Robyn Hitchcock’s father was a novelist, painter and cartoonist, so when he decided to pursue music it was done so in part to avoid “male competition.”
“The apple has to role away from the tree to get rain and daylight,” the musician said in a recent interview. “Music has always been my compass.”
Bob Dylan was a profound early influence on Hitchcock as he absorbed an enormous amount of music.” He says Dylan “was like the snake in the Garden of Eden and the Beatles were like Eve.” Dylan, he says, gave them the apple. Others who took a bite include Lou Reed, Van Morrison, David Bowie and himself. Hitchcock says “there were a million Dylan tadpoles but only 20 or 30 Dylan frogs” and includes himself among them.