Olé! Tarantula

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Olé! Tarantula
Studio album by
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3
ReleasedOctober 3, 2006
GenreAlternative rock
LabelYep Roc
ProducerKurt Bloch
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 chronology
Olé! Tarantula
Goodnight Oslo
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. ClubB[2]
The Phoenix3.5/4 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media7.6/10[4]
PopMatters8/10 stars[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[7]
Stylus MagazineB[8]

Olé! Tarantula is the fifteenth studio album by Robyn Hitchcock, recorded with Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, and Bill Rieflin of Ministry. Together, they are known as Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3. It was recorded in Seattle, Washington, in 2006, the same year of its release.

The album contains ten original compositions, continuing largely in the vein of Hitchcock's Spooked, which was also made in close collaboration with other musicians. Of the tracks, "Adventure Rocket Ship" was pulled for a single and released with an animated promotional video. Several other tracks including "Olé Tarantula" and "(A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs" had been in Hitchcock's live act for some time prior to this release. ("Briggs" had already seen the light of day on Obliteration Pie.) The track "N.Y. Doll" is a eulogy of sorts to Arthur Kane, the New York Dolls bassist who had recently died.

Other guest musicians include former Soft Boys Morris Windsor and Kimberley Rew.

The cover image and internal cartoons are drawn by Hitchcock.

Track list[edit]

All tracks written by Robyn Hitchcock, except where noted.

  1. "Adventure Rocket Ship" – 2:50
  2. "Underground Sun" – 3:57
  3. "Museum of Sex" – 4:00
  4. "Belltown Ramble" – 6:15
  5. "Olé! Tarantula" - 3:51
  6. "(A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs" – 5:34
  7. "Red Locust Frenzy" – 3:00
  8. "'Cause It's Love (Saint Parallelogram)" (lyrics: Hitchcock; music: Hitchcock, Andy Partridge) – 3:23
  9. "The Authority Box" – 4:13
  10. "N.Y. Doll" – 3:45


  1. ^ "Olé! Tarantula - Robyn Hitchcock | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 / Sean Lennon". Music.
  3. ^ "Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 - CD Reviews". June 7, 2016. Archived from the original on June 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3: Olé! Tarantula". Pitchfork.
  5. ^ "Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3: Olé! Tarantula". PopMatters. October 9, 2006.
  6. ^ "Ole! Tarantula : Robyn Hitchcock : Review : Rolling Stone". February 24, 2009. Archived from the original on February 24, 2009.
  7. ^ Newlin, Jimmy. "Review: Robyn Hitchcock, Olé! Tarantula".
  8. ^ "Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 - Olé! Tarantula - Review - Stylus Magazine". March 3, 2016. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.

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