Apr 5, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock is unique by any estimation. It's not just his
songwriting, lyrics, world view and effortless charisma... it's
also that he's managed to release consistently solid music for
decades, up through and beyond 2017's self-titled album. This is
wholly anomalous in the industry. I mean, even the Stones crapped
out after "Some Girls," and Bowie got kinda sketchy for a while
after "Scary Monsters." Hitchcock has known no such hiccups.
He's long been a favorite songwriter of mine, so having him on
Car Con Carne is something of a dream come true. If you're new to
his music and want recommendations so you can start spiraling down
the Hitchcock rabbit hole, email me. I'm only too happy to share
playlists and song suggestions.
Discussed on the show this week, presented by the Autobarn Mazda
- After seeing him play at SPACE the night before, we talked
about the benefits of changing up the live setlist every night:
"Songs are with you for life. I've bottled bits of my life like a
firefly in a jar that doesn't suffocate ... like a gif, if you want
to look at things in Instagram terms... "
- How Robyn approaches a setlist for Chicago fans: "I don't think
there were that many casual listeners. They would know the arcane
- Robyn's live music history in Chicago, from Lounge Ax and Metro
to the Vic, Thalia Hall, SPACE and all venues in between.
- What's in a name? When it comes to "alternative," it's
impossible to answer.
- R.E.M.'s early enthusiasm for Robyn Hitchcock.
- Robyn and Jonathan Richman: They're characters.
- Robyn's cover of Psychedelic Furs' "Ghost In You": What did
Psychedelic Furs think of it?
- Robyn's take on the "carcass" of the music industry, and his
perception of how things are working in the present day.
- The albums from Robyn's "commercial" period on A&M: Why
aren't they streamable? And go ahead and rip them if you want to
- Knowing how articulate Robyn is, is it safe to assume he always
has his face in a book?
- The secret to enjoying Shakespeare? Booze.
- I rattle off a list of favorite Hitchcock songs and get his
impressions and stories behind each. He goes deep into what
informed "Goodnight Oslo" and the critical importance of Peter
Buck's guitar on "Flesh Number One."
- "Dislocated state" is the new best way to describe one's
disposition while partying.
- Robyn's music basically has "two and a half settings."
- Could Robyn see himself often dreaming of L trains?
Car Con Carne is presented by The Autobarn Mazda of
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