Robyn Hitchcock: Sex, Food, Death and Insects

Overview

British singer and songwriter Robyn Hitchcock has been a cult favorite since beginning his career with the group the Soft Boys in the mid-1970's. Hitchcock's songs are immediately recognizable for their lovely but fractured melodic sense and his eccentric worldview, with images of fish, insects and death prominent in his bitterly witty lyrics. While Hitchcock has never enjoyed major commercial success, he's long been a favorite with other musician, and Peter Buck of R.E.M. has been an outspoken fan and ...
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Overview

British singer and songwriter Robyn Hitchcock has been a cult favorite since beginning his career with the group the Soft Boys in the mid-1970's. Hitchcock's songs are immediately recognizable for their lovely but fractured melodic sense and his eccentric worldview, with images of fish, insects and death prominent in his bitterly witty lyrics. While Hitchcock has never enjoyed major commercial success, he's long been a favorite with other musician, and Peter Buck of R.E.M. has been an outspoken fan and collaborator for years. In 2006, Hitchcock and his ad hoc band the Venus Three -- featuring Buck and two members of R.E.M.'s touring ensemble, Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin -- convened at Hitchcock's home in West London to record his sixteenth solo album, Ole! Tarantula!. Filmmaker John Edginton was on hand with a camera crew to capture the proceedings, and Robyn Hitchcock: Sex, Food, Death and Insects offers an intimate look at the creative process of this one-of-a-kind artist. Robyn Hitchcock: Sex, Food, Death and Insects features cameo appearances from Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, British pop legend Nick Lowe and American alt-country favorite Gillian Welch, all of whom lend their talents to Hitchcock's recording sessions.
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Special Features

"Evolve," "John in the Air," "Star of Venus," and "Afterlight"; Complete rough versions plus conversations about Robyn's songwriting technique; Acoustic rooftop performance of "Olé! Tarantula"; Music video for "Adventure Rocketship"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • UPC: 733961107937
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,326

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robyn Hitchcock Participant
Peter Buck Participant
Bill Rieflin Participant
Scott McCaughey Participant
Chris Ballew Participant
John Paul Jones Participant
Nick Lowe Participant
Gillian Welch Participant
David Rawlings Participant
Morris Windsor Participant
Ruby Wright Participant
Technical Credits
John Edginton Director, Producer
Rowan Baylis Editor
Graham Day Cinematographer
Lynne Kirby Executive Producer
Jordan Kreisler Associate Producer
Laura Michalchyshyn Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Robyn Hitchcock - Sex, Food, Death and Insects
1. The Shock of Existence [8:02]
2. A Song, a Dance and a Smile [6:52]
3. John Paul Jones Drops In [6:52]
4. The Party [3:24]
5. On Tour in America [17:37]
6. Final Stop - Seattle [10:37]
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Disc #1 -- Robyn Hitchcock - Sex, Food, Death and Insects
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      Rough Versions of Evolve, John in the Air, Star of Venus, Afterlight
      Olé Tarantula: An Acoustic Rooftop Performance
      Adventure Rocketship Music Video
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