Globe of Frogs

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Globe of Frogs
Studio album by Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians
Released 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Rock
Length 36:07
Label A&M
Producer Pat Collier, Robyn Hitchcock, Andy Metcalfe, Morris Windsor
Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

Globe of Frogs is the seventh album released by Robyn Hitchcock and his fourth with his backing band The Egyptians, released on A&M Records in 1988. Made in London, it was recorded by the Egyptians (Robyn Hitchcock, Andy Metcalfe, and Morris Windsor) along with Pat Collier, and emerged as the group's debut after signing to major label A&M.

The album features Peter Buck (from R.E.M.) guesting on guitar as well as Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook dueting with HItchcock on "Flesh Number One (Beatle Dennis)". Frequent Hitchcock collaborator Chris Cox also appears.

The album also includes the minor college radio hit "Balloon Man". The single reached #1 on Gavin Report's Alternative music chart.[3]

Despite this, when asked if he hated any of his own songs in an AV Club interview in 2013, Hitchcock said it was a song he'd "be happy to never hear again, although I do like the money I get from the royalties.".

"Chinese Bones" has proved perhaps the most durable from the album, becoming one of Hitchcock's more frequently performed concert numbers.

The album was packaged in dark green, with one of Hitchcock's paintings on the front. The sleeve notes consist of his 'manifesto' in which Hitchcock advocates 'the organic' as opposed to the big business of 'insanity' and implores listeners to bury their televisions:

"All of us exist in a swarming, pulsating world, driven mostly by an unconscious that we ignore and misunderstand. Within the framework of „civilisation” we remain as savage as possible. Against the dense traffic of modern life, we fortify our animal selves with video violence, imaginary sex, and music…but our inflamed and disoriented psyches smoulder on beneath the wet leaves of habit."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tropical Flesh Mandala"
  2. "Vibrating"
  3. "Balloon Man"
  4. "Luminous Rose"
  5. "Sleeping with Your Devil Mask"
  6. "Unsettled"
  7. "Chinese Bones"
  8. "A Globe of Frogs"
  9. "The Shapes Between Us Turn into Animals"
  10. "Flesh Number One (Beatle Dennis)"


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Robins, Wayne (1998-02-07), "Robyn Hitchcock: A View From Rock's Underground", Newsday, archived from the original on 2012-02-07  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)