Have been on a big Robyn Hitchcock kick for months again, this seems to happen all the time too, I probably never really stop listening to him. Madonna Of The Wasps, the opening track on 1989's Queen Elvis, is one of my favourite songs of all-time. It's such a great pop song. Whenever I put it on, this huge feeling of pleasantness washes through me, seemingly slowly and simultaneously, if that's not a paradox. Enchanting music with that generous touch of melancholy in the lyrics and voice, it's like a beautiful lingering intake of breath with a gentle, gentle sigh to follow.
Live on David Letterman:
Live with The Decemberists, Shepherd's Bush Empire, Feb 9th, 2007:
And, appropriately, live at Pestival, 2009:
The version from The Kershaw Sessions is definitely worth hearing too. That was the first Robyn Hitchcock album I bought, sometime in the mid-90s, having always been fond of So You Think You're In Love, and was hugely impressed by the songs on this record. Have loved his music, and lyrics, ever since.