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World Chat / Re: Hugh Cornwell News
« on: September 19, 2019, 08:40:12 AM »
New interview and it's a long one!

LTW: Your most recent album, Monster, is an album in the proper sense, where you examine individuals who are important to, or fascinate you. Did you plan that before you started writing, or did it evolve?

HC: No it turned into that. My mother passed away a few years ago and I wanted to create something for her as a tribute and writing a song seemed the perfect way to do it. It turned out really well, La Grande Dame, but I still didnít have the idea of writing about other people. However, Iím a film fanatic and was watching a film about Evel Knievel, played by George Hamilton and it was actually really good. I thought it seemed an amazing life so I researched further and the film was pretty accurate. I was astounded that no one had ever written a song about him, especially when you consider the connection between Rock Ďní Roll and motor biking, so I was inspired by that.
So I had one song about my Mum and one about Evel Knievel and slowly I could see what was happening so I started to think about other people who may be interesting to write songs about and they presented themselves. Either I would watch a film they were in or there is the story I have about an abortive meeting I was to have with Lou Reed. We were going to meet up in New York but we both got sick with a very similar bug, we were both bed-ridden. It never happened that we were in the same area again and he then died so that lost opportunity to meet him became more important as Iíve always been a fan of what he did, so I wrote Mr. Leather.
I then started to ponder on all these people and what had they had in common. I was originally going to call the album La Grande Dame as I thought it had a nice symmetry with La Folie, and Iím a quarter French anyway, which a lot of people donít know, but a lot of people said an album title should be more in your face. The plan was then to call it ĎVillainsí as thatís what they all were. My Mum was a likeable villain, she was very strict and draconian but there was something very endearing about her so I had no problem about calling her a villain. So it was all set to be called ĎVillainsí but then Queens of the Stone Age brought out an album called ĎVillainsí and you canít have two albums called the same thing coming out so close together. One of the songs was called ĎMonsterí and that seemed a pretty appropriate title and it all started from writing about my Mum.

LTW: Youíre out on tour again in November. You often visit smaller venues and towns that are not on the major circuit. How is the experience of touring and playing live for you now?

HC: Part of it is necessity, as since I gave up the name of The Stranglers, I donít get the size of venue that they do with that name. I did voluntarily give up the name, I had a choice when I left whether I wanted it and I could have said to the others you canít use it because itís owned by the four of us. But I said ďI donít want it, itís got too much baggage associated with it and Iíd rather not have itĒ.
I was feeling stifled creatively by what the name signified so I thought, ďIím better off without itĒ.
Therefore, because I havenít had the name, Iíve had to step down in the size of venue Iím playing, quite understandably, and I go to smaller towns which has been great for me. I think people appreciate it so it has a silver lining. In fact, the more I hear about big tours and gigs that people canít see properly, the more Iím happy to play the venues I do. Most people in a stadium may as well be watching it on video as they spend their whole time watching on a screen. The light shows have to provide more and more to make up for that shortfall of the live experience and it all seems to be getting further and further away from what itís all supposed to be about. That is, people on a stage making music and people close enough to appreciate whatís happening on that stage, not having to use binoculars because they are so far away.
The Stranglers did a few shows of that size back in the day and while they were fun, I wouldnít want to be doing it regularly. You hear about Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones going out on these tours and every day itís these massive places and it must get so boring for them. Probably secretly theyíd admit that they find it boring too.
We were in New York once and had three days off and a band I absolutely loved were playing round the corner. I wonít name them but. I could not believe my luck so I went to see them two nights running. The first night was absolute bliss; they played all the songs I wanted to hear, it was a smaller venue that wasnít full so plenty of space and I couldnít wait to get back the next night. To my disappointment, every moment that they made contact with the audience, they said exactly the same thing as the night before, it was like a script. It ruined it for me. I vowed then that, in or out of The Stranglers, I was never going to repeat myself on stage because itís the first stepping stone to mediocrity and to boredom.

LTW: You separate your solo and Stranglers catalogue in your set into two parts of the show. How does that work for you?
HC: I think what separating the two parts does really is highlight the strength of The Stranglers catalogue, or at least the part I was involved in. I canít speak for anything theyíve done since I left because Iíve never listened to anything theyíve done. I just donít want to go there; I donít want to be asked what I think about their work since Iíve left as I donít know how I would think about it. Iíd rather not listen to it. Iím sorry to the guys for that as they may well put a lot of work into it but Iím just not interested.
To qualify that though, I donít listen to any music by anybody. I gave up listening to music in the same way, as ever since I started writing books, I donít read anymore, I just canít get into it. I was an avid reader and have read very widely so itís not like Iím not interested, itís just that I canít involve myself in them since I first wrote ĎWindow on the Worldí. Musically, I donít know how people can keep up, how do you decide what you are going to listen to? The only time I listen to ďnew musicĒ is when I watch a film, a song is in there that I like, and I want to hear more of. But given the choice, I would not listen to new music. Iím so involved with learning old catalogue stuff, of which there is a lot, I just like a bit of peace and quiet when Iím not in the rehearsal room or the studio or on tour. I just donít really want to listen to anything.
Music is ageless anyway. Weíre still listening to Bach and Beethoven so weíll be listening to rock music for many years to come.
LTW: So, how do you feel about The Stranglers carrying on without you?
HC: This is a completely jaw-dropping statement but Iíve suddenly realised that Iím very happy for The Stranglers to carry on without me. I love the fact that they are out there doing it, because it shows that the catalogue is that strong.

World Chat / Re: Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits
« on: September 19, 2019, 08:37:33 AM »
In the meantime, I did manage to watch this film (thanx to C., who gave me her copy).

It was a good entertaining watch, although I did miss a bit of "depth" at times (e.g. more about the album recordings, what formed the songs etc.)!  8)

TV Chat / "When Punk Rocked" (book by A. Francis)
« on: September 18, 2019, 11:59:27 AM »
A new book about "punk" incl. The Adverts:
When Punk Rocked. (Andy Francis)

A fabulous celebration of the Punk Rock era documenting the events that marked and shaped the era from the outset, through to the demise and often self-destructive nature of many of the bands that had helped to create the genre.Illustrated throughout with press cuttings, posters and previously unseen photos When Punk Rocked includes references to all the main acts of the day from the Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash and The Stranglers through to some of the less remembered groups such as The Rezillos, The Adverts and many more.
ISBN: 978-1-908724-64-9
FORMAT: A4 paperback, 297x210mm - 128pp

World Chat / Re: The Waterboys
« on: September 16, 2019, 05:44:15 PM »

The new 10-song collection offers hints as to why the Waterboys, who play the Wilbur Theater on Wednesday, have continued to thrive. It deftly bridges all the phases of the bandís career, offering up driving rock, lyrical love ballads, soulful laments, a rock/hip-hop hybrid, and of course, their wonderful, wistful folk songs.

ďI think the key is exploring different sounds,Ē says Scott, one of popís true poet laureates. ďI donít consider myself just a rock and roll musician. I play country, funk, soul, folk, and folk-rock. Iíll play any kind of music if it turns me on, including hip-hop.Ē

World Chat / Re: RUTS DC
« on: September 14, 2019, 09:56:12 AM »
I'm really looking forward to this:
As 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of ĎThe Crackí itís now time to take a well deserved look back and Ruts DC are proud to announce some very special EU shows to celebrate the albums original release. These shows will not only feature their 'The Crack' masterpiece but also tracks from 'Music Must Destroy', 'Grin & Bear It', 'Animal Now' and maybe even a brand new tune...

ďItís always been important to us to be a current and forward thinking band, releasing and playing new material whilst being proud of our past,Ē states John ĎSegsí Jennings. ďA milestone to many, The Crack is an important piece of work to us too.
 We now feel ready to celebrate where we came from.Ē

Making ĎThe CrackĒ was a real game changer for me,Ē continues Dave Ruffy. ďThe Ruts were a band that were greater than the sum of their parts and wrote music inspired by everything we had ever heard. Itís a piece of work that I am immensely proud to have been a part of. Now forty years on we will be playing the album in its entirety, itís quite a challenge as some of the songs have not been played since 1980!

I'm glad they will play songs from the latest album as well (last I saw them was 2014, which was great; unfortunately there was no gig promoting "Music Must Destroy" around here).  8)

World Chat / Re: Iggy Pop
« on: September 14, 2019, 09:38:25 AM »
The Dawn (Short Film Teaser)
IGGY POP as you have never seen it before.
A painter of dawn, the night, his canvas but the sun does not rise.

Written & Directed by N.P. Novak

NME Interview
(Uli - take note: "Passengers" indeed!)

A good read, but I must've missed that hint about "passengers"...  :-\

World Chat / Re: I usually hate Jazz, but...
« on: September 14, 2019, 09:26:00 AM »
I have 5 Dave Brubeck albums.

You took "Take 5" too literal, eh?  ;D

...according to an old copy of the NME from 1982, was written by Bryan Jones and Steve Battor from The Lids of the Now Chips.

 :'(  :-[  >:( :(

World Chat / Re: (Extended) Return of The Godfathers?
« on: September 14, 2019, 09:23:12 AM »
Jon Priestly.

Long time Damned roadie.

Bass player on some 2018 dates.

Yep, saw him with 'em in Frankfurt, did a good job.
Hope to see the Godfathers in November (gig was announced before the line-up change).

World Chat / Re: I usually hate Jazz, but...
« on: September 13, 2019, 08:14:54 AM »
As coincidence (or fate) would have it, in today's newspaper I read about a jazz festival, one band playing will be The Primatics (covering Louis Prima)!
ĄI Wanīna Be Like Youď, ĄSing, Sing, Singď oder ĄJust a Gigoloď, wer kennt sie nicht die Hits des amerikanischen Sšngers, Songschreibers, Trompeters und Bandleaders Louis Prima.

Gotta say: it's not as bad as I feared it would be... ok, he's a bit of a "poser" in the vid and the singing is not really good (but could be much, much worse tbh).

According to the tracklist, not just Williamson, but also Steve Stevens, A flock of Seagulls, Ministry a.o. had the (ahem) "courage" to appear with Hasselhoff.  ;D

What bugs me, is how the NME was incapable to do a decent research on the song's origin.  :o
Written and recorded in 1982 by New Church

As far as I remember it was written by James/Bator(s) and recorded by The Lords Of The New Church.
Time for the NME to do their f***in' homework!  ::)

World Chat / Re: Gig reviews & who are you going to see next (other than...)
« on: September 11, 2019, 01:17:29 PM »
Next up probably "Distance, Light & Sky" (project feat. Chris Eckman a.o.), then later in October a special "reunion" show by Crashing Dreams and in November I hope to see The Godfathers and Ruts DC!!  8)

World Chat / Re: (Extended) Return of The Godfathers?
« on: September 11, 2019, 09:16:32 AM »
Peter Coyne announced the new line-up:
The Godfathers are very pleased to announce below full details of the new line up of the band!!
Billy Duncanson, Drums (ex Heavy Drapes)
Wayne Vermaak, Guitar (ex The Great St. Louis)
Peter Coyne, Vocals (The Godfathers founder member, ex The Sid Presley Experience)
Jon Priestley, Bass (ex The Damned)
Richie Simpson, Guitar (ex Heavy Drapes)
We are all so looking forward to starting this exciting new chapter for The Godfathers TOGETHER & writing, recording & releasing some fantastic new material & playing lots of amazing concerts all round the world - BRING IT ON!!
Love Billy, Wayne, Peter, Jon & Richie XXXXX

'The Colour Out of Space' please. :)

Well, that's the title of HP Lovecraft's story, but unfortunately the film is titled "Color Out Of Space" (at least so far), seeing it's been done by a US studio/company...  ::)

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