Monday, 23 July 2012

Robyn Hitchcock - Madonna Of The Wasps...

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.

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