Post-punk icon Robyn Hitchcock talks to the Morning Show

British post-punk icon Robyn Hitchcock
British post-punk icon Robyn Hitchcock (Photo by Michele Noach)
  1. Listen Interview with Robyn Hitchcock

    Mar 20, 2013

Robyn Hitchcock is one of those mysterious musicians whose prolific output, massive talent and widespread influence has earned him a devoted cult following, plus a warm appreciation among hardcore musicheads across generations, even as he remains a largely under-the-radar figure in the mainstream.

As founder and frontman of the charmingly weird late-'70s/early-'80s post-punkers the Soft Boys, Hitchcock forged a surreal, playful sound and began to craft his unique and enigmatic lyrical voice. 1980's Underwater Moonlight is perhaps the band's definitive release, although some fans tout the previous year's less-polished debut full-length, A Can of Bees, as the superior record.

As a solo artist, as well as with his '80s and '90s backing band the Egyptians, Hitchock has continued releasing music at a frantic pace, with compilations of rarities and outtakes routinely cropping up to augment his official catalog. In recent years, he's released music with the Venus 3, a supergroup of sorts including R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Ministry's Bill Rieflin. Earlier this month, he released a new solo album, Love from London.

In town for an appearance at Wits™, Hitchcock stopped by The Current studio for an in-depth interview with the Morning Show about his new album and his long, legendary career.