Robyn Hitchcock

Born 3 March 1953.
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Robyn Hitchcock chats with Mark

Mark Radcliffe presents solo and is joined by singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock.

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Robyn Rowan Hitchcock (born 3 March 1953) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. While primarily a vocalist and guitarist, he also plays harmonica, piano and bass guitar.

Coming to prominence in the late 1970s with The Soft Boys, Hitchcock afterward launched a prolific solo career. His musical and lyrical styles have been influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Syd Barrett. Hitchcock's lyrics tend to include surrealism, comedic elements, characterisations of English eccentrics, and melancholy depictions of everyday life.

He was signed to two major American labels (A&M Records, then Warner Bros.) over the course of the 1980s and '90s, but mainstream success has been limited. He has maintained a loyal cult following and has often earned strong critical reviews over a steady stream of album releases and live performances.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Love From London

    Love From London 2013

    Reviewed by David Sheppard
    The erstwhile Soft Boy’s latest solo outing is a brooding, politicised set.
  2. Review of Spooked

    Spooked 2004

    Reviewed by Rob Webb
    The playing is, in places, beautiful and Hitchcock's lyrics glimmer and rattle like...
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