Robyn Hitchcock... Gigography

Robyn Hitchcock Morris Windsor
Concert appearance: Sat., 9 Oct. 2004

Purcell Room
London, England UK
part of Mind Your Head Festival

Set list:

Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Beatles)
I Got The Hots
Ole Tarantula
She Doesn't Exist
Only The Stones Remain
My Wife And My Dead Wife
English Girl piano version
Somewhere Apart
Alright Yeah
Chinese Bones
Creeped Out
Full Moon In My Soul
The Man Who Invented Himself piano version
Queen Elvis

Well as ever, Robyn managed to put on a splendid
show. It was solo apart from percussion from Maurice.
The hall was full and very appreciative. It was good
to hear old songs such 'man who invented himself', which
Robyn played on the piano. He actually played 3/4
songs whilst playing the piano, something I've never seen
him do before. It was great to hear 'Element of Light'
live. The material went down very well, most people had
obviously gotten hold of 'Spooked' in advance, something
that your correspondent hadn't managed, though I did
manage to buy it at the gig. Robyn was in fine fettle
and on great 'Banter' form.He wasn't overly political
though he mentioned that America was 'Full of Americans
trying to escape' (or words to the effect). The show
started with 'Happiness is a warm gun', which he dedicated
to John Lennon on his birthday. It really was a show of
greatest hits and new songs. 'I got the Hots' went down
well as did newer songs like 'Television' and 'If you know
time'. All in all, a great time was had by all.
"We Are all Prostitutes"

Last Night.

Half of the songs on the setlist were left unplayed, with others
surfacing instead. Worth going to more than one gig.


Wonderful rendition of "The Man Who Invented Himself". Startlingly,
achingly beautiful version of "Queen Elvis". Also "Somewhere Apart".

And great fun with Morris and Robyn on different beats.

`If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, `you
wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM.'

`I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.

`Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head
contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!'

`Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to
beat time when I learn music.'

`Ah! that accounts for it,' said the Hatter. `He won't stand


No plectra. Creeped-out American Girl. Television. Ole Tarantula.
Plus a range of old favourites, solidly picked.


Morris standing. Beautiful harmonies. Airscape at the end.

Overall, damn near perfect.

x Jim

Saturday's show was unbelievable - if I'd been any closer to
the stage I would have been sat on the end of Robyn's rather great but
utterly worn-out shoes. One of the best shows I've seen and a first in
terms of himself on the piano and Morris being upstanding... there was a
real warmth onstage (Robyn hugged Morris when he came on bearing a glass
of wine and napkin, butler-stylee) and the stuff they played was almost
as unbelievable as the way they played it...

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