Former Stranglers front man Hugh Cornwell's he show will feature two sets:
- the first set will feature a collection of Stranglers hits and classic solo material, with the second featuring The Stranglers seminal debut album 'Rattus Norvegicus IV' being performed in its entirety for the first time in Australia.
Cornwell is one of the UK's finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers - the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in The Stranglers enjoyed massive UK and European success with ten hit albums and 32 top forty singles, etching himself into the UK's musical psyche with songs such as Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip, Nice N Sleazy, Duchess and No Mercy, all of which will be performed on this tour. One of the biggest hits, Golden Brown', saw renewed popularity when it was featured in Guy Ritchie's 2000 blockbuster, 'Snatch', as did Peaches being the opening sequence In full for the classic Sexy Beast.
Hugh Cornwell has released eight solo albums, most recently the acclaimed Hooverdam, produced and mixed in ToeRag Studios by Liam Watson, (known for the Grammy winning White Stripes album 'Elephant'). Hooverdam is available as a high-quality free download in twelve languages from Hugh's website at hughcornwell.com/ bringing his music free to the world's population. The release is a triple-sleeved digipak, featuring both CD and live studio performance DVD in one exclusive package, as well as being available on vinyl. With the free download, Cornwell breaks new ground and proves once again to be a unique force in British music.
Rattus Norvegicus (alternative title The Stranglers IV) is the first studio album by The Stranglers, released on 17 April 1977. The album's title is the taxonomic name for the common brown rat.
1. "Sometimes" (4:56)
Written by Hugh Cornwell, describes a violent argument with a girlfriend. The same girlfriend is the subject of Strange Little Girl which was written earlier by Cornwell and Hans Wärmling.
2. "Goodbye Toulouse" (3:12)
Music by Cornwell, lyrics by Burnel. Describes the destruction of Toulouse predicted by Nostradamus.
3. "London Lady" (2:25)
Music by Cornwell, lyrics by Burnel. Loosely based on a contemporary female journalist.
4. "Princess of the Streets" (4:34)
Written in 6/8 time, music and lyrics by Burnel. Penned 'pre-Stranglers'.
5. "Hanging Around" (4:25)
Music by Burnel, lyrics by Cornwell. Describes the characters found in the London pubs that the band played live at.
6. "Peaches" (4:03)
Burnel/Cornwell. The Stranglers influenced by Reggae music.
7. "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)" (3:55)
Music and lyrics by Cornwell. Based on band life in their Chiddingfold squat, featured Eric Clarke, a Welsh coal miner, on saxophone.
Music and lyrics by Burnel. Described as 'abstract psychedelia' by Cornwell, the poem Ozymandias is featured.
9. "Down in the Sewer" (7:30)
Comprises of four sections, Falling/Down In The Sewer/Trying To Get Out Again/Rat's Rally. Music by Burnel, lyrics by Cornwell. The 'sewer' refers to London.