Robyn Hitchcock. Your favorite album?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Sear, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tarragona (Spain)
    I bought Fegmania and Element of light and I love both
    bzfgt, C6H12O6, Tristero and 5 others like this.
  2. fallbreaks

    fallbreaks Forum Resident

    Eye and I Often Dream of Trains are two of my favorites.

    Although his 80s work gets a lot of attention, I think his 90s work is just as good, and he’s continued to make great records up to the present.
    joelee, hhjack, Tom Fediuk and 9 others like this.
  3. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    I Often Dream Of Trains
  4. TerpStation

    TerpStation "Music's not for everyone."

    washington, dc
    He has made too many great ones to pick just 1, but for today, ile go with "Olé! Tarantula." Great songs including a personal favorite, the devastating and beautiful "N.Y. Doll."
  5. JamesLord

    JamesLord Forum Resident

    Perspex Island and the recent S/T are my favourites
    Mr. D and akmonday like this.
  6. DME1061

    DME1061 Forum Resident

    Trenton, NJ
    He’s released so many good ones, but I’ll go with his most recent self-titled album from 2017:

  7. levi

    levi Can't Stand Up For Falling Down In Memoriam

    North Carolina
    I'll go with Element of Light, but his self-titled one from last year was pretty terrific as well.
    bzfgt, 3Dman, lightbulb and 1 other person like this.
  8. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    From the classic era, probably Globe of Frogs. From the recent era, I agree on the s/t album.
    kouzie, bzfgt, slashdot87 and 4 others like this.
  9. patient_ot

    patient_ot Forum Resident

    I've not heard all his solo work. I've got four or five of them from the 80s and I enjoy them all but Fegmania! was the first I heard and probably my favorite.
  10. akmonday

    akmonday Forum Resident

    berkeley, ca
    my gut says to go with the one I heard first, which was Globe of Frogs.
    lightbulb likes this.
  11. John Porcellino

    John Porcellino Forum Resident

    Beloit, WI
    Same here. I love all his early LPs, but these two solo acoustic records are the ones I return to the most. There's an old harder to find collection of b-sides etc called "Invisible Hitchcock" that is right there as my third favorite. Many of those tracks have since been released as bonuses on the reissues, but the Invisible collection holds a special place in my heart.
    Blue Note and lightbulb like this.
  12. Culpa

    Culpa Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    If we're not counting Soft Boys I'll go with Gotta Let This Hen Out. If we're not counting live albums, then probably Fegmania.

    The original Soft Boys' Invisible Hits LP is my favorite Hitchcock overall.
    mooseman and ash1 like this.
  13. Maurice

    Maurice Forum Resident

    North Yarmouth, ME
    I Often Dream Of Trains, Element Of Light and Respect, in that order. I haven't heard much of his last few albums although I did really enjoy the newer songs of his I heard when he played them live on his solo acoustic tour this past spring.
    3rd Uncle Bob and lightbulb like this.
  14. dbeamer407

    dbeamer407 Forum Resident

    Element Of Light and Ole Tarantula
    LucaB likes this.
  15. Guy E

    Guy E Senior Member

    Antalya, Turkey
    I have pretty much everything that Robyn Hitchcock has ever recorded. It is very hard to pick a favorite, but as per the OP, Element of Light is certainly among his very best.
    Culpa and lightbulb like this.
  16. forthlin

    forthlin Forum Resident

    Somehow I only have 3 tracks from "Respect." I like it a lot, are there more like this from him?
  17. TexasBuck

    TexasBuck Forum Resident

    Dallas, TX
    "Propellor Time" with "Goodnight Oslo" right behind it.
  18. noladaoh

    noladaoh Forum Resident

    Great question. I really like Element of Light, Fegmania, Queen Elvis, Globe of Frogs, and Goodnight Oslo. My favorite song is his cover of the Psychedelic Furs, The Ghost in You.
    lightbulb and forthlin like this.
  19. drad dog

    drad dog Forum Resident

    New England
    Don't underestimate "Spooked"

  20. ash1

    ash1 Forum Resident

    bristol uk
    I Often Dream Of Trains is probably my favourite but plenty of other greats including Invisible Hitchcock.
    Of course, there's also pretty much everything by The Soft Boys to buy first should you be seeking recommendations. Underwater Moonlight, Can Of Bees, Invisible Hits, Wading Through A Ventilator ep...
    Used to see him play regularly in the 80s, 90s.
    Saw him play a few months ago. He asked for requests...I asked for Listening To The Higsons and he played it. Rest of the gig was just as good ! He's very funny, a very good guitarist, writes great songs (of which there are many) and sings them just right.
    I'm definitely a fan but I want to be an anglepoise lamp.
  21. dave-gtr

    dave-gtr Forum Resident

    So many choices. First ones that come to mind, and that I play more often than others: EYE, ROBYN HITCHCOCK (the latest, self-titled), OLE TARANTULA, I OFTEN DREAM OF TRAINS, BLACK SNAKE DIAMOND ROLE, MOSS ELIXIR.

    In the end, the only one that I have NEVER warmed up to is LOVE FROM LONDON. Don't know why.... I've been a fan since '84, so one (personal) 'dud' in the batch isn't bad!
    bzfgt and marc with a c like this.
  22. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    Favourite live album by Robyn Hitchcock?
    “Beautiful Queen - Royal Queen Albert & Beautiful Homer”

    This live performance is Hitchcock’s version of Bob Dylan’s historic concert set
    recorded at Free Trade Hall (Manchester) on 17th May 1966, with The Hawks (before they changed to The Band).

    [Dylan’s recording was infamously released as performed at “Royal Albert Hall”, titled “GWW” aka Great White Wonder, and acknowledged by many as the first Rock bootleg to be released.]
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2018
    Dennis Metz and carville like this.
  23. dave-gtr

    dave-gtr Forum Resident

    I also have a soft spot for TROMSO KAPTEIN. Highly recommended
  24. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    "Spooked" is a late period classic. Great backing from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Wish I had this one on vinyl.
    carville, fallbreaks, Walt and 2 others like this.
  25. Mr. D

    Mr. D Forum Resident


Share This Page