunch of times (they have a bigger and a smaller room there, and he plays both, depending on what type of show/band he's with). I've also seen him play the Troubadour, The El Rey, The Palace on Vine in Hollywood (called something else these days), an old theater downtown I forget the name of, McCabe's Guitar Store, a few free shows at Amoeba Records and (believe it or not) the Starbucks on Melrose Ave., plus I'm sure other places I'm forgetting. I've also seen him in other cities; Boston was the first time I saw him (I forget the name of the venue, but we're talking somewhere around 30 years ago), Vancouver (during the Soft Boys reunion tour), Seattle, and Baltimore.

Yes, he still does the in-between song stream-of-consciousness banter, which I love!
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And does his first song always include a harmonica? (I've only seen him live once + the documentary "Storefront Hitchcock." Both sets opened with harmonica accompaniment.)
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I really think he's the Lou Gehrig of rock. He has had great stuff in 5 decades. Stacks of great songs. And he has never needed critical inflation, or sentimentality, like most legacy acts do, to keep the string going.
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I really think he's the Lou Gehrig of rock. He has had great stuff in 5 decades. Stacks of great songs. And he has never needed critical inflation, or sentimentality, like most legacy acts do, to keep the string going.
Exactly! It's been a great joy to have "discovered" him after all these years.

Maybe this is the best song ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGBv3T25FSQ
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The Best Song Ever is a tie between (I can't get no) Satisfaction and Brown Sugar, with Roll Over Beethoven in 3rd, and Handel's Messiah in 4th.

I commend Robyn Hitchcock for a great effort.
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The Best Song Ever is a tie between (I can't get no) Satisfaction and Brown Sugar, with Roll Over Beethoven in 3rd, and Handel's Messiah in 4th.

I commend Robyn Hitchcock for a great effort.
Nope. Still "The Yip! Song." (I left off that important exclamation point in my OP)
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