Mark Lloyd talks to musician Hugh Cornwell
Hugh Cornwell will electrify the Dubai Opera tomorrow night
"It is in trouble I would say, and there are a number of reasons for that,” he says. “The popularity of techno and hip-hop music today is part of that trend because both of these genres don’t have a focus on melody. And then you factor in all these talent shows and I do fear for the craft of songwriting."
The Stranglers at Belgrade Beer Festival
"I think it’s important to understand the political situation in every country that we play, otherwise we would be living in a vacuum in which we can’t experience anything or hear the opinions of ordinary people"
Legendary punks The Stranglers say Cornwall has bitten the hand that feeds over Brexit
"We’re living during a time which is seeing the retreat of democracy. We’ve got hard men coming in now, like Putin and Trump."
The Stranglers talk ahead of Lunar Festival
"I've read that! What does it mean..? I don't know! I've posed the same question - 'what the **** do you mean by that?'"
"En 1977, j'ai rencontré Marc Bolan du groupe T.Rex à Londres et il m'avait dit que la pire chose qu'il n'avait jamais faite de sa vie fut d'aller à Los Angeles pour y travailler trois ans."
Hugh Cornwell defends songs about Mussolini and Mugabe on new album
"The Stranglers’ former chief songwriter has announced Monster will be out in October."