I really wish more songwriters would sit down and do this.
Sometimes you listen to a song, make an interpretation in your own head as to what it's about and rarely do you ever find out it it's right or wrong.
In this book Hugh sits down and discusses each song - sometimes at some length, and many times after not listening to it for years. For me, this was really interesting and made me want to revisit all my Stranglers albums... and my youth but that's another matter.
I'd definitely recommend this to any fan of the early Stranglers, maybe not so much to the casual fan - although there's nothing to stop you from using this as a reference guide to look up just the songs you like.
I really liked that it was written chronologically and split up by album and that the conversational style often let the story wander slightly off topic and gave you an insight into the workings of the band at the time. The story about looping tape around pencils in the studio to create a longer drumloop was a real eye-opener - I had no idea... and where else would I have found out.
Well worth my $ and my time reading.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sanctuary Pub Ltd (30 November 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1860743625
- ISBN-13: 978-1860743627
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2 x 21.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
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