Hooverdam (album)

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Hooverdam
Hooverdam.jpg
Studio album by Hugh Cornwell
Released 2008
Recorded Toe Rag Studios
Genre Alternative rock
Post-punk
Length 39:01
Label Invisible Hands Music
Producer Liam Watson
Hugh Cornwell chronology
Beyond Elysian Fields
(2004)
Hooverdam
(2008)
Totem and Taboo
(2012)

Hooverdam is an album by Hugh Cornwell released in 2008 initially as a free digital download with a compact disc and vinyl version released later. A short movie entitled "Blueprint" chronicling the recording of the album had a limited release in cinemas in the UK and was released on a DVD which came with the CD. Some tracks like "Philip K. Ridiculous" and "Delightful Nightmare" echo the heavy bass lines previously present in early Stranglers records.

The night after playing in Phoenix in his North America tour during March and August, Cornwell visited the Hoover Dam and recorded a video message there for his fans. He claims he gave the album its name because the Hoover Dam is a huge feat in human engineering and a monument to mankind. He thinks that Alfred Hitchcock should have made a film set at the Hoover Dam.

The album was cited[by whom?] as being one of his best yet with mainly favourable reviews. These reviews resulted in Cornwell being asked to play at certain American venues he had not played in since leaving The Stranglers.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Please Don't Put Me On A Slowboat To Trowbridge" - 3:16
  2. "Going To The City" - 3:32
  3. "Delightful Nightmare" - 4:41
  4. "Within Or Without You" - 5:17
  5. "Rain On The River" - 3:43
  6. "Beat Of My Heart" - 3:41
  7. "Philip K. Ridiculous" - 3:29
  8. "The Pleasure of Your Company" - 4:02
  9. "Wrong Side Of The Tracks" - 3:38
  10. "Banging On the Same Old Beat" - 3:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Hugh Cornwell - vocals, guitar
  • Chris Bell - drums
  • Caroline 'Caz' Campbell - bass guitar

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