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Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians — Madonna of the Wasps
Album: Queen Elvis
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Released: 1989
Length: 2:58
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Lost Madonna of the Wasps
I wonder where we crossed
I wonder why she lost me

Lost Madonna of the Wasps
She's lying in the frost
I wonder what she cost me

Is this love?

Gone Madonna of the swans
She waves a magic want
And then she settles on me

Wise Madonna of the flies
I look into her eyes
And then she recognize me

Is this love?

Lost Madonna of the Wasps
I wonder where we crossed
I wonder where she lost me
Lost Madonna of the Wasps
She's dying in the frost
I wonder what she cost me

Is this love?
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 thewiseking wrote:

love that off key Punky vocalizing. Keith Richards started that, ya know...




Huh. And here I was thinking all these years that Richards was just not that good of a singer.
chinaki posted:- “Been catching his shows for nearly 40 years. He's playing the tiniest venue ever this May, the Jammin' Java cafe in Vienna, Va. just ten minutes from my home. Of course I have tix at the stage edge front and center. Posted 7 months ago by chinaski from NJ > DC > VA > TX > VA” Hope you saw him.......good?
Robyn made "Ted, Woody and Junior", one of the best 80's songs
 el_samo wrote:
 any relation to tim booth // james ? similar vocal sound !?! (or I could be having more aural hallucinations) SFS
 
Similar enough I came back to check it wasn't James
 bstevens1951 wrote:
Could it be you?
 

tutakea wrote:
there are about 2 million perfect songs from robyn hitchcock (incl. his various bands & incarnations) out in the world. and about 10 songs which are really average or uninteresting.
what puzzles me is that all the songs played here belong to the second group, imho.
is there some dark magic working that prevents all the millions of GOOD songs hitchcock published to be played here?

 

Interesting comment....I feel there are about 5 RH songs I detest (like Ant Corridor), and I'm wondering what your list of 10 average songs includes?
 

 bluejay08003 wrote:
I love this 80s vibe... From Pretenders "Back on the Chain Gang" to REM's "Can't Get There From Here" to 80s-ish Shins and Jayhawks. All good things come to an end... Rufus Wainwright's "Hallelujah" came after station ID, but ... Eh.
 
All good things do come to an end, eventually, but fortunately, RH still writing and performing at a good clip!
Been catching his shows for nearly 40 years. He's playing the tiniest venue ever this May, the Jammin' Java cafe in Vienna, Va. just ten minutes from my home. Of course I have tix at the stage edge front and center.
 terrapin52 wrote:
I like this.  She sounds like Curve.
 

She is a he.
Great work, will never get tired of it.
I love this 80s vibe... From Pretenders "Back on the Chain Gang" to REM's "Can't Get There From Here" to 80s-ish Shins and Jayhawks. All good things come to an end... Rufus Wainwright's "Hallelujah" came after station ID, but ... Eh.
"Is this love?"
YES! Outstanding. 
love that off key Punky vocalizing. Keith Richards started that, ya know...
 muse_Kidd wrote:
One of the most obscure painters of earwax.

 
Earwax used to be one of the ingredients used when gilding illuminated manuscripts.....
Could it be you?
 

tutakea wrote:
there are about 2 million perfect songs from robyn hitchcock (incl. his various bands & incarnations) out in the world. and about 10 songs which are really average or uninteresting.
what puzzles me is that all the songs played here belong to the second group, imho.
is there some dark magic working that prevents all the millions of GOOD songs hitchcock published to be played here?

 


Ah...the 80's.
there are about 2 million perfect songs from robyn hitchcock (incl. his various bands & incarnations) out in the world. and about 10 songs which are really average or uninteresting.
what puzzles me is that all the songs played here belong to the second group, imho.
is there some dark magic working that prevents all the millions of GOOD songs hitchcock published to be played here?
A great tune from the ole' college rock/post-modern rock days. Awesome jangly guitar.
 

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 muse_Kidd wrote:
One of the most obscure painters of earwax.
 
I think Robyn would approve of this post.
Such a wonderful song. I wish RP would play more Hitchcock—maybe some of the less played tunes. But happy to hear any...
Love this song! Thank you!
boppin' around the room thank you, RH's voice perks me up
I like this.  She sounds like Curve.
That CD cover definitely dates the album. That style of public phone box went out of use a good decade or more ago, replaced by BT-style glass boxes. For that matter, public phone boxes are steadily disappearing with the advent of mobile phones...
 isayhoomhom wrote:
One of my favorite albums from college. Globe of Frogs and Eye are also excellent from that period.
 
Faves also.

...love the opening...
Saw him perform a few months ago for an Indi Film Festival.  There was a winning film that used one of his songs for the theme.  He is very gifted.

 muse_Kidd wrote:
One of the most obscure painters of earwax.
 
Huh?

One of my favorite albums from college. Globe of Frogs and Eye are also excellent from that period.
One of the most obscure painters of earwax.
 HarrO wrote:
For some bizarre reason this tune always reminds me of Madeline Kahn singing "I'm So Tired" in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles".
 

That is a bizarre connection! But thanks for the memory and the laugh, anyway! (...They keep coming, and going and coming and going and coming, but always too fast!)
Catch Robin live, you won't be disappointed!

For some bizarre reason this tune always reminds me of Madeline Kahn singing "I'm So Tired" in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles".
 fartybreath wrote:

Looks like a lot of people like this guy, could it be that he stole his sound from a really talented Australian band called The Church?
The beginning of the song is almost identical to one of The Church tracks.
Is there no originality left?
 
Looking for the church connection - but Robyn is an original and I don't think he or the Church can be accused of that. Although the do both have similarities, at least with this song, not all by any means.

Great song, but even better version, less produced and more solo, on Obliteration Pie
Mari wrote:
right away ... ... howzat?
I don't think the uploader can make corrections once it's been loaded into the main playlist - only Bill or Rebecca can control those listings.
Mari wrote:
right away ... ... howzat?
No change...still says only Robyn Hitchcock...
biggeorge wrote:
Loved listening to album 88 88.5 on the fm dial back in atlanta, they played all mid late 80's new wave. I believe it was the Georgia State college station.
Correct. I spent 6 years at GSU in pursuit of a 4 yr. degree. Go Panthers!
Dahnyul wrote:
Great point. I get a little hint of Guadalcanal Diary when I hear this. Funny how such a concentration of great talent in a brief time came out of a small pocket of geography. Yes, Mr. Hitchcock doesn't come from there, but your point is well taken.
Peter Buck plays guitar on that track.
Loved listening to album 88 88.5 on the fm dial back in atlanta, they played all mid late 80's new wave. I believe it was the Georgia State college station.
plutodazed wrote:
Excellent Athens, GA sound, and I don't even know if they are from Georgia. :ask: :question: :sunny:
Great point. I get a little hint of Guadalcanal Diary when I hear this. Funny how such a concentration of great talent in a brief time came out of a small pocket of geography. Yes, Mr. Hitchcock doesn't come from there, but your point is well taken.
Always loved this song. Remember seeing the video on MTV's 120 Minutes back in the day.
earthbased wrote:
Shouldn't the "Artist" read "Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians"?
MM_Prague wrote:
Yes it should...perhaps the uploader could correct this...?
right away ... ... howzat?
earthbased wrote:
Shouldn't the "Artist" read "Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians"?
Yes it should...perhaps the uploader could correct this...?
Four-Five wrote:
Madonner of the Wasps...
He's English. They add a "R" to words that end in "A" for some reason. I love to listen to KCRW-FM, Santa Monica, California, weekday mornings for "Morning Comes Eceletic". The DJ, Nick Harcourt, who is English, always says Santa Monicar. And being English, they should know. :lol:
Four-Five wrote:
Madonner of the Wasps...
Shouldn't it be W.A.S.P.s?
my friend worked with guy for a year on tour
Shouldn't the "Artist" read "Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians"?
ryuujin23 wrote:
Actually, Robyn started in a Band called The Soft Boys in 1976 where as The Church was founded in 1980. Perhaps they formulated their sound after him... :think:
I tried to upload some Soft Boys classics from Underwater Moonlight a while back, but they all got rejected straight off...but it's good to hear this song, I saw Robyn with the Egyptians for the first time in 1989 in Toronto, after this album came out...great concert! I also had the luck to see a Soft Boys gig on the reunion tour at the Horseshoe...about 5 years ago... :good-vibes:
Excellent Athens, GA sound, and I don't even know if they are from Georgia. :ask: :question: :sunny:
fartybreath wrote:
Looks like a lot of people like this guy, could it be that he stole his sound from a really talented Australian band called The Church? The beginning of the song is almost identical to one of The Church tracks. Is there no originality left?
Actually, Robyn started in a Band called The Soft Boys in 1976 where as The Church was founded in 1980. Perhaps they formulated their sound after him... :think:
Quite enjoyable to hear this number... I second the request for Balloon Man.
Madonner of the Wasps...
fartybreath wrote:
Looks like a lot of people like this guy, could it be that he stole his sound from a really talented Australian band called The Church? The beginning of the song is almost identical to one of The Church tracks. Is there no originality left?
actually, he's lifting from the byrds. who were way before the church. and mr. hitchcock has a very diverse cataloge. this song of his, is the only one i can think of that sounds this way. don't get me wrong, i really like the church, because they've borrowed from some pretty talented groups before them.
Looks like a lot of people like this guy, could it be that he stole his sound from a really talented Australian band called The Church? The beginning of the song is almost identical to one of The Church tracks. Is there no originality left?
drH wrote:
Rickenbacker, isn't it? And this may well be Pete Buck on the jangly guitar.
yes it's BYRDSY!
Is this love? Lost Madonna of the Wasps, I wonder where we crossed I wonder why she lost me- Lost Madonna of the Wasps, she's lying in the frost I wonder what she cost me- Is this love? Gone Madonna of the swans, she waves a magic wand And then she settles on me Wise Madonna of the Flies, I look into her eyes And then she recognize me- Is this love? Lost Madonna of the Wasps, I wonder where we crossed I wonder where she lost me- Lost Madonna of the Wasps, she's dying in the frost I wonder what she cost me- Is this love?
One can never get enough Robyn Hitchcock...one of the highlights of my interst in music was sitting in on the filming of Storefront Hitchcock. He's a real original...channeling Syd and Lennon and others...looking forward to hearing a few things from his new album with Gillian Welch and the Nashville crowd.
Boosiewolf wrote:
I LOVED him when he first came out, and it's great to hear this particular song again--with its Byrds/REM-like guitar (a Gretch?). Do you have Balloonman too? He's definitely "eclectic-worthy."
Rickenbacker, isn't it? And this may well be Pete Buck on the jangly guitar.
d3 wrote:
:notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :clap: you just don't hear enough robyn hitchcock on the radio thanks
I LOVED him when he first came out, and it's great to hear this particular song again--with its Byrds/REM-like guitar (a Gretch?). Do you have Balloonman too? He's definitely "eclectic-worthy."
any relation to tim booth // james ? similar vocal sound !?! (or I could be having more aural hallucinations) SFS
Just so yummy. I love him.
This is why I love rp. So many tunes from the past 10-20 yrs. that come back and bring great memories. Love Robyn. Hadn't thought to play him in years. Keep him coming!
Wuss music.....
Originally Posted by d3: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :clap: you just don't hear enough robyn hitchcock on the radio thanks
Maybe so, but on RadioParadise, it seems that we hear him every day! It's a pretty cool song, but oh, does it get stuck in my head! :frustrated: Let's give it a rest for a week or two, okay? Please?
Dare I say it... I\'d love to hear \"Ted, Woody and Junior\".
He\'s got that Ray Davis kinda nonchalance in his voice, which I like a lot, when the song is OK and this one is.
ehhh. its nothing i would want to have to hear again, really.
still one of most favorites, you know. you know, i\'ve been paying more attention to the british dialect lately, you know. and i discovered that words that end with an \"a\", they add a \"r\". you know. so explains the madonnar, you know. you know, i\'m so glad we americans have a better command of the english language, you know. i mean, basicly.