Robert Scott may well go down in history as the man who has written the most pop songs ever, in his property as a member of The Clean, of The Bats, or of The Magick Heads, as a solo artist or collaborating with various other artists. Gritty Post-Punk, bitter-sweet Folk, or dreamy Pop: the prolific songwriter, singer, guitarist and bass player is at home in quite different musical worlds. Nonetheless, his compositions are always as distinctive as his singing and they are all unmistakable Robert Scott songs that gel together, their varying temporal or contextual origins notwithstanding.
It isn’t easy to keep track of Robert Scott’s immense output. Not only has Scott released a great number of official albums, he has also contributed to various, hard to find compilations and is selling even more of his music on naturally rare CDRs at concerts or as downloads on Bandcamp.
RePort is a selection of 21 not-so-famous Robert Scott songs quite a few of which not many people may know. The tape features cover art by Robert Scott himself and content-wise some unexpected cover versions: The Magick Heads’ When I kissed the Teacher is originally by ABBA, Stop and Smell the Roses is by the TV Personalities, and Party of the Mind is a song by London Post-Punk legend The Sound. Stop and Smell the Roses, The Clue, and Tuis are hitherto unreleased tracks. Robert Scott, whose father emigrated from Scotland to NZ in the fifties, has also recorded two Robert Burns songs for Zelle Records’ Burns compilations, both of which, Green Grow the Rashes O and My Bonie Bell, are here. The latter is as yet unreleased.