Live Video: Robyn Hitchcock at SXSW

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

At 60 years old, Robyn Hitchcock has experienced a longevity that would be the cause for many musicians’ envy. He began his career as a member of several small, local London bands until 1976 when he founded the psychedelic folk rock group The Soft Boys. In 1981 (about a year after The Soft Boys broke up), Hitchcock released his debut solo album entitled Black Snake Diamond Role, followed by a long string of albums by himself, with The Egyptians and with The Venus 3, and even had a bit of commercial success in the late 80′s. These days, his comfortable stage presence undoubtedly comes from four decades of performing, but it’s his twisting surreal narratives thought up on the spot that characterize is “stage banter” and are about as entertaining as the hundreds of songs he’s written in his career. Though a hand injury led him to play slide and skiffle versions of his songs (like the quirky makeshift drum solo on “Olé! Tarantula”, for example) during our SXSW broadcast live from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin, his set was nonetheless wickedly fun. Watch the videos here and be sure to catch Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3 at the Neptune Theatre on June 4.

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