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(Onion AV Club)   Robyn Hitchcock on why he hates "Arthur's Theme" above all other songs: "It's as if you found that you had just become incontinent and soiled your clothing, but you've just been given an enormous amount of painkillers so it doesn't matter"   (avclub.com) divider line 73
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2013-03-05 06:22:14 PM
Wasn't that Christopher Cross's job, to make the music no one else would?
 
2013-03-05 07:05:37 PM
I didn't know who this guy was so I read the article and I still don't know who he is but he sure has spent a lot of time thinking about this song.
 
2013-03-05 08:21:40 PM

Barfmaker: I didn't know who this guy was so I read the article and I still don't know who he is but he sure has spent a lot of time thinking about this song.


I think Robin Hitchcock is a fantastic songwriter, you should start with "Eye"
 
2013-03-05 08:26:20 PM

Barfmaker: I didn't know who this guy was so I read the article and I still don't know who he is but he sure has spent a lot of time thinking about this song.


Seriously? You should be ashamed of yourself. Robyn Hitchcock is one of the great raconteurs of our age.
 
2013-03-05 08:28:41 PM
One thing weird about Robyn Hitchcock is if you are a certain age you'll remember when "Madonna of the Wasps" was on heavy rotation, couple of times an hour. Probably like 88 or so.

Try finding that video anywhere online today. Sure you can find him performing it live but that video? Gone.
 
2013-03-05 08:34:45 PM
That sounds crazy, is it true?
 
2013-03-05 09:30:20 PM
Let's help him get his mind off this, shall we?

projects.pomona.edu
 
2013-03-05 10:28:43 PM
His turn of phrase there is....well, it's evocative.
 
2013-03-05 10:30:34 PM
I'm just get stuck intellectually on the chorus: "If you get caught between the moon and New York City . . ."

You mean, floating in the thermosphere? If so, the best that you can do is turn on your oxygen tank, or somehow find your way over to the International Space Station before your blood boils away from the vacuum of space. Falling in love is probably one of the lowest things on your priority list, and your pool of available candidates for love up there is going to be extremely narrow.
 
2013-03-05 10:35:11 PM
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/I know it's crazy, but it's true
 
2013-03-05 10:36:11 PM

Uzzah: I'm just get stuck intellectually on the chorus: "If you get caught between the moon and New York City . . ."

You mean, floating in the thermosphere? If so, the best that you can do is turn on your oxygen tank, or somehow find your way over to the International Space Station before your blood boils away from the vacuum of space. Falling in love is probably one of the lowest things on your priority list, and your pool of available candidates for love up there is going to be extremely narrow.


It's HIGHLY improbable, but you could get rescued by an alien spaceship in that 30 seconds before your blood boils.
 
2013-03-05 10:37:38 PM
Well, at least he was straight about it.
 
2013-03-05 10:43:46 PM
He looked up above him. Even the angels were asleep.
 
2013-03-05 10:47:07 PM
Just remember, folks: Christoper Cross, the king of yacht rock*, beat out Pink Floyd's amazing, soul-baring masterpiece The Wall for Album of the Year. Let the hate flow.

*pretty sure yacht rock is too pussy to have a cometitive title like "king" or even "artist"
 
2013-03-05 10:47:58 PM
I'll alert the media.
 
2013-03-05 10:50:31 PM
Love the works of Robyn Hitchcock and Christopher Cross.

\my worlds are colliding!
 
2013-03-05 10:54:42 PM

Uzzah: I'm just get stuck intellectually on the chorus: "If you get caught between the moon and New York City . . ."

You mean, floating in the thermosphere? If so, the best that you can do is turn on your oxygen tank, or somehow find your way over to the International Space Station before your blood boils away from the vacuum of space. Falling in love is probably one of the lowest things on your priority list, and your pool of available candidates for love up there is going to be extremely narrow.


Still beats farking Liza Minnelli.
 
2013-03-05 10:59:22 PM
Yea, man Christopher Cross's music wasn't Jaded or Snarky.  Singing about light hearted things without irony,  It's an affront to everything we are as Americans.
 
2013-03-05 10:59:40 PM
Perhaps you'd like me to come in there and wash your dick for you... you little shiat.
 
2013-03-05 11:02:41 PM
Robyn Hitchcock + Grant Lee Phillips = Awesome
 
2013-03-05 11:03:35 PM
I want to live in a world where Captain Beefheart does the theme song to Arthur.
 
2013-03-05 11:04:44 PM
Well, at least every Christopher Cross song isn't a Monty Python sketch about penises.

Robyn Hitchcock got old for me quickly.
 
2013-03-05 11:06:17 PM

Barfmaker: I didn't know who this guy was so I read the article and I still don't know who he is but he sure has spent a lot of time thinking about this song.


Neither did I, but I just checked him out on iTunes and... he's Todd Rundgren.
 
2013-03-05 11:06:26 PM

Confabulat: One thing weird about Robyn Hitchcock is if you are a certain age you'll remember when "Madonna of the Wasps" was on heavy rotation, couple of times an hour. Probably like 88 or so.

Try finding that video anywhere online today. Sure you can find him performing it live but that video? Gone.


Yeah, but it was on MTV's "120 Minutes" which was supposed to be Industrial music. fark Robyn Hitchcock.
 
2013-03-05 11:08:55 PM

Austinoftx: Yeah, but it was on MTV's "120 Minutes" which was supposed to be Industrial music. fark Robyn Hitchcock.


I don't remember 120 Minutes as being industrial. It was more just "alternative" back when that term still had sort of a meaning.
 
2013-03-05 11:12:51 PM

Uzzah: I'm just get stuck intellectually on the chorus: "If you get caught between the moon and New York City . . ."

You mean, floating in the thermosphere? If so, the best that you can do is turn on your oxygen tank, or somehow find your way over to the International Space Station before your blood boils away from the vacuum of space. Falling in love is probably one of the lowest things on your priority list, and your pool of available candidates for love up there is going to be extremely narrow.


He never said how close to either one. Say you're trying to climb a building in Little Italy and your shirt gets snagged while you're trying to swing up to the fire escape? You're caught, definitely below the moon, yet dangling above New York City. The worst that you can do is accidentally strangle yourself, so falling in love is an excellent alternative to that.
 
2013-03-05 11:22:39 PM

DenisVengeance: I want to live in a world where Captain Beefheart does the theme song to Arthur.


Don't we all?
 
2013-03-05 11:31:24 PM

Confabulat: Austinoftx: Yeah, but it was on MTV's "120 Minutes" which was supposed to be Industrial music. fark Robyn Hitchcock.

I don't remember 120 Minutes as being industrial. It was more just "alternative" back when that term still had sort of a meaning.


Oh yes it was Industrial, and then they "syffyed" it because they didn't have the balls to play anything other than "Hearts and Minds" "Headhunter" and "Stigmata", and needed some elevator music to pad the rest of the two hours out with.
 
2013-03-05 11:37:16 PM
Well, the best that he can do (the best that he can do) is fa-al in lo-ove.
 
2013-03-05 11:43:47 PM
Apparently he hasn't heard that mashup of NIN and Carly Rae Jepsen that has started circulating.
 
2013-03-05 11:47:55 PM
fark you. My parents are friends with his aunt. HIS REAL NAME IS CHRIS GEPPERT

*flips table*
 
2013-03-05 11:56:23 PM

Confabulat: raconteurs


What the fark is a raconteur? Is that like a small raccoon?

Anyway, I love this kind of scathing assault on popular (or not so popular) culture.
I love stuff like Plinkett's Reviews, Angry Video Game Nerd, Egoraptor, etc.
Does anyone know of any other people who do this kind of scathing commentary?

Also, I already know you hate those guys I mentioned, you don't have to tell me.
 
2013-03-05 11:59:10 PM
What did DW think?
 
2013-03-06 12:02:33 AM
Maybe Robyn Hitchcock has never known what falling in love feels like, and thus just can't identify with the song.
 
2013-03-06 12:06:21 AM

Confabulat: One thing weird about Robyn Hitchcock is if you are a certain age you'll remember when "Madonna of the Wasps" was on heavy rotation, couple of times an hour. Probably like 88 or so.

Try finding that video anywhere online today. Sure you can find him performing it live but that video? Gone.


Really?

http://www.myspace.com/video/al/robyn-hitchcock-the-egyptians-madonn a- of-the-wasps/1205230
 
2013-03-06 12:09:53 AM

spamdog: What the fark is a raconteur? Is that like a small raccoon?


raconteur
 
2013-03-06 12:16:33 AM
Robyn Hitchcock is the best. Check out the Jonathan Demme concert film "Storefront Hitchcock."
 
2013-03-06 12:26:02 AM
One usually finds a person of his caliber in a bowling alley.
/steal something casual
 
2013-03-06 12:31:20 AM

Confabulat: Barfmaker: I didn't know who this guy was so I read the article and I still don't know who he is but he sure has spent a lot of time thinking about this song.

Seriously? You should be ashamed of yourself. Robyn Hitchcock is one of the great raconteurs of our age.


Well he may know about raconts, but what does he know about music?
 
2013-03-06 12:46:30 AM

Austinoftx: Confabulat: Austinoftx: Yeah, but it was on MTV's "120 Minutes" which was supposed to be Industrial music. fark Robyn Hitchcock.

I don't remember 120 Minutes as being industrial. It was more just "alternative" back when that term still had sort of a meaning.

Oh yes it was Industrial, and then they "syffyed" it because they didn't have the balls to play anything other than "Hearts and Minds" "Headhunter" and "Stigmata", and needed some elevator music to pad the rest of the two hours out with.



I'm fairly certain that you're confusing 120 Minutes with
Amp.
 
2013-03-06 12:56:30 AM
Who?
 
2013-03-06 12:59:32 AM
i've said it before: Hate is the only emotion that lasts. you can write just so much about love, but hate inspires more than anything else. you can sit and pen the most elaborate descriptive phrases and truly juicy bon mots when inspired by hate. Hate fuels the world, strengthens the economy, runs faster and jumps higher than love could ever hope to. Hate. It's what's for breakfast.

gameshowhost: fark you. My parents are friends with his aunt. HIS REAL NAME IS CHRIS GEPPERT

*flips table*


If you like him so much then why don't you marry him?
 
2013-03-06 01:06:00 AM
I love Christopher Cross and his sleep inducing music.

/think of Laura
 
2013-03-06 01:07:09 AM

Ceiling Moran: Confabulat: One thing weird about Robyn Hitchcock is if you are a certain age you'll remember when "Madonna of the Wasps" was on heavy rotation, couple of times an hour. Probably like 88 or so.

Try finding that video anywhere online today. Sure you can find him performing it live but that video? Gone.

Really?

http://www.myspace.com/video/al/robyn-hitchcock-the-egyptians-madonn a- of-the-wasps/1205230


And that is the ONLY place you'll find it. MySpace. WTF.
 
2013-03-06 01:07:13 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com

bahahahahahhahahh!!!
 
2013-03-06 01:08:48 AM

KrispyKritter: i've said it before: Hate is the only emotion that lasts. you can write just so much about love, but hate inspires more than anything else. you can sit and pen the most elaborate descriptive phrases and truly juicy bon mots when inspired by hate. Hate fuels the world, strengthens the economy, runs faster and jumps higher than love could ever hope to. Hate. It's what's for breakfast.


Why did the Nazi's have to ruin so many great things for the rest of us?
 
2013-03-06 01:30:18 AM

Sinbox: Austinoftx: Confabulat: Austinoftx: Yeah, but it was on MTV's "120 Minutes" which was supposed to be Industrial music. fark Robyn Hitchcock.

I don't remember 120 Minutes as being industrial. It was more just "alternative" back when that term still had sort of a meaning.

Oh yes it was Industrial, and then they "syffyed" it because they didn't have the balls to play anything other than "Hearts and Minds" "Headhunter" and "Stigmata", and needed some elevator music to pad the rest of the two hours out with.


I'm fairly certain that you're confusing 120 Minutes with
Amp.


See, they didn't play industrial artists like Nitzer Ebb, Front 242 and Ministry on Amp, the techno show, because they had 120 Minutes, the industrial show, to play them on.
 
2013-03-06 01:39:37 AM
Just a few random things, while I'm at the keyboard and full of alcohols...

1)  I generally don't like all the hate towards songs, TV shows, movies, whatever, we've got better things to do with our time than be negative.  But that was pretty well-said, and had style.

2)  I hate that he connected "Arthur's Theme" with "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", but I can sorta hear the connection.

3)  IIRC, Christopher Cross's performance of this song at the Oscars was one of the absolute worst live performances of any song at any time ever.

4)  I actually saw Christopher Cross in concert, about 15 years or so ago as an opening act for the Beach Boys at our local fair.  It wasn't as bad as I was expecting.  And the Beach Boys were a blast... this was a year or two before Carl passed away, so I had that going for me.
 
2013-03-06 01:52:29 AM

Confabulat: Barfmaker: I didn't know who this guy was so I read the article and I still don't know who he is but he sure has spent a lot of time thinking about this song.

Seriously? You should be ashamed of yourself. Robyn Hitchcock is one of the great raconteurs of our age.


I interviewed him in the '90s. I approached him in a hallway, extended my hand and said "Good afternoon, Mr. Hitchcock, I'm the writer you are supposed to meeting." He replied "I'm the singer who is supposed to be singing".

He's rather like an elongated Peter Cook without the terminal alcoholism.
 
2013-03-06 02:01:22 AM
Austinoftx:

See, they didn't play industrial artists like Nitzer Ebb, Front 242 and Ministry on Amp, the techno show, because they had 120 Minutes, the industrial show, to play them on.

Skinny Puppy (Dig It and Killing Game) and Front 242 (Tragedy For You) were featured on the show over the 17 years it ran but the show was never exclusively dedicated to that form of music.

Here's the playlist for the 4th ever episode (airdate: April 27, 1986)(the earliest I could find):

Lou Reed - No Money Down
The Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene
The Art of Noise - Peter Gunn Theme
The Epidemics - Never Take No For An Answer
Bodeans - Fade Away
Hoodoo Gurus - Bittersweet
Boys Don't Cry - I Wanna Be A Cowboy
Latin Quarter - Modern Times
X-Ray: The Untouchables
The Untouchables - What's Gone Wrong
Cactus World News - Years Later
King - Alone Without You
Platinum Blonde - Somebody Somewhere
Vanity - Under The Influence
Chacko - Once Bitten, Twice Shy (No, not the Great White song!)
The Go Betweens - Bachelor Kisses
Roaring Boys - House of Stone
Oingo Boingo - Stay
John Farnham - Break The Ice (From the motion picture "Rad")
Sharks - Only Time Will Tell
Wild Blue - Fire With Fire
X-Ray: Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson - Language Is A Virus
Rob Jungklas - Boystown
Jean Beauvoir - Feel The Heat
Peter Frampton - All Eyes On You

/when the show was hosted by the late J.J. Jackson)
/cite: 120 Minutes Archive (featuring more information about 120 Minutes than you ever probably ever thought you would care to know.)
 
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