Wyatt says, The phrase ‘old rottenhat’ is a West London one which she (Painter and Wyatt’s wife Alfreda Benge) picked up in her childhood. Old Rottenhat is similar to Old Hat meaning old fashioned. Old Rottenhat Q&A. Producers Robert Wyatt. Writers Robert Wyatt. More Robert Wyatt albums. Show all albums by Robert Wyatt.
Robert Wyatt's first album of new material in a decade was something of a mixed blessing. Like the subsequent Dondestan this is a completely solo work, aside from a brief vocal from his wife Alfreda Benge. As with most of his 80s work, the songs are explicitly political and reflect his hard line left wing views, and the lyrics are both erudite and witty.
In 1985 Wyatt released Old Rottenhat, his first album of original songs since Rock Bottom. The album featured strongly political songs with relatively sparse arrangements played largely by Wyatt alone. In the late 1980s, after collaborations with other acts such as News from Babel, Scritti Politti, and Japanese recording artist Ryuichi Sakamoto, he and his wife Alfreda Benge spent a sabbatical in Spain, before returning in 1991 with a comeback album Dondestan. The verb "Wyatting" appeared in some blogs and music magazines to describe the practice of playing unusual tracks, in particular songs from Wyatt's album Dondestan, on a pub jukebox to annoy the other pub goers.
Old Rottenhat is the fourth studio album by Robert Wyatt. It was released in November 1985, and in 1993 it was reissued in its entirety as part of the CD Mid-Eighties. The album was produced and performed solo by Wyatt, and is dedicated to Michael Bettaney, a UK MI5 intelligence officer who in 1984 was convicted for acting as an agent-in-place for the Soviet Union. All songs written by Robert Wyatt. The United States of Amnesia" – 5:50.
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Robert Wyatt – who turns 70 tomorrow – may have retired, but his work permeates so many strands of culture that he’s more influential today than ever. Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip is such a fan that he wrote the press release for Wyatt’s most recent solo album, 2007’s Comicopera. What’s particularly remarkable is that Wyatt has achieved all this while scoring only two top-40 hits, neither of which he wrote himself. There was I’m A Believer, written by Neil Diamond and made famous by the Monkees, in 1974, and then Shipbuilding, written for Wyatt by Elvis Costello and the producer Clive Langer, and released in the wake of the Falklands war. He hasn’t played a headline gig since 1974. Many happy returns, Old Rottenhat.