By Cornwell, H. and Drury, J.
The Stranglers have outlasted & outsold nearly some other band in their period, recording ten hit albums & freeing 21 best forty singles. Their checklist of hits, together with Golden Brown, Peaches & consistently The sunlight, have been written opposed to a heritage of astounding good fortune, dismal failure, drug dependency, bankruptcy, infighting & misfortune. Understandably, the band were detest to bare the real which means in the back of their songs, as a substitute reveling within the secret & confusion they created. lately, bass participant Jean-Jacques Burnel brought up the band's stressful behavior of burning toast because the notion to their vintage, Golden Brown! As a reaction to this fool's play & David Buckley's one-sided biography of the band ("No Mercy" Hodder & Stoughton, 1997), Hugh Cornwell, founding member & songwriter, is decided to set the checklist directly, displace the myths & clarify for the 1st time the true tales in the back of The Stranglers, his departure & the origins of all their songs.
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Extra resources for The Stranglers: Song by Song, 1974-1990
The other picture inside was a group shot which would have made a more representative front cover. That’s quite an odd photograph. Yes. The photographs were taken at a house on Blackheath, which had been used as a setting for old horror films. I’ve got a tube coming out of my ear and am holding the hand of a little tailor’s dummy. Dave has a cat on his lap and is sitting in a chair with Viking spears coming out, which John is holding. On the stairs behind us there is a silhouette. The interesting thing was that all those motifs came up later in certain albums.
How much input did Dave and Jet have on this song? This song was very much a fait accompli because it was determined by the chords, so they were just accompanying really. Of the three songs we’ve looked at so far, ‘Sometimes’ was the one where there was most freedom for Dave because it wasn’t so tied down. ‘London Lady’ was just a thrash on guitar, there’s a lot of chord changes, so you’d really have your work cut out to solo over those changes. I suppose that there would then be too much sound then, wouldn’t there?
It just so happens that there’s a nuclear power station in Toulouse so John and I thought this cataclysmic event could be an atomic mishap. So it was a song of goodbye to the town, and the explosion at the end is supposed to represent an atomic meltdown at Toulouse. I came to John with all the music written and he asked if I’d written any lyrics. ” John then wrote the words and the title, but his bass line was so frenetic that he said, “I can’t possibly sing this and play the bass at the same time,” so I agreed to sing.