Hugh Cornwell ‘God Is A Woman’ Video – Louder Than War Exclusive

Hugh Cornwell has sent over his latest video for us to run as an exclusive!!! The video can only be watched on Louder Than War so make sure all your friends head over here for a gander! The video is for the track ‘God Is A Woman’ which has been lifted from Hugh’s current album ‘Totem And Taboo’.

Hugh sent it over to us himself with the following words about the track:

“Probably my favourite track on the album…first few notes may remind some people of ‘Badge’, but I think this is an improvement. The voice is unusually very dry and in your ear, in contrast to the bass and guitar. Hopefully people will consider, as I do, that this is a modern day ‘Peaches’

‘Totem And Taboo’ was initially self-released in June 2012 via Pledge Music, before being coming out via The Cadiz Recording Co. back in September 2012 to widespread critical acclaim. The album was then released via Red River Entertainment in North America on June 25 2013. Louder Than War’s Mark Ray reviewed it back in June 2012 & said:

“With ‘God Is A Woman’ I wonder if Cornwell is finally burying the charge of sexism that always lingered around The Stranglers like the smell of rohypnol”.

Totem & Taboo can be bought in several different formats (and combinations therein) from Hugh’s Bandcamp page HERE. You can, of course, also listen to the album in full there too or use the widget at the foot of the page (below the tour dates) to do so.

Please be aware the video clip contains images of full frontal nudity.


Hugh is about to head out on tour with many dates lined up in the UK and overseas – tickets are on sale now, details of which can be found from Hugh’s .

July 5th Preston – 53 Degrees
July 6th St Helens – Citadel
July 7th Oxfordshire – Cornbury Festival
July 9th Kew – Kew The Music
Aug 1st Stourbridge – Moochers

Aug 2nd Hannover – Faehrmans Fest
Aug 17th Dorchester – Forever Sun Festival
Oct 8th San Francisco – Cafe Du Nord

Nov 14th Bath Komedia
Nov 15th 2013Stamford Corn Exchange
Nov 16th 2013 Sale Waterside Arts Centre
Nov 21st 2013 Brighton Komedia
Nov 22nd 2013 Bromsgrove Artrix
Nov 23rd 2013 London Islington Union Chapel
Nov 28th 2013 Sheffield Memorial Hall
Nov 29th 2013 Glasgow Arches

Dec 3rd Atlanta – Smiths Olde Bar
Dec 4th Charlotte – Casbah / Tremont Music Hall
Dec 5th Washington – Black Cat
Dec 6th Nj – Record Collector (Acoustic Show)
Dec 7th Long Branch Nj – The Brighton Bar
Dec 8th New York – Highline Ballroom
Dec 10th Philadelphia – Sellersville Theatre
Dec 15th Detroit – Small’s Bar

Stream Totem And Taboo here:

Hugh Cornwell’s website can be found HERE. He’s also on Facebook & Twitter.

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    • that was because we had it on our site 4 days ago for a few hours and it got ripped and put onto youtube…

      • John, there was a link posted on Saturday afternoon on the B.U.T forums, not through here.
        So your all right ;-)
        It generated 17 pages(and counting) of discussion about it as well.

  1. As a fan of the Stranglers I was really interested in hearing this and to be honest, the song itself is really good … my question here is what is he trying to prove with the PV??? I have read the article, watched the video and listened to the lyrics and for the life of me, I just cannot see beyond the fact that this is solely gratuitous nudity. Of course I am not adverse to it, but everything in it’s right place … right? The Stranglers were always a band labelled as misogynistic, I guess we know the source of it now! I bet Mark Ray is cursing the day he wrote the line that Phil Newall mentioned!!!

  2. Song is pretty good … video is disgusting! What era is Cornwell living in???? In the 70s/80s The Stranglers ‘titilation’ was of the era. It’s value lay in the fact that while other bands were cursing/violent The Stranglers used the taboo of sex/nudity to push themselves into the public eye (the music was great too of course). Today however, when we have access to all manner of material on the internet, such a video is completely irrelevant. I notice that Cornwell directed the video too … did you cop a good eyeful Hugh??? I am looking forward to hearing the reasoning behind it?!

  3. The video is not shocking, it is however sexist and reduces the all white, young, pretty females in it to nothing more than sexual objects. I f God Really Is A Woman, someone better tell Hugh that She’s probably a lot more than a young, white softcore porn model.
    Although Hugh and his former colleagues in the Stranglers were renowned for their ‘playfullness’ it’s now out of date and some of the misanthropy of the past must surely embarrass them now.
    I remember going to the Stranglers Albert Hall gig in I think 1995 a few years after Cornwell left the band, they were accompanied by the all women orchestra The Electra Strings, which you could say was the band promoting real female talent as opposed to the events of Battersea Park in 1978.
    I’m disappointed in Hugh, however I would be interested to know his motivation behind the video which I find to be a tacky, tasteless, sexist piece of lesbian softcore chic which is totally devoid of any artistic merit whatsoever.

  4. This is desperate even for Hugh Cornwell. I am a man who likes the ladies but as far as a music video goes from a good song writer and a man of his age , this is just disgraceful. Very tacky indeed! He could of made a more tasteful video as the song itself is ok. This has put me off him quite a lot. Shame!

  5. This is barely worthy of comment. Hugh Cornwell has been consistently disappointing for ages now, and this latest piece of ‘shock-horror’ looks a pathetic attempt to stir up controversey and revive his flagging career. Last time I saw him his band was advertised ‘with keyboards’. Hence you’d expect a four-piece but no; his bassist was doubling up. I thought this was a big fat con of a loyal audience and vowed not to see him again. After ‘God Is A Woman’ I won’t be listening to him again either. His sad old perv’s video is a poignant contrast with his former bandmates’ efforts at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall this month. They must be laughing up their sleeves at him.


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