Thursday, October 21, 2010
Robyn Hitchcock, As Selected By You
Monday's XTC post prompted two readers to say a few words about Robyn Hitchcock.
"A few years ago there was word that Andy was going to be collaborating with Robyn Hitchcock. This was absolutely thrilling news for me - two of my favorite geniuses, together at last!"
"...the thought of a Partridge - Hitchcock collaboration-- mouth watering."
I don't get it. Never have. And I've tried. "Queen Elvis," "Moss Elixir," and even the most recent, critically acclaimed "Propellor Time" have all left me cold. Though with "Propellor Time," I listened after seeing "Rachel Getting Married," the Jonathan Demme movie in which Hitchcock is hired to play a wedding. That will forever remain, the two worst hours of my life.
But unlike other artists I don't get, Robyn Hitchcock doesn't bother me. Graham Parker bothers me. But Robyn Hitchcock? No, not at all. I just want to know what I'm missing, because unlike Graham Parker, who so many, including Parker, consider a "genius," Robyn Hitchcock does not put me off with endless releases of the same, boring material. With Hitchcock, I go in wanting something. I try to muster up a little enthusiasm like so many of my friends, but always leave thinking, "Oh well, maybe next time."
So dear readers, tell me. I await your suggestions. Anyone want to compile a nice, 12 track sampler? I just need titles and I will track down the music. Or should I start with one record in particular, even if it is one of the three mentioned above? I'll go in again.
I don't find an Andy Partridge/Robyn Hitchcock collaboration "mouth-watering," and I sure would like to.
For your efforts, I will reward you with a very special "Weekend Mix" tomorrow.