CD 5241 Queen Elvis
Produced by Robyn Hitchcock/Andy Metcalfe
Released on March 1989
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CD 5241 cover
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W ell, you couldn’t subsist by listening to Skylarking and Orange And Lemons indefinitely, now could you? Come into the reign of Queen Elvis and get wet you really what: the surreal world as seen through the ears of Robyn Hitchcock. Robyn of Loopiest Luxley sure wouldn’t mind the company in his forest of crazed characters: one Superman, one Queen, three Madonnas and the Devil’s Coachman too. Everything could mean anything and probably means nothing, but the dreamlike juxtaposition of images (“I the sergeant of your hair”) leaves the door wide open to interpretation, so much so that when a line like “If I were man enough I’d come on your stump” rolls around, it could, you know, mean what you’re certain it couldn’t possibly. The sport of Queen Elvis is hearing Hitchcock and the Egyptians puddle-splash through such a charming songbook. For fans of eccentric English pop who haven’t met the Queen or her kindred, it does feel as though Syd Barrett has joined XTC for an album. “Swirling” sounds like Skylarking’s “Grass,” “Madonna of the Wasps” evokes the imagery from “No Thugs In Our House” (“The insect-headed wife will hang her waspies on the line”), and then there’s the sense in listening to songs like “Veins of the Queen” and “Wax Doll” that we’re xtc’ing double. The difference of course is that XTC’s music sounded as though it had passed through committee, whereas Hitchcock here is unfiltered. As a result, there are moments on Queen Elvis that couldn’t happen anywhere else, from lazy speculation on the Queen’s interests in order to rhyme “dogs” with “frogs,” to a line like “It took the Holy Roman Empire just to get you by my side” that sounds, by album’s end, to be perfectly plausible.

CD 5241 back sleeve
CD 5241 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. MADONNA OF THE WASPS    3:05
  2. THE DEVILS COACHMAN    2:33
  3. WAX DOLL    4:12
  4. KNIFE    3:24
  5. SWIRLING    3:38
  6. ONE LONG PAIR OF EYES    4:57
  7. VEINS OF THE QUEEN    3:24
  8. FREEZE    4:46
  9. AUTUMN SEA    4:23
  10. SUPERMAN    3:48

    CD bonus tracks
  11. VEINS OF THE QUEEN (ROYAL MIX)
  12. FREEZE (SHATTER MIX)

    All songs written by Robyn Hitchcock

CREDITS

ROBYN HITCHCOCK -- guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals, piano, art direction
ANDY METCALFE -- bass, keyboards, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, fire extinguisher, percussion, triangle, mixing
MORRIS WINDSOR -- drums, electric guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Harvey Brough -- string arrangement
Peter Buck -- guitar, electric guitar
John Miller -- string arrangement
Quartet Zu -- strings
  Sally Herbert -- violing
  Jocelyn Pook -- viola
  Audrey Riley -- cello
  Sonia Slany -- violin
Dave Woodhead -- trumpet, trumpet score
Jessica Corcoran -- engineer
Pat Collier -- mixing
Jeff Gold -- art direction
F Ron Miller -- design
Peter Grant -- design
George Wright -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US March 1989 A&M LP/CDX SP/CD 5241 lyric sleeve, CD w. bonus tracks
GER 1989 A&M LP 395 241-1 lyric sleeve
JPN 1989 A&M CD D22Y-3351  

 

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