Wey Wey Hep a Hole Ding Dong: Robyn Hitchcock the song by song, album by album thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Lance LaSalle, May 15, 2020.

  1. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

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    Unprotected Love is good, not great...spirited performance, cool guitar 3.5/5

    Love Affair I remembered this when I played it...I like this one OK, 3.4/5

    I'm not going to listen to "Real Dot"...

    Nothing But Time is really good, better than I remembered (I didn't really remember it at all)....kind of wears out before the end though....maybe in a different context it would reveal itself to be more..... 3.6/5

    Baby Doll is a nice one, maybe a hair too long though 3.8/5

    Shadow Cat is long and a bit lacking in focus 2.9/5

     
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  2. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "Unprotected Love"

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    2-0
    3-0
    4-5
    5-2
    Average: 3.9714
     
  3. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "My Mind Is Connected...", written by Robyn Hitchcock and produced by the Soft Boys and Pat Collier; recorded and mixed by Pat Collier.

    Lyric.

    Robyn Hitchcock: vocals, guitar
    Kimberly Rew: guitar, vocals
    Matthew Seligman: bass (moog synth?)
    Morris Windsor: drums, vocals
     
  4. Great Face For Radio

    Great Face For Radio Sing Hosanna, the jazz snobs are all going home.

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    London N13
    I'm finding it quite difficult to rate most of these songs as they're all so overwhelmingly and underwhelmingly pleasant. This is another decent one, nicely played and with a strong Lennonesque middle eight but, once again, it's too mellow to really grab the attention.

    I'm not keen on the bzzp, bzzp bits.

    My Mind Is Connected... 3.5/5.
     
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  5. AlienRendel

    AlienRendel Forum Resident

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    My Mind is Connected - 5/5 - Gimme a part of rock'n'roll
     
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  6. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Atmospheric and quite pretty.

    4.1/5
     
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  7. Shriner

    Shriner Forum Resident

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    Connected -- the melody of the verses reminds me too much of "When I was Dead" (which I think I rated a 5 because that song is awesome.) I don't begrudge somebody who has written as many songs as RH has to crib from himself, by any means, but it takes me out of this one. 3/5
     
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  8. MattR

    MattR Forum Resident

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    @Great Face For Radio nailed it above - mellow and pleasant, but those aren't really the qualities I'm looking for in The Soft Boys. Gimme some of that good old anger and paranoia! Another song that just doesn't quite have the edge needed, but at the same time hard to dislike. 3.3/5
     
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  9. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

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    Nice song but not too much to it, 3.4/5
     
  10. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident

    A live version of this track appeared on a Bucketful of Brains CD at around this time, too. There are a few waifs and strays like this for the Soft Boys reunion period.
     
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  11. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "My Mind Is Connected":

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    2-0
    3-4
    4-2
    5-1
    Average: 3.6143
     
  12. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Today's song is "Sudden Town", written by Robyn Hitchcock; produced by The Soft Boys and Pat Collier; recorded and mixed by Pat Collier.

    Lyric.

    Robyn Hitchcock: vocals, guitars
    Kimberly Rew: guitars, vocals
    Matthew Seligman: bass
    Morris Windsor: drums, vocals
     
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  13. My Mind is Connected 3.8/5

    Sudden Town 4.5/5

    The songwriting is average Hitchcock on this album I suppose, but the sound of the band - YOWZA. That chimey dual guitar attack gives me eargasms.

    Yum, yum, yummy!!

    I friggin’ LOVE The Soft Boys, man. What a band.
     
  14. Great Face For Radio

    Great Face For Radio Sing Hosanna, the jazz snobs are all going home.

    Location:
    London N13
    I'm led to believe this song is about the 9/11 attacks but, other than one verse, there doesn't seem to be much evidence of that within the lyrics. To me it sounds like he's commenting on the soulless aspects of life on the road; another town, another hotel, another restaurant etc. As someone who's travelled extensively as part of my job I can certainly relate to "shuffle away to a lonely keyhole".

    Musically it's good, driven by a great riff but I'm not that keen on the vocals. Too many yeahs and shalalas for my liking. Also not sure why he pronounces rivets as rivettes. The Archway Road pops up again; clearly a touchstone. All in all it's one of the better tracks but the album suffers a dramatic dip in quality from here on in.

    Sudden Town 4/5.
     
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  15. AlienRendel

    AlienRendel Forum Resident

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    Sudden Town - 5/5 - It's all about the guitars here.
     
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  16. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

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    Sudden Town is a good one 3.8/5
     
  17. Shriner

    Shriner Forum Resident

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    Sudden -- it's OK. A driving riff is not enough to raise it to 4, so 3/5
     
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  18. MattR

    MattR Forum Resident

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    Sudden Town - Terrific guitar sound again. With the allusions to arches and overhead wiring, it's sort of like Trams of Old London on steroids. 4/5
     
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  19. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Sorry everyone I was just too busy today: for the last time this school year. I'll resume tomorow and take today off! Again, apologies!
     
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  20. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

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    A day off is welcome right now...
     
  21. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident

    No problem. Side two of Nextdoorland has a similar effect on me, too. ("Hey, how long has it been since I cleaned the shower?")
     
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  22. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    :laugh:
     
  23. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Oh, those sweet guitars, which make a pretty ordinary song (melodically -- the lyrics are quite good, though) really fun to listen to. (Is this the second song on the album about travel? Am I sensing a theme?)

    3.8/5
     
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  24. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "Sudden Town"

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    2-0
    3-1
    4-4
    5-2
    Average: 4.0143
     
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  25. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Today's song is "Strings", written by Robyn Hitchcock, Kimberly Rew, Morris Windsor and Matthew Seligman; produced by The Soft Boys and Pat Collier; recorded and mixed by Pat Collier.

    Lyric.

    Robyn Hitchcock: vocals, guitars
    Kimberly Rew: guitars, vocals
    Matthew Seligman: bass
    Morris Windsor: drums, vocals
     

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