Robyn Hitchcock Talks About 1990's Eye and Returning to San Francisco

In 1989, Robyn Hitchcock, England's esteemed man-of-psych-pop, holed up at Hyde Street Studios here in town and laid down a record touched with greatness. This Thursday he holes up at Slim's to play it straight through.

Today, Hitchcock calls his spare, moody Eye “a skeletal predecessor of Britpop,” a record in the spirit of (as he puts it) “David Bowie, the Kinks, or my great musical hero, Syd Barrett.” But Eye — a spiritual sequel to his classic I Often Dream of Trains — is quite literally all Hitchcock: just a delicately fingered acoustic, a cold bustling piano, and his voice, edged yet gentle, whispering heartsick lyrics he says he's just now working out.

Recently, Hitchcock talked to SF Weekly about returning to Eye — and the city in which he recorded it.

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