Fegmania!

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Fegmania!
Studio album by Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians
Released March 1985
Recorded Alaska Studios
Genre Rock
Length 73:54
Label Midnight Music
Slash
Rhino
YepRoc
Producer Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians chronology
I Often Dream of Trains
(1984)
Fegmania!
(1985)
Element of Light
(1986)
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Fegmania! is a 1985 album by Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians.

Fegmania! was Hitchcock's first album with his new backing group, the Egyptians, which included the former Soft Boys Andy Metcalfe and Morris Windsor.

"The Man with the Lightbulb Head" was conceived on Archway Road in London and provided a springboard for Hitchcock's first attempt at film making for a promotional video. Stills from the video were reproduced as cover art for the front and back of the LP sleeve.

The album was quickly followed by the live album, Gotta Let This Hen Out!, much of which was recorded on the Egyptians' tour in support of Fegmania!

Eight bonus tracks were added to the subsequent Rhino CD reissue of the album, including an acoustic demo of "Insect Mother" which had been recorded for possible inclusion in the earlier I Often Dream of Trains, and "The Pit of Souls", a lengthy psychedelic instrumental in several 'movements'. Two alternative versions of "Egyptian Cream" appear as bonus tracks.

The 2008 YepRoc reissue added seven bonus track to the original album. Unlike the Rhino reissue, "The Pit of Souls" is the full "I-IV" version. The outro which previously appeared as a hidden track after "Heaven" is now included as a separate, twelfth untitled song. This reissue was also included in the retrospective Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians boxset Luminous Groove.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Robyn Hitchcock except as indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Egyptian Cream" – 3:33
  2. "Another Bubble" – 2:46
  3. "I'm Only You" – 4:28
  4. "My Wife & My Dead Wife" – 4:19
  5. "Goodnight I Say" – 3:14

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Man with the Lightbulb Head" – 3:05
  2. "Insect Mother" – 1:54
  3. "Strawberry Mind" – 2:50
  4. "Glass" – 3:12
  5. "The Fly" – 3:50
  6. "Heaven" – 4:41

Midnight CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Bells of Rhymney" (Idris Davies, Pete Seeger) – 3:30 (single)
  2. "Dwarfbeat" – 3:00 (b-side from "Heaven" single)
  3. "Some Body" – 3:24 (b-side from "Heaven" single)

Rhino CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Bells of Rhymney" (Idris Davies, Pete Seeger) – 3:30
  2. "Dwarfbeat" – 3:00
  3. "Some Body" – 3:24
  4. "Egyptian Cream" [Demo] – 4:35
  5. "Heaven" [Live]
  6. "Insect Mother" [Demo] – 4:53
  7. "Egyptian Cream" [Live]
  8. "The Pit of Souls [Parts I-IV]" – 1:41

YepRoc CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Bells of Rhymney" (Idris Davies, Pete Seeger) – 3:30
  2. "Some Body" – 3:20
  3. "Heaven [Live]" – 4:55
  4. "The Pit of Souls [I-IV]" – 9:59
  5. "The Drowning Church" – 3:12
  6. "The Man with the Lightbulb Head [Instrumental]" – 2:52
  7. "Lady Obvious" – 3:21

Note: "Dwarfbeat" was dropped from this release.

Personnel[edit]

  • Robyn Hitchcock - vocals, guitars, bass guitar on "The Man with the Lightbulb Head"
  • Morris Windsor - drums
  • Andy Metcalfe - bass guitar, keyboards on "I'm Only You", "My Wife & My Dead Wife", "Goodnight I Say", "Insect Mother" and "Heaven"
  • Roger Jackson - keyboards on "Strawberry Mind", "Glass", "The Fly" and "Heaven"
  • John Kingham - drums on "The Man with the Lightbulb Head"