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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    "One L" probably can stand toe to toe with "Wafflehead"...
     
  2. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    haha. Well we will get through it!!
     
  3. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident

    'Narcissus' is one of the highlights of the reunion. 5/5. I have no idea why this didn't kick off Sides One or Two.
    When I relistened to Luxor recently I remembered my initial reaction was "oh, it's like Eye without the highlights."

    I think we're in a bit of a "heads down, let's plough through this together" phase of the thread / career.
     
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  4. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "Narcissus"

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    Average: 4.04
     
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  5. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Today's song is "Disconnection of the Ruling Class", written by Robyn Hitchcock (lyrics and music), Kimberly Rew, Matthew Seligman and Morris Windsor (music). Produced by The Soft Boys and Pat Collier.


    Robyn Hithcock: vocals, guitar
    Kimberly Rew: guitar, vocal
    Matthew Seligman: bass
    Morris Windsor: drums, vocal
     
  6. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

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    This one is pretty good! I don't recall it at all really....I want to say 3.654/5
     
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  7. Great Face For Radio

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

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    I don't think RH is much of a fan but this is his most Rolling Stones-like song since Rock'n'Roll Toilet. Specifically, it sounds as if was inspired by Honky Tonk Women and I love it's swagger and attitude. It's another one which is far better than several on Nextdoorland.

    The lyrics are delightfully off-kilter too. I've no idea why Slade and two of their members are namechecked but I guess it's fitting with Noddy Holder having turned 75 yesterday.

    Unfortunately in the UK in 2021, the ruling class are as disconnected as ever.

    Disconnection of the Ruling Class 4/5.
     
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  8. MattR

    MattR Forum Resident

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    4.5/5 for Narcissus, it's great and should have opened one of the sides of Nextdoorland.

    3.5/5 for Disconnection... a bit plodding.
     
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  9. Shriner

    Shriner Forum Resident

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    Disconnection -- yes, it plods too much with no variance (which, admittedly, RH leans on a lot and those are usually not my favorite types of his songs...) 2/5 -- though it would have fit better on the main album
     
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  10. AlienRendel

    AlienRendel Forum Resident

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    Narcissus - 4.5/5 - Should've been on the album.

    Disconnection - 3/5 - Like a bunch of Robyn's tunes from this time, it starts out promising but then never really goes anywhere. Pleasant, not essential.
     
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  11. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    I really like "Disconnection of the Ruling Class" and think it'sa near-classic. It doesn't really sound particularly "Soft Boys" to me, it's rare that they get into this kind of sexy groove, but it totally works.

    4.5/5
     
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  12. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "Disconnection of the Ruling Class"

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    Average: 3.45
     
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  13. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

  14. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler

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    This one is great. Didn't we do this already at some point?

    Anyhow 4.2/5
     
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  15. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

     
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  16. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Lyrics.

    Luscious guitars, of course: this is something that I think comes off better than Robyn's solo version mainly because the Soft Boys do this kind of electric mysterious English folk thing so well. It is more a slice of atmosphere than a full-fledged song, but I like it for being what it is, no more no less.

    3.9/5
     
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  17. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident

    The thing that strikes me about Side Three is that it’s much more representative of the stylistic range that was always one of the hallmarks of The Soft Boys than its parent album. Which is probably why my idealised Nextdoorland is more like Side Three (Expanded Edition).
     
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  18. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Let’s see your playlist!
     
  19. Great Face For Radio

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

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    It's a really good song but I prefer the folk version on Mossy Liquor as the band don't really add too much to it.

    Each of Her Silver Wands. 3/5.
     
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  20. Shriner

    Shriner Forum Resident

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    Wands -- short and ultimately forgettable (but pleasant enough) -- 3/5
     
  21. MattR

    MattR Forum Resident

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    Wands - much better than the Robyn solo version, the guitars and harmonies sound great again. This would make my playlist too! 3.9/5
     
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  22. AlienRendel

    AlienRendel Forum Resident

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    Silver Wands - 3.5/5
     
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  23. redmedicine

    redmedicine Pop Punk Psych Prog

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    Good on all of you for sticking with this to the end! While there are some of the later albums (Ole Tarantula, s/t) I enjoy, it gets a little harder to have a strong opinion on most of this material for me.
     
  24. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident

    Travelling at the moment, but as soon as I get back, it’s yours.
     
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  25. Great Face For Radio

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

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    In the meantime here's mine:

    Nextdoorland/Side Three

    1. Narcissus

    2. Disconnection Of The Ruling Class

    3. La Cherite

    4. Sudden Town

    5. Om

    6. Comin’ Through

    7. Pulse Of My Heart

    8. Unprotected Love

    9. Each Of Her Silver Wands

    10. Mr Kennedy
     
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