5 Might 2020, 16:40

The Stranglers in 1980
The Stranglers in 1980.


It was probably the most unlikely single from punk rock band The Stranglers. Stuffed with harpsichords straight out of traditional Baroque music, ‘Golden Brown’ was a large success in 1982.

Following the unhappy information that its chief author David Greenfield has handed away, let’s have a look again on the unbelievable document that also sounds contemporary in the present day.

Here is all of the essential information about ‘Golden Brown’:

  1. Who wrote ‘Golden Brown’?

    The Stranglers in 1988 (left to right: Jet Black, Hugh Cornwell, Jean-Jacques Burnel and Dave Greenfield)
    The Stranglers in 1988 (left to proper: Jet Black, Hugh Cornwell, Jean-Jacques Burnel and Dave Greenfield).


    The tune is credited to all of the band members (Hugh Cornwell, Jean-Jacques Burnel, Dave Greenfield and Jet Black).

    The tune originated when keyboardist Greenfield experimented with a brand new musical riff.

    When Greenfield labored on the synthesizer and harpsichord backing observe, Hugh Cornwell wrote the lyrics that stretched to 10 minutes. He later lower them down to suit the tune.

  2. What’s the tune about?

    There was a lot controversy and confusion surrounding the tune’s lyrics.

    For years, the band claimed that the tune’s lyrics had been just like an aural ‘Rorschach check’, and that individuals solely heard in it what they needed to listen to. Nonetheless, most individuals agreed that the lyrics alluded to heroin use.

    In his e-book The Stranglers Track By Track, Hugh Cornwell stated that “‘Golden Brown’ works on two ranges. It is about heroin and in addition a couple of woman. Basically the lyrics describe how each supplied me with pleasurable instances.”

    The “woman” in query was Cornwell’s Mediterranean girlfriend on the time.

  3. How was it written?

    The primary portion of the tune has a 6/eight time signature, and is pitched midway between the keys of E minor and E-flat minor, maybe to assist with the tuning of the harpsichord.

    The introduction is in an unconventional flat B minor, whereas the keyboard and harpsichord are in 3/4, and within the head each fourth bar is in 4/4.

  4. What occurs within the video?

    The video for ‘Golden Brown’ was directed by Lindsey Clennell, and reveals the band members as explorers in an Arabian nation and non-Arab Muslim nations.

    In addition to the Pyramids in Egypt, the video makes use of inventory footage of the Mir-i-Arab Madrasah in Bukhara, the Shah Mosque in Isfahan, and Nice Sphinx, Feluccas crusing, Bedouins driving and camel racing within the United Arab Emirates.

    The efficiency scenes had been filmed within the Leighton Home Museum in Holland Park, London, which was additionally used within the video for ‘Gold’ by Spandau Ballet.

  5. The tune gave The Stranglers a mainstream comeback

    Stranglers bassist Jean Jacques Burnel later stated: “We had been written off by then. There was a brand new document firm on the time that had taken us over as a result of they’ve swallowed up our earlier document firm.

    “They stated punk was over and we had been completed, after which we compelled them to launch that document. They stated it did not sound like The Stranglers and that you just could not dance to it, and many others.

    “They launched it earlier than Christmas considering it will kinda die a demise, but it surely developed its personal legs. Because of this it received an Ivor Novello award that 12 months.”

  6. What are the lyrics?

    Golden brown texture like solar
    Lays me down with my may she runs
    All through the night time
    No must struggle
    By no means a frown with golden brown

    Each time identical to the final
    On her ship tied to the mast
    To distant lands
    Takes each my arms
    By no means a frown with golden brown

    Golden brown finer temptress
    By the ages she’s heading west
    From far-off
    Stays for a day
    By no means a frown with golden brown

    By no means a frown
    With golden brown
    By no means a frown
    With golden brown

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