Robyn Hitchcock

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Legal name: Robyn Rowan Hitchcock


Robyn Rowan Hitchcock (born 3 March 1953) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. While primarily a vocalist and guitarist, he also plays harmonica, piano and bass guitar.

Coming to prominence in the late 1970s with The Soft Boys, Hitchcock afterward launched a prolific solo career. His musical and lyrical styles have been influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Syd Barrett. Hitchcock's lyrics tend to include surrealism, comedic elements, characterisations of English eccentrics, and melancholy depictions of everyday life.

He was signed to two major American labels (A&M Records, then Warner Bros.) over the course of the 1980s and 1990s, and was the subject of a live performance/documentary film (Storefront Hitchcock) by major motion picture director Jonathan Demme in 1998, but despite this, mainstream success has been limited. He has earned strong critical reviews over a steady stream of album releases and live performances, and a "cult following" for his songs.

  1. ^ a b Trager, Oliver (4 December 1997). The American Book of the Dead. Simon and Schuster. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-684-81402-5. Hitchcock developed a sizable cult following on the heels of the critical acclaim he received in the mid-1980s for his highly poetic, if somewhat obscure, songs. 
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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Black Snake Dîamonḑ Röle Robyn Hitchcock 7
1982 Groovy Decay Robyn Hitchcock 3
1984 I Often Dream of Trains Robyn Hitchcock 5
1985 Groovy Decoy Robyn Hitchcock 3 3
1990 Eye Robyn Hitchcock 5 5
1996 Moss Elixir Robyn Hitchcock 2
1996 Mossy Liquor Robyn Hitchcock 1
1999 Jewels for Sophia Robyn Hitchcock 1
2000 A Star for Bram Robyn Hitchcock 2
2002 Robyn Sings Robyn Hitchcock 3.5 1
2003 Luxor Robyn Hitchcock 1
2004 Spooked Robyn Hitchcock 2
2011 Tromsø, Kaptein Robyn Hitchcock 2
2013 Love From London Robyn Hitchcock 3
2013 The Man Upstairs Robyn Hitchcock 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Invisible Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock 3
1995 Gravy Deco: The Complete Groovy Decay/Decoy Sessions Robyn Hitchcock 1
1995 You & Oblivion Robyn Hitchcock 1
1995 Robyn Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock 1
1996 Greatest Hits Robyn Hitchcock 1
1997 Uncorrected Personality Traits: The Robyn Hitchcock Collection Robyn Hitchcock 1
2005 Obliteration Pie Robyn Hitchcock 1
2007 I Wanna Go Backwards Robyn Hitchcock 3
2008 Shadow Cat Robyn Hitchcock 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 I Often Dream of Trains in New York Robyn Hitchcock 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Storefront Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 America Robyn Hitchcock 1
1982 Nightride to Trinidad Robyn Hitchcock 1
2010 Halo Mary Robyn Hitchcock 1
2010 To Be Human Robyn Hitchcock 1
2012 There Goes the Ice Robyn Hitchcock 1
2015 Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 The Bells of Rhymney Robyn Hitchcock 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 06-18-2000, KCRW RADIO, OPEN ROAD Robyn Hitchcock & Grant-Lee Phillips 1

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