Golden Brown, Strange Little Girl, Always The Sun, Peaches, No More Heroes, Nice & Sleazy…Sound familiar ? All big hits, all great songs, all written and sung by Hugh Cornwell, the songwriter behind The Stranglers.
As leader of The Stranglers, Hugh was the main songwriter of all the band’s most memorable songs across ten stellar albums. Their 1977 debut Rattus Norvegicus – featuring seminal songs Peaches, (Get A) Grip, (On Yourself), and more – follow up albums No More Heroes, Black and White, The Raven and The Gospel According To The Men In Black – which Hugh cites as his favourite Stranglers album – consolidated Cornwell’s stature as a unique songwriter and musician. His lyrics to Golden Brown, from the La Folie album, and their multiple meanings, is a songwriting masterclass with the song reaching number 2 in the UK singles charts. After releasing his final album 10 with the band Hugh embarked on a solo career.
Fast forward to 2022 and Hugh’s latest album Moments of Madness is an album of acute, pithy, and witty observations which has received widespread critical acclaim.
Mojo – “Cornwell’s still doing things his way and often with striking results.” 4/4-star review.
Uncut – “Thunderously tribal garage rock…the ex- Strangler not yet gone soft.”
Vive Le Rock – “a hugely enjoyable journey through the thoughts and musings of one of the most mercurial minds working in modern music.”
Louder Than War – “A late flowering classic from a man that has always known how to write a good tune.”
The Primitives are an English indie rock band from Coventry, best known for their 1988 international hit single “Crash”. Formed in 1984, disbanded in 1992 and reformed in 2009, the band’s two constant members throughout their recording career have been vocalist Tracy Tracy and guitarist Paul Court. Drummer Tig Williams has been a constant member since 1987. Often described as an indie pop or indie rock band, The Primitives’ musical style can also be seen as straddling power pop, new wave and post-punk.
HUGH CORNWELL with very special guests The Primitives – January 2024 UK Tour Dates include:
Wednesday 17 January BURY ST EDMUNDS – Apex
Thursday 18 January NEWCASTLE – Boiler Shop
Friday 19 January GLASGOW – QMU
Saturday 20 January HOLMFIRTH – Picturedrome
Wednesday 24 January BRIGHTON – Concorde
Thursday 25 January LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall
Friday 26 January LEAMINGTON SPA – Assembly
Saturday 27 January FROME – Cheese & Grain
Tickets for the above shows are available from