By Jay Gorham
So, what are you doing Friday night?
If you are not already dead, then you’d better be dragging your AARP, or younger, ass to The Funhouse to see Hugh Cornwell playing not one, but TWO sets of his own, but mostly The Stranglers’ music. Did I mention this was at The Funhouse? What punk rock legends have you seen at The Funhouse in recent years? OK, maybe SPURM, but they are on the bill, and most likely in good form opening for this legend.
“Why do I care about The Stranglers?” you ask. Well, how many bands have you seen that have punched out members of The Clash and The Sex Pistols?
Dissed by punks in the day, (The Stranglers formed in ’74, way before British punk took off.), for having long hair and squealing keyboards (organs even), the band got associated with punk in Britain for opening on Patti Smith and The Ramones’ first tours there. The Stranglers rooted the punk movement smack dab in the middle of the ’60s, which was really to become the central influence of late 70s and 80s music.
So you have your choice: stay at home Friday night and take your Geritol, or see an icon perform two sets, including the legendary album Rattus Norvegicus, in its entirety, which includes The Stranglers’ smash hit single, “Peaches.”
Hugh’s three-piece band includes Clem Burke (from Blondie) on drums and a Scottish guy named Fish (whose collaborations include Peter Gabriel) on bass and vocals.
Be there or lose.
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