Robyn Hitchcock... Gigography

The Soft Boys
Concert appearance: Fri., 27 Apr. 2001

Oxford, England UK

Set list:

You'll Have to Go Sideways
Kingdom of Love
Queen of Eyes
I Got the Hots
Old Pervert
My Mind is Connectedů
Bells of Rhymney (Pete Seeger/Idris Davies)
Sudden Town
I Wanna Destroy You
Leppo and the Jooves
Underwater Moonlight
Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd)
Pulse Of My Heart
Rock 'N' Roll Toilet
Only the Stones Remain

Shirt(s): Polka-dots

In a final flourish Morris nearly managed to kick over his drum-kit, but in
a typically sweet, un-rock'n'roll gesture Matthew leapt in and stop one of
his cymbal stands from falling over...

Sound was the best of the tour so far and the gig kept up the high standard
set at the Electric Ballroom. Pity it wasn't a little bit better attended.

Both Matthew and Robyn wore polka-dot shirts which prompted my extremely
witty shout of 'Robyn Hitchcock's Polka-dot army' ('Tigana's black and
white army' is one of the most popular chants at Matthew's beloved Fulham).
It got a smile out of him at least. Robyn just looked perplexed.)


> Good to see Tony and Matt Sewell. Godders, did you make it?

Ja ja. I was up the front idiot dancing to 'Old Pervert'. A young person
attempted to freak out during AD but failed due to lack of the essential
floppy arm-waving and Arthur Brown-style head waggling.

> 4) I Got The Hots
> Bluesier, more relaxed, groovier version than London performance. Following
> lyrical changes - "Best thing about you is your weight" then "Wait till you
> see the carcases in my abattoir." A foot and mouth disease reference
> perhaps, or has he done this one before?

Definitely F&M.

> 5) Tonight
> Introduced by the whispered phrase 'Come on feel the noise' or should that
> be 'Cum on feel the noize'. Has he ever done a Slade cover?!


> 10) I Wanna Destroy You

Something went seriously awry in this one. Either Matthew or (surely not?)
Morris lost the beat for a couple of bars.

> 11) Leppo & The Jooves
> Kim was going mental during this, even did a bit of a duck-walk and strange
> little run across the stage.

Oh for a movie!

> 13) Astro Dom

Introduced by a claim that he had learned it in someone's sitting room in
Oxford in 1970. The bloke who taught it to him asked "Do you remember this
_really old_ Floyd number?".

> "Fade away, Dave Gilmour."

A bit cruel, but that's what he said.

> Sound was the best of the tour so far and the gig kept up the high standard
> set at the Electric Ballroom. Pity it wasn't a little bit better attended.

Paul and Nick who gave me a lift up [thanks Paul!] were disappointed that
the set was shorter than Bristol (no Where are the prawns, no Train round
the bend, no Mr Kennedy, no Airscape, no Devil mask. On the other hand we
did get the Hots and Astronomy Domine - hurrah!)

- Mike Godwin

PS Last time I heard Astronomy Domine live was when the Floyd played it in
the back room of the Fishmongers' Arms, Wood Green in 1968, the only time
I saw them in a pub (they were going through a career low at the time). My
friend Hilary tells me that Voivod do a hot version. Have any other bands
been known to play this Barrett classic?

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