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Fegmania Import

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Audio CD, Import, April 19, 1996
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Egyptian Cream
  2. Another Bubble
  3. I'm Only You
  4. My Wife and My Dead Wife
  5. Goodnight I Say
  6. The Man with the Lightbulb Head
  7. Insect Mother
  8. Strawberry Mind
  9. Glass
  10. The Fly
  11. Heaven
  12. Bells of Rhymney
  13. Dwarfbeat
  14. Some Body
  15. Egyptian Cream [#][*][Demo Version]
  16. Heaven [Live][#][*]
  17. Insect Mother [Smithsound Demo][#][*]
  18. Egyptian Cream [Live][#][*]
  19. The Pit of Souls: The Plateau/The Descent/The Spinal Dance/Flight of ...


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Castle Music UK
  • ASIN: B000024HFD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pop Kulcher Review: While Robyn Hitchcock has been plugging away in relative obscurity for over two decades (both with the groundbreaking pop/punk outfit the Soft Boys and as a solo artist), this album remains the highlight of a career which has seen tremendous variations in quality. This is probably his most mainstream-sounding album, but that makes it no less compelling than his more eccentric work. Robyn manages to combine his Syd Barrett/John Lennon-esque oh-so-British vocals, Byrds-y guitar jangle, and lyrics which run the gamut from Monty Python-like absurdity to late '60's psychedelic pop into an utterly original (but oddly addictive) package. Songs like "Heaven" and "Egyptian Cream" are pure, unadulterated pop (with a dose of weirdness thrown in), while even the more offbeat tunes like "My Wife & My Dead Wife" and "The Man With The Lightbulb Head" are incredibly infectious and charming. And the ever-solid Egyptians (mostly holdovers from his Soft Boys days) provide the sort of supple rhythm section all too rare in the indie music scene. Every Robyn fan will already own this; but listeners of everything from R.E.M. to the Byrds to Matthew Sweet will be charmed by this confection. Now if only they'd put his Soft Boys masterpiece Underwater Moonlight back in print...
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After he left the Soft Boys, Robyn Hitchcock made many fine solo albums. "I Often Dream Of Trains" gets most of the rave reviews, but for my money this was his finest studio album, boasting some of his very best songs. I love the description that one reviewer gave this one: "Pure Pop for Abnormal People". That nails it! Hitchcock has both a warped sense of humor and an acute pop sensibility. Combine those two traits and you have some amazing songs. He can play it "straight" with pop gems like "Strawberry Mind" and "Heaven" or shimmering covers of songs like "Bells of Rhymney". And then he can switch over to his warped rocker disguise with oddball delights such as "The Man with the Lightbulb Head" and "My Wife & My Dead Wife." This guy just oozes brilliance. And if you've ever had the privilege of seeing him in concert you know how great a performer he is too. I found the bonus tracks on this CD reissue to be hit and miss. I like the demo versions but not so much the live stuff. But the original album remains something close to a masterpiece. If you've enjoyed other Hitchcock albums, or wondering what all the fuss is about, check out this CD immediately!
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Despite having numerous records by the British madcap, this is the music I return to, the music I most associate with Hitchcock. Everything gelled for him on this record, as if he were emerging from a long, dark, acoustic trip through the forest. Perhaps it is the maturation of the artist, or the presence of the Egyptians that coalesced Hitchcock's pop sensibilities. Whatever the case, the fact that this record languishes in obscurity is a total mystery to me; Hitchcock is among a dozen artists of the eighties that will be referenced time and again for their musical brilliance.

That said, there is a downside to this recording; it's a bit too long, especially considering the last few tracks might have worked better as b-sides rather than stretch an already brilliant album to the point of being merely good. In any case, I usually let 'Heaven' serve as the closer whenever making a cassette or burning a cd, although I am working on a remix that will let 'Goodnight, I say' close things out. Mixing is not my specialitiy, however, so until that happens, I merely snip.

Beg, borrow, or steal this record asap, and enjoy the goodness.
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Robyn and The Egyptians blend beautifully on this record. Light, byzantine-patterned psyacadelic pop. Whispery spider-woven melody lines, inverted guitar and simple beauty. Catchy and wonderful.
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"Glass", with the 6/4 '"slippy" progressive' intro, has got to be one of the musical gems of our time; I listen to Jazz, Classical, you-name-it; this is an extraordinary track worth its weight in gold. The next 5 tracks, "The Fly", "Heaven", "The Bells of Rhymney", "Dwarfbeat", and "Somebody", are superb tracks also, and details of said tracks can be found in other reviews . This review is based on the Midnight Music CD issue, but the tracks mentioned are in the same order on Rhino re-release.But that's not all; the rest of the release is also fantastic, including the opener "Egyptian Cream" and the 'hit' "My Wife and My Dead Wife", and the terrific track "I'm Only You". Also outstanding (and all too brief) is the 'rhythmically slippery' but infectious and sly "Insect Mother". This recording is slated for re-re-release (?) on Yep Roc soon, but all versions are well worth checking out. What more can I say? This British artist should be Way beyond cult status in my humble opinion, and this is a fine record to start your own assessment.
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Robyn Hitchcock / Fegmania! (Rhino): This is an excellent album. Robyn's writing is as weird as ever but the whole feel of this one is more fun. "The Man with the lightbulb head" and "My wife and my dead wife" are songs not to be missed. A Five Star album.
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