The Face of Death Albums Gigs Lyrics Comments


Robyn Hitchcock


Title Artist Label Type Year
Give it to the Soft Boys The Soft Boys Raw Records Authorized 1977
Wading Through a Ventilator The Soft Boys The DeLorean Record Co. Unauthorized 1984
Gotta Let This Hen Out! Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians Relativity Records Authorized 1985
The Yodelling Hoover The Soft Boys DeLorean Records Unauthorized 1986
Wading Through A Ventilator The Soft Boys Delorean Records Unauthorized 1987
The Face of Death The Soft Boys Overground Records Unauthorized 1989
Raw Cuts The Soft Boys Overground Records Authorized 1989
The Soft Boys 1976-1981 The Soft Boys Rykodisc Authorized 1993
Where Are The Prawns? The Soft Boys Fan Club release 1994
Maxwell's, New York, 1980 The Soft Boys Handmade Productions Unauthorized 1998
Luminous Groove Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Yep Roc Authorized 2008
12 x 7: All the Soft Boys Certify Insane The Soft Boys Unauthorized 2008


Billed As Venue City State Country Date
"Robyn Hitchcock & Chums" (First Egyptians gig) Hope & Anchor London England UK September 29, 1984
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US November 26, 1986
The Soft Boys Metro Chicago Illinois US March 30, 2001
The Soft Boys Astoria London England UK January 13, 1994
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK February 03, 1998
Robyn Hitchcock Knitting Factory New York New York US March 15, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians The Bell London England UK December 17, 1984
The Soft Boys Corn Exchange Cambridge England UK January 17, 1994
The Soft Boys Astoria London England UK January 15, 1994
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US October 31, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Winchester Arts Centre Winchester England UK September 24, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Ronnie Scott's London England UK September 26, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock G2 Glasgow Scotland UK September 30, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Cabaret Metro Chicago Illinois US June 22, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Irving Plaza New York New York US June 21, 1985
The Soft Boys Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia Pennsylvania US March 20, 2001
The Soft Boys The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto Ontario Canada March 28, 2001
The Soft Boys First Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota US March 31, 2001
The Soft Boys Richard's on Richards Vancouver British Columbia Canada April 03, 2001
The Soft Boys Crocodile Café Seattle Washington US April 04, 2001
The Soft Boys Pine Street Theatre Portland Oregon US April 05, 2001
The Soft Boys The Fillmore San Francisco California US April 07, 2001
The Soft Boys Knitting Factory Los Angeles California US April 10, 2001
The Soft Boys KCRW Santa Monica California US April 09, 2001
The Soft Boys The Junction Cambridge England UK April 18, 2001
The Soft Boys The Basement Nottingham England UK April 23, 2001
The Soft Boys The Electric Ballroom London England UK April 26, 2001
The Soft Boys The Waterfront Norwich England UK April 22, 2001
The Soft Boys Boat Race Cambridge England UK January 29, 2003
The Soft Boys La Scuderia Bologna Italy January 15, 2003
Robyn Hitchcock Vic Theatre Chicago Illinois US October 30, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US November 25, 1986
The Soft Boys Great Northern Cambridge England UK January 19, 1982
Robyn Hitchcock Union Chapel London England UK October 29, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK February 19, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Dingwalls London England UK November 17, 1984
The Soft Boys Paradise Rock Club Boston Massachusetts US March 26, 2001
The Soft Boys Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US March 23, 2001
The Soft Boys The Square Harlow England UK October 18, 2001
The Soft Boys Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth England UK April 29, 2001
The Soft Boys Pavilion Theatre Brighton England UK April 20, 2001
The Soft Boys The Concorde Brighton England UK January 14, 1994


Lyrics per those in 'Somewhere Apart - Selected Lyrics 1977-1997'


The face of death is my best friend
He lurks behind my favourite bend
And though we meet, we never speak
I've got a feeling he's unique

He looks so crushed, but he's alright
He eats his food, he sleeps at night
His leather jacket's quite like mine
I'm sure we two would get on fine

But some day I'll make him mine
I'll wear your face I'll come to tea
My place or yours? And then you'll see
It's like walking through a...


He tried too hard, it never came
To anything - they burned his name
They threw him out 'cause he was wrong
And left him trapped inside this song

Face of death!