My Top 1000 Songs #301: Heaven

[I've been writing up my Top 1000 songs on a daily basis--you can see them all in descending order by hitting the All My Favorite Songs tag.]

It was hearing Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians' 1985 LP Fegmania, and the single "Heaven," that first turned me on to the skewed indie pop glory of Robyn Hitchcock. I quickly worked backwards, poring over all the music he'd previously released (as a solo artist and, before that, with the Soft Boys); and I've kept up with everything he's released since (no mean feat given his endurance as a purveyor of consistently fine music). But "Heaven" remains a favorite. Shaving off some of his more eccentric tendencies, it's a straightforward pop song, with jangly guitars and a beefy rhythm section and tasteful keyboards and a soaring chorus, retaining a touch of Hitchcock's absurdist whimsy yet the sort of thing that should have been a huge radio hit if we lived in a sane universe.

Live in 1985:
Solo acoustic 2018: