Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fruitful Bash for a 50th Birthday

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fruitful Bash for a 50th Birthday

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Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD

Robyn Hitchcock Queen Elizabeth Hall

ROBYN Hitchcock came bearing gifts to his own celebration of "50 glorious years of me". Every attendee received a properly packaged 13-track CD. That mission accomplished, he spent more than two hours revisiting his solo and Soft Boys catalogue, accompanied by a myriad of combinations of his seven musicians.

Like his music, his party was a discreet affair with an undertow of aloofness.

A keenly followed cult in America, Hitchcock's intelligent, slightly warped tales of fruit ("I water the tomatoes and I think of you," he noted during I Feel Beautiful) death, transport systems and obsessional love have never taken hold at home where he is invariably admired rather than loved.

This is partly a result of his relentless sacrifice of melody for lyrical dexterity, allied to his detached delivery, reminiscent of The Only Ones' Peter Perrett, particularly on the rustic I Saw Nick Drake and its jaunty sibling Open the Door Richard. …

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