Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians Gotta Let This Hen Out Covers




Never mind the fact that this was a mind-blowing live album. Robyn Hitchcock's Gotta Let This Hen Out! was a brilliantly conceived project, from front to back and from side to side. The cover illustration alone is worth the price. The music inside has never gotten old or musty on me. I think I have had this since at least 1987 or so. I remember that it came out with the Fegmania album and I have owned both of those without shame or remorse since being brought into the cult of Robyn Hitchcock.

The lettering style is wonderful as well. Everything about this album has an independent sensibility and if you're looking for a reason why this kind of music was so vital in the 1980s, look no further than this terrific album. In the context of 1986, music was bland, overproduced, over-commercialized, and devoid of any warmth or sentiment. Album covers were done with scissors and glue and garish colors. Now, imagine seeing this in LP format (which I still have). I can't really describe the difference that the album version makes as opposed to the CD format (seen above).

Robyn's artwork glows from the cardboard, luminous and pulsing. The cover image is so unique and surreal that it can't really even be described.

I have numerous releases from the old (and I believe completely and utterly defunct) Midnight Music label. They always did an interesting thing with the graphics and images and text on the things they put out. They had a very distinctive style.