A Monster Tour: Q&A with Hugh Cornwell

Hugh Cornwell caused a stir in 1990 when he left the punk/new wave band he co-founded, The Stranglers. But the UK songwriter has successfully gone out there alone, forging a solo career that’s taken him around the world. Now he’s returning to Aotearoa for a three date tour with his band this May after a decade away.


What can Christchurch fans expect from your Monster tour?
There will be two halves, the first is a collection of solo catalogue songs including half of the Monster album; the second set is a romp through The Stranglers hits.

How would you describe your music today as a solo artist?
Probably garage/punk/psychedelic/pop!

What motivates you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I still can.

Over your 40 year career with the Stranglers and as a solo artist what is your most favourite song?
Get a grip on yourself: it was the first song I wrote and the first hit.

What advice do you have for someone setting out on a career in music?
Listen to your instincts and don’t give up the day job.

Who has been (or still is) the biggest inspiration in your life?
Arthur Lee, who was the lead singer/songwriter with the band Love.

What is the most memorable moment in your music career?
When I heard Get a grip on the radio for the first time.

Do you have a message for your Christchurch fans?
Feel free to sing along, as I may need help with the words!

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