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Robert Wyatt - Old Rottenhat mp3 album

  • Performer: Robert Wyatt
  • Title: Old Rottenhat
  • Genre: Electronic / Rock
  • Country: UK & Europe
  • Released: 1985
  • Style: Art Rock
  • MP3 album: 1289 mb
  • FLAC album: 1417 mb
  • Rating: 4.1/5
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Robert Wyatt - Old Rottenhat mp3 album

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.

He went back to writing his own material for this album, after having focused on eclectic "covers" in the early '80s, with fair success. It's perhaps an even moodier outing than usual for Wyatt, his melancholia amplified by the foggy, spooky keyboards. It was reissued on CD in 1990 as half of Compilation, which also includes the entirety of Nothing Can Stop Us.

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 ‎(LP, Album, Gat). ROUGH 69. UK & Europe. Old Rottenhat ‎(CD, Album, RE). Hannibal Records.

By: Robert Wyatt (1985, Electronic). More albums from Robert Wyatt: .. For The Ghosts Within´ by Robert Wyatt. The Animals Film by Robert Wyatt. Nothing Can Stop Us by Robert Wyatt. Astrodome by Robert Wyatt. Comicopera by Robert Wyatt. Radio Experiment Rome, February 1981 by Robert Wyatt. Shleep by Robert Wyatt. View all albums . Old Rottenhat. By: Robert Wyatt (1985, Electronic).


A1 Alliance 4:24
A2 United States Of Amnesia 5:50
A3 East Timor 2:52
A4 Speechless 3:37
A5 The Age Of Self 2:50
A6 Vandalusia 2:44
B1 The British Road 6:23
B2 Mass Medium 4:43
B3 Gharbzadegi 7:54
B4 P.L.A. (Poor Little Alfie) 2:31


  • Design – Caryn Gough
  • Engineer – Bill Gilonis
  • Keyboards, Piano, Percussion, Vocals – Robert Wyatt
  • Painting [Cover Paintings] – Alfreda Benge
  • Vocals – Alfreda Benge (tracks: B3)


For Michael Bettany.
Thanks to Charles Gray and Vicky Aspinall for invaluable help and advice and thanks Duncan.
Includes insert.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ROUGH 69 Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Rough Trade ROUGH 69 UK & Europe 1985
HNCD 1434 Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat ‎(CD, Album, RE) Hannibal Records HNCD 1434 UK 2004
VACK-1141 Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat ‎(CD, Album, RE) Hannibal Records VACK-1141 Japan 1998
VDP-5081 Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat ‎(CD, Album, RE) Rough Trade VDP-5081 Japan 1987
REWIGCD43, REWIGCD43J, HSE-10081 Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat ‎(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Domino, Domino, Hostess Entertainment Unlimited REWIGCD43, REWIGCD43J, HSE-10081 Japan 2014

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