Daily Song Study

Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians – The Devil’s Coachman

In songs on January 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I used to have the suspicion that Pink Floyd‘s founding madman Syd Barrett had never actually disappeared into obscurity, but instead had changed his name to Robyn Hitchcock.

At the very least, Barrett’s muse may have migrated to someone still able to get on a stage without freaking out. Channeling the same lobe of the English subconscious as writers like Barrett, Peter Gabriel, and Stuart Murdoch, Hitchcock started creating oddball psychedelic-ish tunes back in the punk era as part of the Soft Boys, when everyone was supposed to be stripping things down to the three-chord bash. True to that spirit, he has continued to confound the mainstream ever since.

Very few other lyricists could come up with something like this:

I remember everything as if it happened years ago
Probably it did so I remember it

I’m still wondering about the name change thing.


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