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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. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    I hate to be dismissive, but this to me, is just Can of Bees Lite...I actually prefer Can Of Bees Lite to the real, unwatered down pungent true Can of Bees. But I respect it less.

    Guitars make it listenable (see also Can of Bees) and the lyric is pretty good too, if rather a dark little throwback to Robyn's late seventies obsessions: though thankfully there are no dismembered parts here.

    3.3/5
     
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  2. AlienRendel

    AlienRendel Forum Resident

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    Strings - 4/5 - I feel that the 2nd side of the album does take a dip in quality from the 1st, but it's still all pretty good.
     
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  3. Great Face For Radio

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

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    I don't like Strings at all, in fact it's probably my least favourite Soft Boys song ever. It's disjointed, overlong and the "rap" bit in the middle is absolutely cringeworthy. "Take your partner by the middle/Like a burger on a griddle" is a strong contender for his worst ever rhyming couplet.

    The "I wish that I was just paranoid" melody always reminds me of Anarchy In The UK but not in a good way. Unfortunately this track sets the tone for a very weak finale to the album, with only La Cherite of the last four songs passing muster.

    Strings 1.5/5.
     
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  4. Shriner

    Shriner Forum Resident

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    Strings -- 2/5. Not good enough to round up to 3 but it has it's moments. Over long middle section that's not that interesting.
     
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  5. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

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    I like Strings OK...but it's kind of dull, feels like it goes on too long...3/5
     
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  6. MattR

    MattR Forum Resident

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    I rather like Strings. It has the darker, surging side of The Soft Boys that's missing from some of the more mellow songs. It's overlong, but the way it builds to a climax in the "I wish that I was just paranoid" session is really satisfying. Must have been good live.
    3.9/5
     
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  7. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "Strings"

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    Average: 2.95
     
  8. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Today's song is "Japanese Captain", written by Robyn Hitchcock and produced by The Soft Boys and Pat Collier; Recorded and mixed by Pat Collier.

    Lyric.
     
  9. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

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    Hmm, I feel kindly toward this tonight....3.5/5
     
  10. Great Face For Radio

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

    Location:
    London N13
    Another song which is pleasant enough without hitting any great heights. I like the middle eight and the slow outro. I've always wondered what he mumbles in a slowed down voice at the end before the chortle. This one of the few songs from Nextdoorland which wasn't performed live at any of the gigs I saw at the time (Unprotected Love and Lions & Tigers the others I think).

    Unusual use of the F-word; he's usually oblique rather than graphic on the matter of sex.

    Japanese Captain 3/5.
     
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  11. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    A decent song, again with some delicious guitars. Lyrics are OK, melody is a bit uninspired. Mainly this is just a song that goes by nicely without really exciting me or really annoying me.

    HOw does a Japanese captain adore somebody?

    2.8/5
     
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  12. Shriner

    Shriner Forum Resident

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    Captain -- 3/5. And that's a round-up. Lower-tier album filler.
     
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  13. MattR

    MattR Forum Resident

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    Japanese Captain - My least favourite on the album, it just sort of sits there. Even by Robyn's standards this is quite an oblique one lyrically, and I don't really connect with it. 2.6/5
     
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  14. AlienRendel

    AlienRendel Forum Resident

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    Japanese Captain - 3/5 - I think this is probably the weakest tune on the album, but still sounds pretty nice while it's playing.
     
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  15. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "Japanese Captain"

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    Average: 2.9833
     
  16. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Today's song is "La Cherité", written by Robyn Hitchcock. Produced by The Soft Boys and Pat Collier; recorded and mixed by Pat Collier.

    Lyric.

    RobynHitchcock: vocals, guitar
    Kimberly Rew: guitar, vocals
    Matthew Seligman: bass
    Morris Windsor: drums, vocals
     
  17. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    This one is a lot better than the last one, but it definitely is ultimately just kind of pleasant. Lyrics resonate.

    3.9/5
     
  18. Great Face For Radio

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

    Location:
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    The best of the last four tracks on the album. For once the mellow mood is effective and it's underpinned by some lovely subtle guitar work. I have no idea what La Cherité means as it doesn't seem to exist as a word or place name in the French language. the same goes for the other word in the chorus Le Che? Le Shay? Le Shea? Le Chez?

    I do know that "in my end is my beginning" is the final line of the poem East Coker from The Four Quartets by TS Eliot.

    La Cherité. 3.7/5.
     
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  19. Shriner

    Shriner Forum Resident

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    Cherite -- it's Ok, but nothing more than that. 3/5
     
  20. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

    Location:
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    Yeah this is a nice one, 3.8/5
     
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  21. AlienRendel

    AlienRendel Forum Resident

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    La Cherite - 4/5 - I dig this one.
     
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  22. MattR

    MattR Forum Resident

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    La Cherité is very nice. It suffers a bit coming straight off the similarly midtempo Japanese Captain, but this is a lovely little song with wonderful chiming guitars and some of the best lyrics on the album. 4/5
     
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  23. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident

    It’s different, which is a plus, but I still don’t think it’s very good, and it’s probably the least Soft Boys thing they ever released.
     
  24. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    I'll have to count votes later as I slept late and don't have time now!

    Today's song is "Lions and Tigers", written by Robyn Hitchcock. Produced By The Soft Boys and Pat Collier; Recorded and Engineered by Pat Collier.


    RobynHitchcock: vocals, guitar
    Kimberly Rew: guitar, vocals
    Matthew Seligman: bass
    Morris Windsor: drums, vocals
     
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  25. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

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    This one is a snoozer to me....but not terrible I guess....3/5
     

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