Robyn Hitchcock – So You Think You’re In Love —- Power Pop Friday

Jangly Byrd like guitars attracted me to this and the sixties vibe. Peter Buck helps Robyn out on this song.

Robyn started his career in a 1972 London Art School with a band called The Beetles. In 1976 he started The Soft Boys and they went on to release  A Can of Bees (1979) and Underwater Moonlight (1980). Robyn influence bands such as R.E.M. and The Replacements.

In 1981 released his first solo album Black Snake Diamond Röle. Robyn never had much chart success but continues to influence other artists.

So You Think You’re In Love was on the Perspex Island album that was released in 1991. Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. That is a great description.

Robyn released his 21st album in 2017.

So You Think You’re In Love

So you think you’re in love
Yes, you probably are
But you wanna be straight about it
Oh, you wanna be straight about it now

So you think you’re in love
Yes, you probably are
But you wanna be straight about it
Oh, you wanna be straight about it now

Can you imagine what the people say?Can you?
But the silent majority is the crime of the century
You know it

Are you sure that it’s wise?
No, you probably ain’t
You don’t wanna be faint about it
Oh, you shouldn’t be faint about it now

By the look in your eyes
No, you probably ain’t
But you shouldn’t be faint about it
Oh, you gotta be faint about it now

What is love made of?
Nobody knows
What are you afraid of?
Everyone knows
It’s love
It’s love

So you think you’re in love
Yes, you probably are
But you wanna be straight about it
Oh, you gotta be straight about it now

So you think you’re in love
Yes, you probably are
But you wanna be straight about it
Oh, you gotta be straight about it now

So you think you’re in love
Yeah

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

27 thoughts on “Robyn Hitchcock – So You Think You’re In Love —- Power Pop Friday”

  1. His album “ I Often Dream Of Trains” from 1984 is also interesting. Robyn Hitchcock lives in Nashville today. He released a new album a few years ago. “I Want To Tell You About What I Want” – sounds very relaxed and pretty. It’s a shame that the man since decades stays under most people’s radar.

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    1. I’m still wondering how he missed the spotlight. I’ve always been drawn to these artists. This song could be Nick Lowe…not that Lowe is a superstar but he is known.

      Thanks I’ll give that a listen.

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  2. I’ve heard this before, but I didn’t know who it was…I thought it was Nick Lowe, or Dave Edmonds or one of the other Rockpile guys. I really like it…like you say, it’s got the jangly guitar and there’s an acerbic edge to it. Cool.

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    1. I’ve heard bits of him through the years…He does remind me of Nick Lowe…I’ve been thinking…who does he remind me of? Thank you!

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  3. An interesting guy and a talented writer… shame he never got his due commercially… “Balloon Man” is about only song I remember hearing of his on radio, and even that was only a marginal hit. He and Buck and I think Mike Mills worked together in a band called Hindu Love gods, which despite the REM connection was even more obscure than Hitchcock himself.

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    1. Oh yes! I was going to post a song by the Hindu Love Gods…Wasn’t Warren Zevon in that?

      I don’t know why Hitchcock has missed some kind of fame. The bands we like…like him but the public doesn’t know.

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      1. Yea I knew I remembered Zevon but wasn’t sure about Hitchcock.
        He was another big influence for Westerberg.

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    1. That is what I was thinking…I knew he reminded me of someone and today someone mentioned NIck Lowe…that was it. I could hear Lowe doing this song.
      I’ve heard a bit of Hitchcock through the years.

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      1. I’ve heard his name enough that I should have heard his music too. Strange how that happens. After I wrote the mention of Nick Lowe, I read through the other comments and saw that I’m not alone in connecting him to Lowe. I’m not surprised. It’s quite a resemblance.

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      2. He must have a pretty good cult following…you don’t get to 21 albums without some audience. Funny that none of his songs hit.

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  4. I went through a wee spell a few years ago of listening to loads of his stuff. Soft Boys through to a bunch of his solo albums. His self-titled album from 2017 is particularly good.

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    1. I’ve heard bits and pieces of him through the years. It’s a head-scratcher to me on why he wasn’t known more…
      I’m going to go through more of his music.

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      1. Yeah, he has definitely been overlooked. When I first heard him I didn’t get why he isn’t spoken about more often or widely.

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