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Hugh Cornwell
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Hugh Cornwell returns with his sensational and highly anticipated tenth solo album Moments of Madness with ten outstanding tracks that are set to stun. The album is released on Friday October 21, 2022. The album is available to pre-order from www.hughcornwell.com

Hugh’s new single Coming Out Of The Wilderness is released on Wednesday 28th September. Watch the animated music video for the single or Stream/download Coming Out Of The Wilderness HERE

To dovetail with the new album, Hugh will embark on a 23-date nationwide UK tour from November 4 to December 6, 2022. Tickets are available from www.hughcornwell.com and www.thegigcartel.com.

Hugh has changed his Newcastle concert on Friday 18th November from Wylam Brewery to Northumbria University Students Union. All tickets for the Newcastle show remain valid.

Widely regarded as the poet laureate of the punk era (from his early career fronting the Stranglers to his transition as a solo artist), Hugh Cornwell has built a substantial and singular body of impressive solo albums. His tenth solo opus, Moments of Madness, continues his illustrious output by experimenting with musical genres as his enviable reputation as a wordsmith resounds across this album's songs.

Self-produced, and playing all of the instruments himself, Moments of Madness' ten incredible tracks finds Hugh flexing his musical muscles with a stripped down, offbeat, reverberating sixties vibe ringing from the seductive melodies and lyrically distinctive perceptions that are indelibly stamped with Hugh’s trademark imagination. Vocally and lyrically a career-best, Hugh has never sounded so good on his tenth solo album. 

A high watermark and a modern-day masterpiece, Moments of Madness is being tipped as the most significant album of Hugh’s career.

Four years since his previous remarkable solo album Monster, the opener, and first single, Coming Out of the Wilderness surfs an edgy and explosive sixties sound with a heavy Duane Eddy guitar twang as Hugh declares, "I'm coming out of the wilderness, learnt how to throw a bowie knife. Ran into fair-haired maiden's out there but didn't take no wife.”

On the new album, there is no mistaking Hugh’s distinctive vocals and lyrical mastery as the consummate storyteller. He returns with his inimitable observations on the art of survival in these challenging and turbulent times.

Says Hugh, "It's like I've got a stew pot of sounds where I've put in a bit of Joe Meek, a bit of Lou Reed, a flavour of The Doors, a bit of this, a bit of that and I mix it all up and it tastes good. I'm like a cook when I make records in that I don't follow any recipe."

“I don't mind different types of jewellery, show it to me, just feel free', could be I'm missing the artistry" opines Hugh on Red Rose – a song about the bewildering trend for tattoos revealing a record of many gleaming lyrical gems.

Hugh's ecological message on Too Much Trash also resonates loudly on another irritating topic close to his heart as he eviscerates the thoughtless actions of the devil may care consumer society who needlessly drop litter everywhere. "We're heading for a crash. We got too much trash."

The surreal carousel of psychedelic motifs spinning from this sixties stew of sonic moments (of madness) echo down the years as Cornwell delivers his unique humour in the pithy lyrics for a safe port in the storm close relationship on I WannaHideInsideAya.

Looking for You reveals a Jim Morrison inspired vocal over this song's spooky atmospherics, and the semi-autobiographical and upbeat When I Was a Young Man opens a can of insightful, wistful emotions "As years go by and friends, they die they leave me living slow," Hugh sombrely sings as he reflects upon his family and friends.

Hugh explains his motivation to the monumental title track Moments of Madness that musically adventures in mixing a dash of dub as he strums a lockdown rhythm to this devilish groove. " The Clash did reggae so what's wrong with me doing it? I loved playing the bass on this track." On the album’s title track, Hugh's lyrics again have a finger on the pulse of our times. "Looking like the fog's gonna finally clear. Switch on all the lights at the end of the pier. Tidy up your makeup and shampoo your hair. Have a little party but nobody's there.” 

Moments of Madness is multi-layered with serious messages, acute analysis, and witty observations in fun-filled lyrical and musical eccentricity. On Lasagna Hugh tells the story about his Italian friends who live in Mexico and make the best lasagne he has ever tasted. As always, Cornwell communicates with a biting humour in all the right places.

Hugh’s cautionary tales about matters of the heart are revealed in his inimitable coded style on Beware of the Doll. You think you’re listening to love. You’re sinking from a foot above.” And the more personal album closer Heartbreak at Seven which was the first song that Hugh recorded for this album. Illustrious, multi-talented and a legend, with Moments of Madness, Hugh Cornwell has produced a timely and thought-provoking masterpiece for our times.


 Track Listing

Coming Out Of The Wilderness
Red Rose
I Wannahideinsideya 
Looking For You
When I Was A Young Man
Moments Of Madness
Beware Of The Doll
Too Much Trash
Lasagna
Heartbreak At Seven


 

HUGH CORNWELL
 
MOMENTS OF MADNESS
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2022 UK TOUR

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM:
WWW.THEGIGCARTEL.COM
 
MILTON KEYNES, STABLES
FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2022

HULL, TOWER BALLROOM
SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2022

EXETER, PHOENIX
WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2022

SOUTHAMPTON, THE 1865
THURSDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2022

CARDIFF, Y PLAS
FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2022

BRIGHTON, CONCORDE 2
SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2022

BRISTOL, THE FLEECE
SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2022

LINCOLN, PLATFORM
WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2022

BURY ST EDMUNDS, THE APEX
THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2022

NEWCASTLE, NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS UNION
FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2022

LEEDS, BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
SATURDAY 19 NOVEMEBER 2022

CHESTER, LIVE ROOMS
SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2022

SOUTHEND, CHINNERY’S
WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2022

ISLINGTON, ASSEMBLEY HALL
THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2022

BILSTON, THE ROBIN
FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2022

MANCHESTER, GORILLA
SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2022

DERBY, THE VENUE
SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2022

CARLISLE, THE OLD FIRE STATION
WEDNESDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2022

EDINBURGH, LA BELLE ANGELE
THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER 2022

GLASGOW, THE GARAGE
FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER 2022

ABERDEEN, LEMON TREE
SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER 2022

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