28 August 1949, London, England. Cornwell had long since launched his solo career before his defection in August 1990 from the Stranglers, with whom he was lead vocalist and guitarist. His extra-curricular activities began in 1979, when he recorded an album, Nosferatu, with Captain Beefheart drummer Robert Williams, which also featured contributions from members of Devo. It is of considerable interest to Stranglers fans as it prefigures some of the lyrical and musical concerns of the band in the next decade.
Cornwell returned to the Stranglers for much of the 80s, enduring several adventures, not least a jail term for heroin possession which he would later recall in a privately published indictment of the justice system - Who Guards The Guards? He also appeared alongside Bob Hoskins in a London stage play. Cornwells next album, 1988s Wolf, was a hugely disappointing affair, a limp attempt to carve a pop niche. Rightly considered a...