Interview: Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn HitchcockInfluenced by punk rock and Pink Floyd, English songwriter and guitarist Robyn Hitchcock has carved out an enviable career as a cult artist, from The Soft Boys in the late 1970s through last year’s OléTarantula, recorded with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Young Fresh Fellows’ Scott McCaughey. Hitchcock’s recent work still ranks among the best of his career, but this year, he’s also playing archivist with I Wanna Go Backwards, a new box set covering three of his critically best-regarded solo albums—Black Snake Diamond Role, I Often Dream Of Trains, and Eye—plus a two-disc rarities compilation, While Thatcher Mauled Britain. Another set covering his albums with backing band The Egyptians is slated for 2008, as well as another new album with most of the Tarantula crew. Hitchcock recently talked with The A.V. Club about the death of the album, new and old songs, “quirkiness,” and why Seattle is Hitchcock’s favorite U.S. city.

Originally published on Nov. 13, 2007. Read the complete article.

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