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Hugh Cornwell

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Hugh Cornwell is an English musician & songwriter, best known for being the vocalist, guitarist and original founder of the British punk/new wave group The Stranglers, 1974–90.

Cornwell was born in London, England in 1949 - growing up in Tufnell Park and Kentish Town - and attended William Ellis School in Highgate, where he was friends with Richard Thompson, later a member of Fairport Convention. In the late 1960s, having obtained a degree in biochemistry from Bristol University, he embarked on postgraduate research post in Lund University, southern Sweden. Not long after his arrival he formed a band, Johnny Sox.

Cornwell did not complete his doctorate and returned to the UK, in 1974. Soon after, he formed The Stranglers with Jet Black, Hans Warmling and Jean Jacques Burnel. By 1977 they had secured a deal with United Artists records and become the highest selling band on the UK punk scene and had several hit singles and albums.

By the time Cornwell reached his thirties, the British punk scene had died down and he was prompted to start a solo career in case the Stranglers broke up. He recorded his first album away from the group, Nosferatu, in collaboration with the Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band’s drummer, Robert Williams, in 1979.

Shortly before his 41st birthday Cornwell decided that the band could go no further artistically. He recorded the albums 10 and Saturday Night/Sunday Morning before leaving after sixteen years in the band. He described life with the Stranglers as brilliant, but he felt he had a dark coat over him. His biographical writing attest to many conflicts within the band, particularly between Cornwell and Burnel.

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  • fowlhuman

    Never thought I'd get it, but I'm being strangled by nostalgia - get back with the other band and save them from their dad rock.

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • HimitsuUK

    Legit

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • KurtBell

    If anyone has the files for the "Your Covered" album I would be extremely grateful if you could share, unfortunately you would only get it at gigs in 2011.

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • JaredSquared

    So glad I got see Hugh a month or so ago during his US tour with Glen Matlock.....can't wait til ya come back, Hugh!!!!

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Muldwych

    @KurtBell - you're right. In fact, looking into it just now, I see there are 3! There's J.J Burnel and Jean-Jacques Burnel which you mentioned, and also 'Jean Jacques Burnel' - http://www.last.fm/music/+noredirect/Jean+Jacques+Burnel - Looking them over, I see there are a lot of scrobbles for JJ's 'Gankutsuou' soundtrack, which probably explains the big numbers. Anime fans are a whole different audience that will have given him a lot more exposure just for that one album.

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • KurtBell

    @Muldwych JJ has 2 pages with different spellings of his name, here you go http://www.last.fm/music/Jean-Jacques+Burnel

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Muldwych

    @KurtBell - are you sure? I clicked on 'J.J Burnel' and at the time of posting, it showed "18,637 plays", while Hugh had "50,790 plays". I too would be very surprised if Burnel was being scrobbled more times than Hugh.

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • KurtBell

    I can't believe Jean-Jacques Burnel has 3x more listens than Hugh, i love them both it's just funny because Burnel only has 2 solo albums and Hugh has 10.

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Assembly-LSpa

    Hugh plays the (officially) best live venue in the UK, April 13th http://www.last.fm/event/1869253+Hugh+Cornwell

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • evonx

    download now : the stranglers according to the fans! http://www.themeninblack.co.uk/forums/covered/ artwork for a downloadable cover, with track-list & contributors names etc, available early 2011

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Shirsh

    wtf is laysaish? о_О

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Muldwych

    Heh, haven't heard that one. "Have you got your Crackerjack pencils? Well, you can stick them up your arses, then!"

    11 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Moneo-LT

    Been to his gig on the 15th of October and it was epic!

    26 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Muldwych

    Glamypunk - you mean this kind of thing? "So, I hear that 21,000 free condoms have been distributed over these last few days. So some of you have been lucky, and some of you haven't been so lucky. So if there's 30, 000 people here and 21,000 free condoms have been given out, that means there's 9,000 wankers out there!"

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • ladyemero

    I'm enjoying the new album :D

    22 Jun 2009 Reply
  • jasonwright

    Hugh, do not forget your mates in the states!

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • karelbeer

    Hugh Cornwell in concert 31st march & 1st april Paris la Java, www.anythingmatters.com for more info

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • phvdlinden

    And it's a good album too!

    9 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Wadey75

    Hugh is a legend!!

    26 Oct 2008 Reply
  • wasabi_rush

    For those peeps that aren't yet aware, you can download Hugh's latest album 'Hooverdam' at http://www.hooverdamdownload.com - and it's all totally FREE!!

    17 Jun 2008 Reply
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