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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . Old Rottenhat" is the 4th full-length studio album by UK progressive rock artist Robert Wyatt (excluding the soundtrack album "The Animals Film (1982)" and the compilation album "Nothing Can Stop Us (1982)". The album was released through Rough Trade in 1985.
Old Rottenhat (LP, Album, Gat). ROUGH 69. UK & Europe. Old Rottenhat (CD, Album, RE). Hannibal Records. It was released in 1985. In 1993 it was reissued in its entirety as part of the CD Mid-Eighties. All instruments and voices provided by Robert Wyatt. The album is dedicated to Michael Bettany.
|A2||The U.S. Of Amnesia|
|A5||The Age Of Self|
|B1||The British Road|
|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|