Robyn Hitchcock with Deni Bonet
Concert appearance: Fri., 9 Jan. 1998
West Hollywood, California US
Silver Dagger (Traditional, arr. Baez)
All That Money Wants (Psychedelic Furs)
Oh Yeah (Roxy Music)
The Yellow Snake (Incredible String Band)
Madonna of the Wasps
Jewels for Sophia
I Feel Beautiful
I Dream of Antwoman
Tim went on at about 9:30, decked out in a red sweatshirt and black
jeans, perched on a stool with his acoustic guitar. A short set, of less
than 40 minutes, where he didn't even do "Superkeen"; very good though.
Flyers were distributed advertising Homer's new "There There" single and
the acoustic CD, the details of which I'll post momentarily. A couple of
us Fegs managed to buy some of the very few CDs he brought along, much to
our collective delight.
After a somewhat too long break, Robyn emerged in purple trousers and a
green long sleeve shirt.
All That Money Wants
an Incredible String Band tune I don't know the title of... "Yellow
Madonna Of The Wasps
Jewels For Sophia
Viva Sea Tac (to Tim: "Should we do EJ or VST?")
I Feel Beautiful
Dark Princess (with a Father Joseph pick)
Lovely. Robyn was in a good mood and had several good long stories in
there. I'm guessing rather wildly on the title of the first tune, as it
didn't really have a "hook," per se; 'twas a folky tune played without a
pick. He set the scene for that with a long spoken introduction, which
fused quite well with the song, which I suppose is new.
The Furs, Ferry, and String Band covers were a pleasant surprise also.
The set was shorter than I'd have liked, but we were satisfied. They
were a bit more cohesive as a band this time; no more leaning over to Jon
at the piano saying "OK, this one's in F sharp, and every so often goes
up to A. And the middle bit drops down to E flat." (an actual quote from
November.) I have to confess I'm somewhat of a fan of the more
thoroughly produced sound, and am really hopeful about the stuff recorded
Jon then had a set, during which he played many of the sa-a-ame things he
played last time. But he had some new toys, including a stuffed gorilla
which played (and danced) the Macarena. He turned it on and incorporated
it into something he played on the piano. Jon can get a bit
self-indulgent, but the man has talent and I can see why Robyn likes
having him in the studio. Anybody know where I can find that album by
Anyway, Jon, Robyn, and Tim reappeared for an all-too-brief wrap-up.
(For those of you keeping score at home, Robyn had switched to a green
T-shirt.) Again Robyn started with a long improvised story, this time
set to a minimalist score (or was it ambient?) by Jon and Tim. Then:
Sister Ray, Sweet Jane, an improv about Cheese, and an improv about being
garrotted. Ethan the drummer sprang onto the stage for part of that.
He's grown a beard since November.
This whole crew has been in the studio recording with Grant Lee Phillips
(except, I think, Ethan). They indicated that Grant has the flu, as does
They'll all be back tonight. We'll also get a set by, of all people,
Colin Hay. Ain't southern California great!
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