Strawberries Dress - Robyn Hitchcock

from the album Love From London (2013)

Once upon a time, I was at a pre-party for an XTC concert at a friend of a friend's apartment in Boston.  It was there that I was first introduced to the music of Robyn Hitchcock. It seemed that all the XTC fans were also fans of his.  This made a lot of sense.  With his surreal lyrical imagery, melodic sensibility, and witty tenderness (or tender wittiness), Robyn Hitchcock's brand of eclectic British rock was the perfect mix for both the college students and the intelligencia.

Strawberries Dress is a song from his new album, Love From London, that I have been enjoying since its release earlier this week.  The song opens with a cool, electric guitar riff picked over a steady beat.  A few bars later, Hitchcock enters with his signature vocals:

Telecom Tower
The tree doesn't reach
Above your head

Elegant flower
The scene doesn't change
Around your heart
From the chimneys to the pink horizon

As the song unfolds, I find myself swept into the vibe.  The guitar riff, the groove, and the vocal melody all agree with me.  By the time the song closes, with the lead vocal joined by female harmonies and cello, repeating the line "You, in your strawberries dress,"  I am floating on the music.  When the song ends, I play it again ... and again.

It is great to be listening to new material from Robyn Hitchcock.  I hope you enjoy it.

Click Here to listen to the album version.

Click Here to watch him perform an acoustic version in the studios of WFUV, a great college radio station from Fordham University in NYC.

Click Here to watch Robyn Hitchcock perform Glass Hotel live in Golden Gate Park last summer.  The really cool thing about the video is that he is joined on stage by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. John Paul Jones is noodling on mandolin before the song starts and plays a snippet from The Battle Of Evermore.  Cool stuff.

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  1. A friend gifted me this record this week which was a complete treat. But what is really the treat is that there are multiple tracks which are blog-worthy, from the guitar on Be Still to the beautiful piano on Harry's Song. And you take the words right out of my subconscious- the part where I hear a great song, and instead of hearing the words witty and tender with melodic sensibility, my brain just tells me I like it with the words "Yup. I like this."
    This song truly is delightful and my first choice as well. You're comments are right on...so I think you should just...write on!

    Ps...love the links you added. Would be great to be back at GG park, just sittin' on the grass with all the hippies.

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    1. An older track I think you might enjoy is Madonna Of The Wasps from his album Queen Elvis. It is one of my favorites.

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