After the stripped-back collection I Often Dream of Trains
, Robyn Hitchcock
slowly formed a backing band called the Egyptians
with ex-Soft Boys Andy Metcalfe
and Morris Windsor
, and keyboardist Roger Jackson
over the course of the next year. Fegmania!
, the Egyptians
' first album, was a distinct departure from both the Soft Boys
's previous solo work, featuring layered, intertwining guitars and keyboards that created lush and thick sonic textures. Even with the more detailed arrangements, the songs remained twitchy and off-kilter, with melodies that usually went in willfully unpredictable directions, yet remained catchy all the while. Fegmania!
's most consistent work to date, featuring such highlights as the Eastern-tinged "Egyptian Cream," and the creepy "My Wife & My Dead Wife," and the relatively straightforward "The Man with the Lightbulb Head." [In 2008 Yep Roc released a new version of Fegmania that included the original album re-mastered, eight bonus cuts (three of which were previously unavailable) and expanded packaging.]