Groovy Decay

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Groovy Decay
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Studio album by Robyn Hitchcock
Released 1982
Recorded Advision Studios
Genre Rock
Label Albion Records
Combat
Yep Roc
Producer

Steve Hillage

Photography Gavin Cochrane
Robyn Hitchcock chronology
Black Snake Diamond Role
(1981)
Groovy Decay
(1982)
I Often Dream of Trains
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link

Groovy Decay was the second solo album by Robyn Hitchcock, released in 1982. His backing band for the record featured Sara Lee of Gang of Four on bass and Anthony Thistlethwaite of the Waterboys on sax.

Hitchcock refuted claims that he held contempt for the record itself in a 1990 interview. He explained, "The recording of Groovy Decay was a drag, so we released the demos for it and called it Groovy Decoy because it was fractionally different ... I'm quite happy with all of it. I don't sit around wishing I hadn't done it."[1] Groovy Decoy was issued in 1986 with completely different cover art, substituted demo versions of five of the tracks, and a different playing order. A Rhino CD reissue in 1995 incorporated the two sets of tracks together under the title Gravy Deco.

In 2007, Yep Roc Records remastered Groovy Decay and made it available exclusively as a digital download on its website. The download includes the bonus tracks, "How Do You Work this Thing?", "It Was the Night", and "Falling Leaves", as well as demo versions of four of the album's tracks as previously issued on Groovy Decoy. The demo of "Midnight Fish" is the only Groovy Decoy track not included on this re-issue.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Robyn Hitchcock, except as indicated.

Groovy Decay[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Night Ride to Trinidad"
  2. "Fifty Two Stations"
  3. "Young People Scream"
  4. "The Rain"
  5. "America"

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Cars She Used to Drive"
  2. "Grooving on an Inner Plane"
  3. "St. Petersburg"
  4. "When I Was a Kid"
  5. "Midnight Fish" (Hitchcock, Discovert)

1st CD issue bonus tracks (Albion Records 1985)[edit]

  1. "How Do You Work This Thing" - originally B-side to "America" single, 1982
  2. "It Was The Night" - originally B-side to "America" single, 1982

Groovy Decoy (Midnight Records 1986)[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Fifty Two Stations"
  2. "St. Petersburg"
  3. "America"
  4. "Night Ride to Trinidad"
  5. "How Do You Work This Thing"
  6. "The Cars She Used to Drive" (Demo)

Side two[edit]

  1. "It Was The Night"
  2. "Young People Scream" (Demo)
  3. "The Rain" (Demo)
  4. "When I Was a Kid" (Demo)
  5. "Midnight Fish" (Demo)

2nd CD issue bonus tracks (Midnight Records 1986)[edit]

  1. "Grooving On A Inner Plane" (Single version)

Gravy Deco (Rhino Records 1995)[edit]

  1. "The Rain" (Demo)
  2. "The Cars She Used to Drive" (Demo)
  3. "It Was The Night"
  4. "Young People Scream" (Demo)
  5. "How Do You Work This Thing"
  6. "When I Was a Kid" (Demo)
  7. "Midnight Fish" (Demo)
  8. "Night Ride to Trinidad"
  9. "Fifty Two Stations"
  10. "Young People Scream"
  11. "The Rain"
  12. "America"
  13. "The Cars She Used to Drive"
  14. "Grooving on an Inner Plane"
  15. "St. Petersburg"
  16. "When I Was a Kid"
  17. "Midnight Fish"

CD issue bonus tracks (Rhino Records 1995)[edit]

  1. "Night Ride to Trinidad" (Special disco Mix)
  2. "Kingdom Of Love" (Previously Unissued Mix)
Notes: This release has all versions, except "Grooving On A Inner Plane" (Single version) which was moved to "Black Snake Diamond Role".

Download Only version (Yep Roc Records 2007)[edit]

  1. "Night Ride to Trinidad"
  2. "Fifty Two Stations"
  3. "Young People Scream"
  4. "The Rain"
  5. "America"
  6. "The Cars She Used to Drive"
  7. "Grooving on an Inner Plane"
  8. "St. Petersburg"
  9. "When I Was a Kid"
  10. "Midnight Fish"
  11. "How Do You Work this Thing?"
  12. "It Was the Night"
  13. "Falling Leaves" - originally B-side to "The Bells of Rhymney" single, 1984
  14. "The Rain" (Demo)
  15. "The Cars She Used to Drive" (Demo)
  16. "Young People Scream" (Demo)
  17. "When I Was a Kid" (Demo)
Notes:
"Midnight Fish" (Demo) dropped from Yep Roc Release.
"Falling Leaves" also appears on "Invisible Hitchcock" CD

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview with Robyn Hitchcock by Big Beef Productions and South Side Video, October 20th, 1990.