How do I explain who Robyn Hitchcock is to people unfamiliar with his work?
I don't think he has any radio hits to draw upon and I don't think his cameos in the Manchurian Candidate remake were memorable enough to stick with people the way Jonathan Richman's in There's Something About Mary does. I don't want to >have< to refer people to Wikipedia.
You could say a true believer of Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett and Roger McGuinn who is profoundly British Eccentric, a boss guitarist with a jangling Telecaster and deadpan, surrealist humor. Or you could say to think of "Reckoning" by a nutty English guy. But these are words, just like Wikipedia. So go for the other internet gratification:
The "Uncorrected Personality Traits" and "Birds In Perspex" clips that are also listed if you go to the actual page are also well worth checking out. Too bad none of the real promo videos seem to be out there. "So You Think You're In Love" ought to appeal to anyone who'd see it!