Songstress O’Connor joins Stranglers legend Cornwell for Capital gig, writes Liam Rudden

Hazel O'Connor. Pic: Comp
Hazel O'Connor. Pic: Comp
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HAZEL O’Connor and Hugh Cornwell - two iconic names of the 70s and 80s, one a princess of punk, the other, the frontman of The Stranglers, arguably the coolest band of their day.

The pair - who coincidentally used to date - are united at the Liquid Room on Saturday in a double bill that is sure to be the highlight of the Capital’s music scene this weekend.

Eighth Day, Decadent Days and Will You? The three singles that rocketed O’Connor into the Top 10 are sure to feature on Saturday, as the star of the movie Breaking Glass performs tracks from her back catalogue and her critically acclaimed recent releases.

To coincide with the 2014 release of her new album, Here She Comes, O’Connor teams up with saxophonist Clare Hirst of Bellestars, Communards and David Bowie fame, and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards for the gig.

Meanwhile Cornwell’s electric performance will include a mix of solo and classic Stranglers songs. One of the finest songwriting talents of his generation, Cornwell was the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter of The Stranglers, alongside Jet Black, Jean Jacques Burnel and Dave Greenfield, during which time he enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top 40 singles.

Those included favourites such as Peaches, Golden Brown, Always the Sun and the iconic No More Heroes.

Cornwell’s latest studio album Totem And Taboo was released to rave reviews with Mojo Magazine describing it as ‘His gnarliest record in over 30 years.’

Hazel O’Connor and Hugh Cornwell, Liquid Room, Victoria Street, Saturday, 7pm, £22, 0131-225 2564