Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hugh Cornwell: "Why can't the Stranglers Say Something Nice about Me?"

Talking backstage after the show at the Blender on Staurday, Hugh Cornwell said he is no longer in contact with his old band members from the Stranglers. Though Cornwell as well as the remaining Stranglers still tour and play some of their old material, they have not performed together since 1990. No chance for reconciliation and a reunion? "I'm just waiting for them to finally say something nice about me, you know?" Hugh told me. "Why can't they ever say something positive about me?". In the meantime, Hugh is proud of his new band and his new found lust for rock.
Cornwell has always been a gutsy guy: He left the safe career of teaching for the rocky path of punk rock, flirted with global success and horrible funk, got out of the Stranglers and went solo. He still gets Toni Visconti to produce his album, but almost nobody to buy them. (They do have great moments, though. See a review of his newest CD, "Beyond Elysian Fields," on the right sideline of this blog).

What Cornwell, opening for "From the Jam" in New York did, was very courageous: As a trio, Cornwell, a girl on bass and a maniac drummer, they went through old Stranglers material as if Greenfield's keyboards weren't an integral part of the Stranglers, and showed that Cornwell's songs indeed easily stand the test of time. Hurrahs for Hanging Around, Down in the Sewer and Get A Grip. The tough man also stayed away from the sugary Stranglers stuff like Golden Brown and Always the Sun. Bravo.
Then again, asked, if he gave the new Stranglers LP "Suite XVI" a listen, Cornwell replied with a disinterested "No." He should, and maybe say something nice about it.


Maddie McEwen said...

Interesting article and nice blog, something really serious must have happened for the rift to go on this long.

If you like Hugh, then this may interest / vaguely amuse you.


Anonymous said...

SIMPLE AND OBVIOUS why the "Stranglers" have nothing good to say about Hugh, I heard of their stuff and they are no Stranglers, but pop "stars" HUGH CORNWELL was the Stranglers; the real strangler!!! HUGH was this "prophet", this "light", this "speaker of thruth" and of course a good musician, that used/uses the music to reach the most people he could/can cause he had/has something to say!!! The today's band that calls themself "the Stranglers" know all of this, because its the truth and they are jealous...Tey just have the looks and the name but they will never be, what died when HUGH left; THE STRANGLERS!!! Whoever, of these "charlatans", really talks down Hugh, can disapear into the potter's ground ;)

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