Guest Post #1: Bill Gray (Former Mae Shi)


My girlfriend came home with this record a couple years back (Nosferatu – Hugh Cornwell and Robert Williams) and i’ve been yammerin about it ever since. Spookysounds, quirky electronics and overall goofiness of this record make it perfect for your mid September Halloween pre parties. This whole project was an attempt to jump start Hugh Cornwell’s solo career just in case the stranglers broke up. Like most good things it failed to make the charts and the stranglers went on into the 80’s so this ended up getting buried and almost completely forgotten about . The best part of this record are the guest musicians who just pop up everywhere, Robert Williams (Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band) was Cornwell’s main collaborator on these songs but it also includes Ian Dury, Ian Underwood (Frank Zappa’s band) and on this track Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh with Mark taking the lead vocal and killin’ it. Its all very weird but essential to all the stranglers fans and devotee’s out there. Hoorah.

-Bill Gray

E-Rhythmic Itch – Hugh Cornwell and Robert Williams