Hugh Cornwell


HUGH CORNWELL returns with a remarkable and highly anticipated tenth solo album, titled Moments of Madness this autumn. It pomises ten new tracks set to bedazzle fans out of the water! 

The album is due Friday October 7, 2022 and available for  pre-order now:

To augment the release, Hugh will embark on a 21-date nationwide UK tour from November 4 to December 3, 2022. Details on the tour poster (below.)

dry-shod and umbratic, this is filled with atmospheric perspective & eerisome shade…

Raw Ramp Music Magazine

Cornwell grew up in Tufnell Park, London, then Kentish Town. In school, he played bass in a band with Richard Thompson, later of Fairport Convention. After earning a degree in Bristol, he embarked on post-graduate research in Sweden where he formed the band Johnny Sox.

Cornwell returned to Britain in 1974, with the name Johnny Sox. Drummer Jet Black joined. They later enlisted bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel. Keyboardist & saxophonist Hans Wärmling came over from Sweden, hung around, and participated a little later. The Johnny Sox name was dropped. They adopted the name Guildford Stranglers. Black registered the name Stranglers as a business in 1974.

Cornwell released his first solo album, titled Wolf, in June 1988 on Virgin Records.

Wolf - Hugh Cornwell

After leaving the Stranglers, 1990, Cornwell worked with Roger Cook and Andy West as CCW (Cornwall, Cook, West.) Their self-titled album was released in 1992.

In 2018 Cornwell signed to Sony as a solo artist and released his ninth solo studio album, the concept piece: Monster.

Frequently regarded as the preeminent epigramatic elocutionist of the punk generation, Cornwell has established a significant & prodigious body of work over the course of an impressive nine solo albums. 

Moments of Madness

His tenth solo achievement, Moments of Madness, progresses his distinguished output by embracing new musical realms while his extraordinary expertise as a free-thinking versificator continues to illumine his new songs.

It’s like I’ve got a stew pot of sounds…” he explains. “Where I’ve put in a bit of Joe Meek, a bit of Lou Reed, a flavour of The Doors, a bit of this, a bit of that and I mix it all up and it tastes good. I’m like a cook when I make records in that I don’t follow any recipe.

The first track from the album, “Red Rose” is dry-shod and umbratic, filled with atmospheric perspective and eerisome shade. The rhythms are a little powdery, the lyrics are undeniably unshowy, though droll and mannered. And it is certainly nostalgic. The experience is a bit like listening to Bowie’s Velvet Goldmine, picked-over by Lou Reed, and nonchalantly accompanied by “Woody” Woodmansey on loose-wristed drums. 

It’ll be interesting to see what the rest of the album reveals!

Get Red Rose here:

Moments of Madness tour poster

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