Today Robyn Hitchcock gets 60 years old. He was, together with Kimberley Rew, the head of the Soft Boys, a group that brought neo-psychedelia and folk into punk and New Wave. After their superb record ‘Underwater Moonlight’ the Soft Boys broke. Since then Robyn Hitchcock is still on the road, made a lot of records and look more and more as a double of Nick Lowe.
Influenced by Bob Dylan, John Lennon and especially Syd Barret he introduced me to the psychedelic sounds of the late 60s. I saw him in the late 80s in a small club in southern Germany and was still impressed, what spectrum he’s able to play. It’s good to see him well on stage.
I don’t have their songs in digital versions – so today only the versions I found on you tube:
The Soft Boys – Kingdom of love
The Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight
The Soft Boys – I Got The Hot For You
Robyn Hitchcock – Goodnight Oslo (live at Glasgow ABC)
Robyn Hitchcock & Venus 3 – Trains