Saturday, 6 October 2018

Golden Brown - The Stranglers

Of the millions of songs which have been recorded, only 30 songs can make it into The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians and at number 25 we have Golden Brown by The Stranglers (1981).

With a nod towards fans of Harpsichord music, The Stranglers wrote this song about Heroin and then denied it was about Heroin before admitting, actually, yeah, it was about Heroin and then confirming what bears do in the woods and that the Pope's hat is indeed hilarious.
It's actually the Harpsichord which makes it, the strange sounding instrument stuttering up and down the scales in the background and subtly continually changing the tempo while the lyrics soothingly tell you that there's never a frown with Golden Brown now shut up and listen to this bangin' harpsichord solo.
At their height The Stranglers were as notorious as the Sex Pistols with drug busts, jail time for possession of heroin, fights and incarceration and with the always angry Hugh Cornwell and punchy Bassist Jean-Jacques Buyrnel that's no surprise but they are still going now but never topped the heights of this brilliant harpsichord driven waltz about hard drugs.

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