The Ghost In You - Robyn Hitchcock

from the forthcoming album The Man Upstairs (2014)

Earlier this year, Richie Beans and I grabbed a few dates to take to a Robyn Hitchcock show in a small Atlanta club.  Unfortunately, this was the night of the Snowpocalypse, a slight storm causing that fine city to have a total traffic meltdown and embarrass itself before the world.  It was a Georgia psychobilly freakout.

However, for Richie Beans and myself, this was Robyn Hitchcock and there was no way we were going to miss the show.  I took mass transit which worked like a gem.  Richie got there early.  Way early.  Catch the soundcheck early.

In all, you could count the audience on your fingers and toes.

It was like being in a psychedelic coffeehouse somewhere near Ice Station Zebra.  And standing there - close enough to touch - was Robyn Hitchcock playing a bunch of new and old tunes.  The show included a cover of The Psychedelic Furs "The Ghost In You."  It was mind bending good.

He stripped the tune way down, turning it into a haunting folk ballad.  His voice picking notes out of thin air, each one sticking you like a voodoo doll.  He was three feet away from our table, staring at the ceiling, making you see the imagery in his mind thru some kind of perversely subliminal telekinesis.

This song leads off his forthcoming studio album.  Listening to it brings me back to that surreal night.

Click Here to listen to the album version of The Ghost In You.

Comments

  1. One of my favorite life experiences of all time. Thanks for sharing it with me, 40 Watt Gigolo!

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    1. looking forward towards our next show...

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  2. I was wondering when you'd get around to blogging about this...so good.

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