Sex, Food, Death and Tarantulas is the new EP from Robyn Hitchcock, the auteur of the highly-acclaimed album Ole! Tarantula, contains six live unreleased tracks including the Soft Boys classic, "Give It to the Soft Boys," Hitchcock solo gems like "Sometimes a Blonde," and the Venus 3's "(A Man's Got to Know His Limitations )Briggs." Also included is two videos for "Adventure Rocketship" from Ole! Tarantula - one live action video and a wistful stop motion animation rendering. In addition to the these extras overflowing from the Ole! Tarantula sessions and tour, keep an eye out for a documentary profiling the psych-popster to air on the Sundance channel which will debut at the SXSW film festival.
Release Date: March 6, 2007.
When you preorder the EP(Through the YepRoc
online store), you'll get 3 bonus MP3s - "Luckiness," an unreleased song by Robyn Hitchcock, a live version of The Minus 5 song, "Cigarettes, Coffee and Booze" performed by Scott McCaughey, and the old traditional song "Copper Kettle."Tracks
1. Ole! Tarantula
2. The Afterlight (Live)
3. Sally Was A Legend (Live)
4. Queen of Eyes (Live)
5. Sometimes A Blonde (Live)
6. Briggs (Live)
7. Give It To The Soft Boys (Live)a special note from Robyn...
The Crocodile in Seattle is a favourite venue of us all. Peter and Scott rendezvous'd there in the mid 90's, I soon joined them, and Bill first played with me there in 2002. We've all played there many times - this gig was my 15th show there, probably. There's no substitute for the Crocodile. Jim Anderson the soundman has pretty much figured out all there is to know about us, in terms of sound.
It's a small room with no great natural reverb, so the Jim adds effects, they aren't thrust upon him by reflective surfaces. I usually skulk in the kitchen, or go and smoke in the meat safe until it's time to go onstage. Now that it's illegal to smoke in most places, you have be more inventive; I don't particularly like cigarettes, but the whole thing is a challenge. Even marijuana is more acceptable than tobacco these days - I swear if an airline pilot was caught stoned he'd get off lighter than if he'd been found smoking a Marlboro.
It wasn't always like this. Go back to 'Magnum Force', the second Dirty Harry Movie, and you'll see Clint Eastwood and all the S.F.P.D. cops de-briefing in a room thick with their own cigarette smoke. And ash. Ash from their own smoky caskets, you might add - but the S.F.P.D. ran risks from without and within. 'Magnum Force' concerns itself with a deviant strain of motorcycle cops who pursue their idea of justice by carrying out vigilante killings on mobsters, pimps, and drug dealers who have evaded judicial law. Heading them up is Briggs, who features in the live version of 'A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations, Briggs' on the live CD at the Croc. And a man obviously does - but where are these limitations? In the meat safe? Outside on 2nd Avenue? In the bulletproof vests of the wise virgins?
The Venus 3 and I don't know the answers, but we're sure as hell gonna ask the questions. Thanks for listening!