Song of the Day, September 24: The President by Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians

HitchcockPresidentToday’s song is a scathing look at 80s geopolitics. After a couple of solo albums, Robyn Hitchcock sidelined his solo career to reunite with some old Soft Boys colleagues, creating his new band, the Egyptians. Their second album is the magnificent Element of Light, a standout in his long career. Mostly recorded at Alaska studios, two songs were recorded live at the BBC.

One of that pair is The President. The live recording gives it an urgency well-suited to its theme. Hitchcock describes US President Ronald Reagan’s visit to Bitburg, Germany, a famous WWII burial site. Reflecting British skepticism of the cowboy actor’s skill as a world leader, Hitchcock dissects the visit with his trademark wit and some nice post-punk rage. The Egyptians are definitely on board, snarling along behind him with energy reminiscent of their Soft Boys days.

He’s the President of Europe and he’s talking to the dead
They’re the only ones who’ll listen or believe a word he’s said.

Enjoy this nice bit of commentary today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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