Hugh Cornwell live at St. Paul’s – Preview

For those of us of a certain age, the sight of The Stranglers dismantling the stage on Top of the Pops in September 1977 during No More Heroes will be forever seared into our memory

They dared to do what many of us wanted to, which was to not take it all too seriously. Despite the dark themes in the music of the “Guildford” Stranglers deep down you could see that this was a band that had put in the work, had confidence in their abilities and often had their tongue lodged deep in cheek while still managing to fuse incredible melodies with off kilter lyrics

However, there has always been more to Hugh Cornwell than punk rock angst and albums about “Meninblack” and his song-writing has always tried to illuminate some of the darker areas of the human condition.
On October 19th the man behind 10 hit albums and 21 top forty singles including, “Golden Brown”, “Peaches”,” Duchess” and my own personal favourite “Always the Sun” makes a triumphant return to St. Paul’s Worthing

Subverting the Sturm und Drang/year zero attitudes of punk, Hugh returns to earlier incarnations to bring an acoustic set of depth and passion which revitalises these well know songs and skews them with a different perspective

Although perhaps best know for the incredible run of Strangler’s hits, Hugh began his life in music as a co-founder of an original R & b band with folk rock legend Richard Thompson and his career has seen him move easily between genres, from west coast psychedelia, British folk, delta blues and pure and simple rock and roll. With over 20 Studio and live albums and collaborations with the likes of Blondie, Clem Burke and Dr John Cooper Clarke

Last years performance highlighted the quality of the song writing and you can expect more of the same, with songs from a career spanning almost 50 years including new and never before performed songs from upcoming studio album “Villains” and the Steve Albini produced “Totem and Taboo” as well as many well known and perhaps overlooked songs from the Strangler’s back catalogue

One of the great survivors from the punk explosion, seeing Hugh Cornwell live is a must for any music lover and seeing him in such a great venue as St Pauls is just the icing on the cake. There are some tickets left so get yourself down to St Pauls on the 19th of October for a great night of music and entertainment

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