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Author
Robyn Hitchcock
Performances
224

Releases

Title Artist Label Type Year
Launch Live '98 Robyn Hitchcock Launch Promo 1998
Jewels for Sophia Robyn Hitchcock Warner Brothers Album 1999
Jewels For Sophia (advance) Robyn Hitchcock Warner Brothers Promo 1999
Inflatable Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock [none listed] Bootleg 2000
This Is the BBC Robyn Hitchcock Hux Records Album 2006
Jewels For Sophia Robyn Hitchcock Noble Rot/Collectors' Choice Album 2007
Patreon 2023 Robyn Hitchcock Internet 2023

Gigs

Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK 07/23/1997
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK 07/30/1997
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn at Sea Isle of Wight England UK 08/16/1997
Robyn Hitchcock Two Bells Seattle Washington US 08/31/1997
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US 11/14/1997
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US 11/15/1997
Robyn Hitchcock Boat Race Cambridge England UK 12/04/1997
Robyn Hitchcock The Princess Charlotte Leicester England UK 12/06/1997
Robyn Hitchcock Mean Fiddler London England UK 12/09/1997
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK 02/03/1998
Robyn Hitchcock Great American Music Hall San Francisco California US 04/29/1998
Robyn Hitchcock Bottom Line New York New York US 06/12/1998
Robyn Hitchcock Rams Head Tavern Annapolis Maryland US 06/13/1998
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US 06/20/1998
Robyn Hitchcock Aladdin Theater Portland Oregon US 06/25/1998
Robyn Hitchcock Crocodile Cafe Seattle Washington US 06/26/1998
Robyn Hitchcock Mercury Lounge New York New York US 11/20/1998
Robyn Hitchcock Bloom Mezzago Italy 02/13/1999
Jon Brion Largo Los Angeles California US 04/02/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US 06/04/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US 06/18/1999
Robyn Hitchcock GLR London England UK 06/24/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Hotel du Nord Paris France 06/27/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Hotel du Nord Paris France 06/28/1999
Robyn Hitchcock and John Hegley GLR London England UK 07/18/1999
Robyn Hitchcock WXRT Chicago Illinois US 07/20/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Showbox Seattle Washington US 07/23/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Rhino Records Los Angeles California US 08/01/1999
Robyn Hitchcock The Palace Los Angeles California US 08/01/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Ogden Theater Denver Colorado US 08/03/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Stubb's Bar B Q Austin Texas US 08/07/1999
Robyn Hitchcock New Daisy Theatre Memphis Tennessee US 08/10/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Masquerade Atlanta Georgia US 08/11/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Cat's Cradle Carrboro North Carolina US 08/12/1999
Robyn Hitchcock 9:30 Club Washington DC US 08/13/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Tramps New York New York US 08/17/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Agora Theatre Cleveland Ohio US 08/22/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Bumbershoot Festival Seattle Washington US 09/06/1999
Robyn Hitchcock H.Q. Dublin Ireland 09/19/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Stables Wavendon England UK 09/21/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Dingwalls London England UK 09/22/1999
Robyn Hitchcock BBC - Andy Kershaw London England UK 09/22/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Colchester Arts Centre Colchester England UK 09/23/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Winchester Arts Centre Winchester England UK 09/24/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Ronnie Scott's London England UK 09/26/1999
Robyn Hitchcock The Portland Arms Cambridge England UK 09/27/1999
Robyn Hitchcock The Zodiac Oxford England UK 09/28/1999
Robyn Hitchcock G2 Glasgow Scotland UK 09/30/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Cactus Café Austin Texas US 10/23/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Cactus Café Austin Texas US 10/23/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Cactus Café Austin Texas US 10/24/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Echo Lounge Atlanta Georgia US 10/25/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Cat's Cradle Carrboro North Carolina US 10/26/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Fletcher's Baltimore Maryland US 10/27/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA The Upstage Philadelphia Pennsylvania US 10/29/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Paradise Rock Club Boston Massachusetts US 10/30/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US 10/31/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA The Bowery Ballroom New York New York US 11/01/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Rosebud Pittsburgh Pennsylvania US 11/05/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan US 11/06/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Top Cat's Cincinnati Ohio US 11/07/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Metro Chicago Illinois US 11/10/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA First Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota US 11/11/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Crocodile Café Seattle Washington US 11/16/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Aladdin Theater Portland Oregon US 11/17/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Great American Music Hall San Francisco California US 11/19/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA The Troubadour Los Angeles California US 11/20/1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic Santa Monica California US 11/22/1999
Robyn Hitchcock WXPN - World Café Philadelphia Pennsylvania US 11/23/1999
Robyn Hitchcock Circolo Renfe Ferrara Italy 01/21/2000
Robyn Hitchcock Ronnie Scott's Birmingham England UK 01/30/2000
Robyn Hitchcock Fleece and Firkin Bristol England UK 01/31/2000
Robyn Hitchcock The Garage London England UK 02/01/2000
Robyn Hitchcock The Point Oxford England UK 11/17/2000
Robyn Hitchcock The Underworld London England UK 11/18/2000
Robyn Hitchcock Assembly Rooms - The Supper Room Edinburgh Scotland UK 08/03/2001
Robyn Hitchcock Dancebase (National Center for Dance), Grassmarket Edinburgh Scotland UK 08/22/2001
Robyn Hitchcock West End Cultural Centre Winnipeg Manitoba Canada 07/30/2002
Robyn Hitchcock Assembly Rooms - The Edinburgh Suite Edinburgh Scotland UK 08/12/2002
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US 04/24/2004
Robyn Hitchcock Polish Club Sheffield England UK 10/05/2004
Robyn Hitchcock Sin-é New York New York US 10/27/2004
Robyn Hitchcock Shank Hall Milwaukee Wisconsin US 11/05/2004
Robyn Hitchcock Scranton Cultural Center Scranton Pennsylvania US 11/11/2004
Robyn Hitchcock World Café Live Philadelphia Pennsylvania US 11/15/2004
Robyn Hitchcock The Grand Ballroom New York New York US 04/09/2008
Robyn Hitchcock Black Lion Inn Hereford England UK 05/31/2008
Robyn Hitchcock Blend Bar Ridgewood New Jersey US 07/12/2008
Robyn Hitchcock Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US 06/09/2010
Robyn Hitchcock McCabe's Santa Monica California US 01/21/2012
Robyn Hitchcock McCabe's Santa Monica California US 10/05/2012
Robyn Hitchcock Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago Illinois US 10/13/2012
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 Triple Door Seattle Washington US 10/29/2012
Biscotti Cecil Sharp House London England UK 12/06/2012
Robyn Hitchcock Mercy Lounge Nashville Tennessee US 09/12/2013
Robyn Hitchcock The Lantern Bristol England UK 11/08/2013
Robyn Hitchcock Eddie's Attic Decatur Georgia US 01/29/2014
Robyn Hitchcock Eddie's Attic Decatur Georgia US 02/22/2014
Robyn Hitchcock Sellersville Theater Sellersville Pennsylvania US 03/03/2014
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival The Bell House New York New York US 09/21/2014
Robyn Hitchcock The Lantern Bristol England UK 10/02/2014
Robyn Hitchcock St John The Evangelist Oxford England UK 10/04/2014
Robyn Hitchcock The Junction Cambridge England UK 10/06/2014
Robyn Hitchcock Rams Head on Stage Annapolis Maryland US 11/08/2014
Robyn Hitchcock Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant Minneapolis Minnesota US 11/21/2014
Robyn Hitchcock Workplay Theater Birmingham Alabama US 02/12/2015
Robyn Hitchcock Duck Room at Blueberry Hill St. Louis Missouri US 02/19/2015
Robyn Hitchcock SPACE Evanston Illinois US 02/22/2015
Emma Swift High Tea Sydney New South Wales Australia 03/05/2015
Taste The World Botanic Park Adelaide South Australia Australia 03/07/2015
Robyn Hitchcock Club Manufaktur Schorndorf Germany 04/22/2015
Robyn Hitchcock Jamboree Barcelona Spain 04/30/2015
Robyn Hitchcock Band on the Wall Manchester England UK 06/02/2015
Robyn Hitchcock Union Chapel London England UK 06/05/2015
Robyn Hitchcock The Landmark on Main Street Port Washington New York US 01/29/2016
Robyn Hitchcock Cafe Nine New Haven Connecticut US 03/25/2016
Robyn Hitchcock The Grand Victory New York New York US 04/02/2016
Robyn Hitchcock The Barns at Wolf Trap Vienna Virginia US 04/06/2016
Robyn Hitchcock Largo at the Coronet Los Angeles California US 06/05/2016
Robyn Hitchcock Fremont Abbey Arts Center Seattle Washington US 10/04/2016
Robyn Hitchcock Club Congress Tucson Arizona US 10/08/2016
Robyn Hitchcock West End Center Aldershot England UK 10/21/2016
Robyn Hitchcock Cecil Sharp House London England UK 10/25/2016
Robyn Hitchcock The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury England UK 10/27/2016
Robyn Hitchcock The Greystones Sheffield England UK 10/30/2016
Robyn Hitchcock 3TEN Austin City Limits Live Austin Texas US 11/11/2016
Robyn Hitchcock Grace Emily Hotel Adelaide South Australia Australia 12/15/2016
Robyn Hitchcock Jammin Java Vienna Virginia US 05/11/2017
Robyn Hitchcock Woodstock Playhouse Woodstock New York US 09/02/2017
Robyn Hitchcock The Kent Stage Kent Ohio US 11/16/2017
Robyn Hitchcock Monty Hall Jersey City New Jersey US 02/16/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Cafe Nine New Haven Connecticut US 02/18/2018
Robyn Hitchcock TivoliVredenburg Cloud Nine Utrecht Netherlands 02/27/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Randy Now's Man Cave Bordentown New Jersey US 04/04/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Irvington Town Hall Theater Irvington New York US 04/07/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River Massachusetts US 04/12/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Fat Lils Bar Witney England UK 05/15/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Unitarian Church Cambridge England UK 05/17/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Fruit Hull England UK 05/22/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room Liverpool England UK 05/23/2018
Robyn Hitchcock The HUBS Sheffield England UK 05/25/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Kingskerswell Parish Church Newton Abbot England UK 05/29/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Ramsgate Music Hall Ramsgate England UK 05/31/2018
Robyn Hitchcock The Betsey Trotwood London England UK 10/17/2018
Robyn Hitchcock City Winery Atlanta Georgia US 11/07/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Colony Woodstock New York US 11/14/2018
Robyn Hitchcock Columbus Theatre Providence Rhode Island US 11/17/2018
Robyn Hitchcock The Chef Restaurant Hoi An Vietnam 12/06/2018
Robyn Hitchcock McGonigel's Mucky Duck Houston Texas US 01/24/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Gasa Gasa New Orleans Louisiana US 02/02/2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Factory Theatre Sydney New South Wales Australia 02/22/2019
Robyn Hitchcock The State Room Salt Lake City Utah US 03/29/2019
Robyn Hitchcock SPACE Evanston Illinois US 04/03/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Stoughton Opera House Stoughton Wisconsin US 04/04/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Chesapeake City Public Library Chesapeake Virginia US 04/10/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Randy Now's Man Cave Bordentown New Jersey US 04/12/2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Stone Church Brattleboro Vermont US 04/16/2019
Robyn Hitchcock One Longfellow Square Portland Maine US 04/19/2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Wedgewood Rooms Southsea England UK 05/01/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Central Library Huddersfield England UK 05/05/2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Musician Pub Leicester England UK 05/07/2019
Robyn Hitchcock St Mary's Creative Space Chester England UK 05/09/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Harlow's Sacramento California US 05/19/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Club Cafe Pittsburgh Pennsylvania US 06/21/2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Ark Ann Arbor Michigan US 06/22/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Monarch Tavern Toronto Ontario Canada 06/24/2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Boileroom Guildford England UK 07/21/2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Jericho Tavern Oxford England UK 10/17/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff Wales UK 10/30/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Murmrr New York New York US 11/21/2019
Robyn Hitchcock City Winery Boston Massachusetts US 11/24/2019
Robyn Hitchcock Brewery Arts Center Kendal England UK 01/25/2020
Robyn Hitchcock Drygate Brewing Co Glasgow Scotland UK 01/26/2020
Robyn Hitchcock Fremont Abbey Arts Center Seattle Washington US 02/28/2020
Robyn Hitchcock The Orpheum Theater Flagstaff Arizona US 03/07/2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn & Emma's house Nashville Tennessee US 05/20/2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn & Emma's house Nashville Tennessee US 07/15/2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK 11/04/2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK 02/03/2021
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK 05/14/2021
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Private House Nashville Tennessee US 07/14/2021
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK 08/29/2021
Robyn Hitchcock Phoenix Exeter England UK 09/09/2021
Robyn Hitchcock Ipswich Transport Museum Ipswich England UK 09/11/2021
Robyn Hitchcock Rondo Theatre Bath England UK 09/17/2021
Robyn Hitchcock The Swiss Cottage Twyford England UK 09/19/2021
Robyn Hitchcock The Bodega Nottingham England UK 09/23/2021
Robyn Hitchcock Foxlowe Arts Center Leek England UK 09/24/2021
Robyn Hitchcock More Music Morecombe England UK 09/25/2021
Robyn Hitchcock Summerhall Edinburgh Scotland UK 10/02/2021
Robyn Hitchcock Private House Sydney New South Wales Australia 03/03/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Southbank Centre - Queen Elizabeth Hall London England UK 03/19/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Brudenell Social Club Leeds England UK 03/20/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK 03/23/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Loppen Copenhagen Denmark 03/25/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Knuckleheads Kansas City Missouri US 04/14/2022
Robyn Hitchcock White Rabbit Cabaret Indianapolis Indiana US 04/22/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Cluny 2 Newcastle upon Tyne England UK 05/01/2022
Robyn Hitchcock HIPNIC Big Sur California US 05/21/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace Pioneertown California US 05/25/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Largo at the Coronet Los Angeles California US 05/26/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK 08/03/2022
Robyn Hitchcock The Barrel House Ballroom Totnes England UK 09/14/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Corn Exchange Hertford England UK 09/20/2022
Robyn Hitchcock 40 Watt Club Athens Georgia US 11/10/2022
Robyn Hitchcock Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room Liverpool England UK 02/28/2023
Robyn Hitchcock Whelan's Dublin Ireland 03/03/2023
Robyn Hitchcock Private House Portland Oregon US 03/20/2023
Robyn Hitchcock Zebulon Los Angeles California US 03/25/2023
Robyn Hitchcock The Betsey Trotwood London England UK 06/30/2023
Robyn Hitchcock The Betsey Trotwood London England UK 07/01/2023
Robyn Hitchcock Claypath Delicatessen Durham England UK 08/18/2023
Robyn Hitchcock Claypath Delicatessen Durham England UK 08/19/2023
Robyn Hitchcock Esquires Bedford England UK 09/01/2023
Robyn Hitchcock The Old Woollen Leeds England UK 09/06/2023
Robyn Hitchcock Ludlow Assembly Rooms Ludlow England UK 09/08/2023
Robyn Hitchcock The Talleyrand Manchester England Uk 09/09/2023
Robyn Hitchcock WaterColor Boathouse Santa Rosa Beach Florida US 01/12/2024
Robyn Hitchcock McGonigel's Mucky Duck Houston Texas US 01/19/2024
Robyn Hitchcock White Eagle Hall Jersey City New Jersey US 04/23/2024
Robyn Hitchcock Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis Minnesota US 05/02/2024
Robyn Hitchcock Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago Illinois US 05/03/2024
Robyn Hitchcock Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol California US 05/17/2024
Robyn Hitchcock Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace Pioneertown California US 05/23/2024

Comments

From Robyn on Patreon in 2023
Cheese, like music, fishes and people, takes many forms; it would be difficult to like all of them. Every cheese comes at you from a different angle and leads you down its own corridor, like an insistent tour guide. “Yes, monsieur - I hear what you say, but just try a morsel of *this* before you make your final selection”. It’s fattening and addictive, and there’s nothing else like it.

The lyrics appeared in my notebook one jet -lagged morning in Chicago at 6:30am; the music came along a week later at the Hollywood Roosevelt back when it was a relatively inexpensive rock’n’roll hotel. Jon Brion produced my first recording of it, at Ocean Way studios, playing drums along with the tape at half-speed: played back at normal speed they sounded like a typewriter. Hotels and technology change all the time - cheese is eternal. All the types I mention in this song are still with us, and may still be on our plates when we are 75% machines. But I failed to mention my own personal favourite - mimolette:

“Red mimolette with your fierce orange grin

Look at the flubbery shape that I’m in - oh please”

it just didn’t sing well. Too bad…

Lyrics

Roquefort and grueyere and slippery Brie
All of these cheeses they happen to me
Oh please

Rough pecorino and moody Rams Hall
Stop me before I just swallow it all
Oh please

Somebody ring the cheese alarm
Oh please
Somebody ring the cheese alarm

Goats' cheese cylinder, tangy and white
Roll over me in the flickering night
Oh please

Chaume and Jarlsberg, applewood smoked
"The pleasure is mine," he obligingly joked
Oh please

Somebody ring the cheese alarm
Oh please
Somebody ring the cheese alarm

Hey now, Fletcher, don't keep me up late
I can't even fit into size thirty-eights
Oh please

Juddering Stilton with your blue-blooded veins
You can't build a palace without any drains
Oh please
Oh please
Oh please

Half the world starving and half the world bloats
Half the world sits on the other and gloats
Oh please

Truckle of cheddar in a muslin rind
Would you give it all up for some real peace of mind?
Oh no.