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Robyn Rowan Hitchcock (born March 3, 1953) is a singer-songwriter, psych folk artist, and occasional actor. While primarily a vocalist and guitarist, he also plays harmonica, piano and bass both on record and on stage. March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ...


Born in London, England, he began his recording career in 1976 with the Cambridge-based punk/New Wave band The Soft Boys. After this group broke up in 1981, Hitchcock began recording both as a solo artist, as well as under the band name Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians (with Roger Jackson and two former members of The Soft Boys, Andy Metcalfe and Morris Windsor). It is with this band that Hitchcock achieved some success in the U.S.A via college radio and MTV in the later half of the 1980s and early 1990s with their singles "Balloon Man" in 1988, "Madonna Of The Wasps" in 1989 and "So You Think You're In Love" in 1991. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... The Soft Boys were an influential neo-psychedelic rock and roll band from Cambridge, England, formed in 1976 as Dennis and the Experts. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ...


Hitchcock's musical and lyrical styles have drawn influence from his appreciation of Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Syd Barrett. His tendency for irreverent-sounding delivery has led to some critics misunderstanding him as a purely novelty/comic lyricist, but many of the sentiments within his writing are actually quite serious in themselves, framed in an unpretentious, whimsical and surreal manner. Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Roger Keith Syd Barrett (born 6 January 1946 – died 7 July 2006 in Cambridge, United Kingdom) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and artist. ... Yves Tanguy Indefinite Divisibility 1942 Surrealism[1] is a movement stating that the liberation of our mind, and subsequently the liberation of the individual self and society, can be achieved by exercising the imaginative faculties of the unconscious mind to the attainment of a dream-like state different from, or...


Hitchcock's 2002 double album Robyn Sings is an album of cover versions of Bob Dylan songs, including a live recording of his recreation of Dylan's Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1966 concert. In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ...


Also in 2002, Hitchcock re-united and toured with Kimberley Rew, bassist Matthew Seligman, and Morris Windsor for The Soft Boys releases of Nextdoorland and Side Three. Kimberley Rew is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...


Hitchcock has collaborated with film director Jonathan Demme on two projects: the live concert film Storefront Hitchcock (1998) and the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate, in which Hitchcock portrayed double-agent Laurent Tokar. Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944, in Baldwin, New York) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 American film based on the 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon, and a reimagining of the previous 1962 film. ...


In 2006 he released the Olé! Tarantula album with The Venus 3, which consists of R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Young Fresh Fellows frontman Scott McCaughey and Ministry's Bill Rieflin. Olé! Tarantula is a 2006 album by Robyn Hitchcock, recorded with Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows and Bill Rieflin of Ministry . ... R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, in early 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and vocalist Michael Stipe. ... Peter Lawrence Buck (born December 6, 1956 in Berkeley, California) is the guitarist and co-founder, along with Bill Berry, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe of the seminal 1980s alternative rock band R.E.M.. Biography After spending time in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Buck family moved to... The Young Fresh Fellows are an American alternative rock group that was formed in 1982 in Seattle, Washington. ... Scott McCaughey is the leader of the Seattle-based bands The Young Fresh Fellows and (with Peter Buck) the Minus 5. ... Ministry is an American industrial metal band of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s fronted by Al Jourgensen. ... William (Bill) Rieflin is a contemporary musician that has worked with Ministry, KMFDM, Pigface, R.E.M. and many others, often in the capacity of a drummer. ...


Additionally, Hitchcock has an interest in literature and art. He writes short stories, paints, and draws (often in a whimsical, surrealist style). Many of Hitchcock's album covers bear his paintings or drawings, and his albums' liner notes occasionally include a printed short story. His live concerts usually include a considerable amount of story-telling and conjecture in his lyrical style. Surrealism is an artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the subconscious. ...


Robyn is the son of novelist Raymond Hitchcock and the brother of artist Lal Hitchcock and is not related to Alfred Hitchcock. Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was a highly influential film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ...


Discography

Black Snake Diamond Role was the debut album by former Soft Boys frontman Robyn Hitchcock. ... Groovy Decay is the second album by Robyn Hitchcock, released in 1982. ... Third album by neo-psychedelic artist Robyn Hitchcock, released in 1984. ... Fegmania! is a 1985 album by Robyn Hitchcock. ... Gotta Let This Hen Out! was the fifth album by singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, released in 1985. ... Element of Light is the sixth album by singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, released in 1986. ... Globe of Frogs was an album released by Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians on A & M in 1988. ... Greatest Hits is an unimaginately titled collection of Robyn Hitchcock material from the A&M period 1988-1992 (including Globe of Frogs, Queen Elvis, Perspex Island, & Respect. ... Storefront Hitchcock L.P. is the vinyl edition of the soundtrack to the performance film Storefront Hitchcock, directed by Jonathan Demme and featuring the songs of Robyn Hitchcock. ... Robyn Hitchcocks 1999 album. ... Spooked is a 2004 album by Robyn Hitchcock in collaboration with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. ... Olé! Tarantula is a 2006 album by Robyn Hitchcock, recorded with Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows and Bill Rieflin of Ministry . ...

External links

  • The Museum of Robyn Hitchcock (official site)
  • The Asking Tree: Robyn Hitchcock Lyrics Database
  • The Glass Hotel
  • fegMANIA!
  • Robyn Hitchcock site
  • Robyn Hitchcock collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive

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Robyn is the son of science fiction novelist Raymond Hitchcock and is not related to Alfred Hitchcock.
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