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Sony Music is proud to announce the coming together of two influential gents within their own fields of the arts. Acclaimed poet DrJohn Cooper Clarkeand esteemed singer / songwriter (and founding member of The Stranglers) Hugh Cornwellhave teamed up to release their first album, This Time It’s Personal, released 14thOctober .
It’s a match made in the rock ‘n’ roll heaven of their respective youth and, just as their eyebrow-raising new album says, This Time It’s Personal. Featuringclassic tracks that they both grew up listening to, the album is the surprising duo’s first collaboration.
The fact that these two giants of punk and new wave are together on record for the first time is remarkable enough. But the album, which features ten hand-picked songs reflecting the pair’s shared love of classic American and British pop they grew up with, has a knockout punchline. With not a spoken word in sight by DrClarke, nor a distinctive growling Cornwellvocal, This Time It’s Personal(produced by Hugh at his own studio) announces John’sdebut, at the age of 67, as a lead vocalist, with Hughplaying all guitars. The results are delightful. “No one knew he could sing!” laughs Cornwell. “When you tell people they go ‘You’re kidding me.’”
With tracks by the likes of Lieber& Stoller, Jimmy Webb, Ricky Nelson, Richie Valens and Conway Twitty, This Time It’s Personal sees the duo paying their respects to the music that had played such a part in their musical coming of age.
So it is that Hughand Johnare celebrating their musical education in 2016, and this time, just as they say, it really is personal. “It’s going to be a complete voyage of discovery,” they agree. “These are great tunes,” says John, “and we’ve done our very best to respect them, and to bring them…” Hughjumps in to complete the thought: “…back to life.”