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August 10, 2012 3:50 AM   Subscribe

Hugh Cornwall plays 'Golden Brown' with a mariachi band (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry (28 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cornwell.

Obligatory Stranglers story: My folks used to share a party line with his sister back in the day, and at the height of the Stranglers' fame. They ended up speaking to him fairly frequently. Nice guy, apparently.
posted by MuffinMan at 3:55 AM on August 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I hate 'Golden Brown', I hate mariachi, and I'm pretty down on Hugh's forgettable solo record.
This... I tapped my foot.
posted by Mezentian at 4:16 AM on August 10, 2012



I hate 'Golden Brown'


are you sure you aren't thinking of Gordon Brown?
posted by dubold at 5:29 AM on August 10, 2012 [8 favorites]


Back when I was a pimply teen, Stranglers is the sole reason I wanted to be a bass player.

Helped along of course by the band's love of my home city

posted by mattoxic at 5:53 AM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dodgy eye? Fucked up the economy? Texture like sun? That's the chap.
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 5:54 AM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh man, I love this song, and this is awesome. Thanks for posting!
posted by nevercalm at 6:00 AM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Gordie Brown was pretty in-offensive.

No, there are some Stranglers songs I hate. The original of this is one, Peaches another.
Awesome live band, though, even with the "new" guy.
posted by Mezentian at 6:01 AM on August 10, 2012


This is one of my favourite songs. This version is excellent. Thank you!
posted by h00py at 6:05 AM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I love the Stranglers, I love mariachi, and I still quite like Golden Brown, even though it's a bit over-played.

(The iconic 80s song that everyone else loves that I hate is How Soon Is Now.)

I was hoping for horns and violins, but maybe that would have over-egged the pudding. Hugh's voice is still gorgeous and resonant, and having the guitars play a mostly percussive role in the background worked.
posted by maudlin at 6:13 AM on August 10, 2012


Awesome live band, though, even with the "new" guy.

I saw them in L.A. back in '86? '87? They seemed completely uninterested with their own set, and it was a really disappointing show (though not nearly as bad as the reformed Wire and PiL shows from around the same time).

This was pretty cool, though. Hugh's voice has held up surprisingly well.

(And for my "holy crap!" moment of the day...Jet Black will be 74 in a couple of weeks.)
posted by malocchio at 6:59 AM on August 10, 2012


How do ya not like this guy? His 'Beat of My Heart?' It's a masterpiece, I tell ya.

Thanks for the post.
posted by uraniumwilly at 7:27 AM on August 10, 2012


I saw them live in 89/90. They go booed because they didn't play Heroes (and they played Waltz in Black non-live before the show proper started) but I thought it was a good gig overall. They played School Mam and Cornwell pulled a random girl out of the audience to spank him with a cane...
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:41 AM on August 10, 2012


I loved everything about this, especially the smiles on the mariachi players' faces. Thanks for posting it!
posted by Angharad at 7:53 AM on August 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


If Gorgeous doesn't wake up in the next few minutes, Tommy knows he'll be buried with him. Why would the gypsies go through the trouble of explaining why a man died in their campsite when they can bury the pair of them and just move camp? It's not like they got social security numbers, is it? Tommy - the tit - is praying. And if he isn't, he fucking should be.
posted by I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984 at 8:18 AM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Los Estranguladores!!
posted by Xoebe at 8:35 AM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ok now where's the list of related links to other things this fucking absolutely great??
posted by humboldt32 at 9:48 AM on August 10, 2012


Lovely version. One of the prettiest songs about heroin ever.
posted by omnidrew at 10:00 AM on August 10, 2012


This was lovely, and reminded me of Los Lobos' Saint Behind the Glass, which I haven't thought of in years. It was nice to listen to that again as well.
posted by oneirodynia at 10:01 AM on August 10, 2012


> (And for my "holy crap!" moment of the day...Jet Black will be 74 in a couple of weeks.)

Stunned.
posted by omnidrew at 10:01 AM on August 10, 2012


I remember that the 70s-80s NME used to go on a bit about what old men the Stranglers were. So Hugh would have been 30 in 1979 and Jet Black would have been 41. Yeah, they were anomalies for the punk scene.

Meanwhile Iggy is only 65 and Lydon is only 56.
posted by maudlin at 10:18 AM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I caught Hugh last year in Baltimore on his "Rattus Norwegicus" redux tour. Dude's still got it and those songs really hold up. He looked like my long-dead Irish grandfather, but he played and sang great.
posted by jetsetsc at 11:33 AM on August 10, 2012


My favorite version from Better Daze
posted by Hairy Lobster at 12:41 PM on August 10, 2012


Lovely version. One of the prettiest songs about heroin ever.

"Don't Bring Harry" is a good one, too.
posted by malocchio at 12:51 PM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is great, thank you for posting it.
posted by LobsterMitten at 3:12 PM on August 10, 2012


The Stranglers with Hugh Cornwell were simply one of the greatest bands ever, on record and live.

I have spoken. Again.
posted by Decani at 6:26 PM on August 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm amazed that health issues and all Jet is still drumming away with the band most of the time, and they managed to get their 17th album out in March.

I wish I had known. Suite XVI was pretty solid.
posted by Mezentian at 10:53 PM on August 10, 2012


Oh, just because.
posted by Decani at 1:25 PM on August 12, 2012


One more and then I'm done.

For all its unarguable magnificence even I, a Stranglers fan to the death, have to admit that "Can you see the bullet's high velocity: it can blow a man's arm off at the count of three" is a fearsomely strong contender for shitest lyric of all time. But the bassline more than makes up for it. As is so often the case with The Stranglers.
posted by Decani at 2:10 PM on August 12, 2012


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