Robyn Hitchcock

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Many people have tried to turn Robyn Hitchcock into a star over the years, including Jonathan Demme, who placed him at the center of Storefront Hitchcock, a quirky 1998 performance film, and gave him a small but key role in the recent remake of The Manchurian Candidate. Unfortunately, Hitchcock's obsession with the macabre proved too strange for the masses, and because the albums he's made in recent years have largely eschewed the rock-pop boisterousness he honed during his early days fronting the Soft Boys, even some fans have moved on. Those who remain may find Spooked, a 2004 disc issued by the Yep Roc imprint, to be dark even by Hitchcock's standards. Yet amid a slew of acoustic laments that pair him with crooner Gillian Welch are several reminders of his impish sense of humor, including the sly "Creeped Out," the casually surrealistic "We're Gonna Live in the Trees," and "Welcome to Earth," a mock introduction to the planet that advises visitors to "press one for famine, two for pestilence, three for Condoleezza, and four for death." Like a member of Monty Python who also happens to be a brilliant songwriter, he's terrific in intimate settings such as the Lion's Lair, where he'll be joined by Mike Jourgensen. Had Hitchcock become ultra-famous, you wouldn't have the chance to find that out for yourself.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.