The Stranglers

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The Stranglers are an English rock band who emerged via the punk rock scene. Scoring some 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning four decades, the Stranglers are one of the longest-surviving and most "continuously successful" bands to have originated in the UK punk scene.

Formed as the Guildford Stranglers on 11 September 1974 in Guildford, Surrey, they originally built a following within the mid-1970s pub rock scene. While their aggressive, no-compromise attitude identified them as one of the instigators of the UK punk rock scene that followed, their idiosyncratic approach rarely followed any single musical genre and the group went on to explore a variety of musical styles, from new wave, art rock and gothic rock through the sophisticated pop of some of their 1980s output.

They had major mainstream success with their single "Golden Brown". Their other hits include "No More Heroes", "Peaches", "Always the Sun" and "Skin Deep".

The Stranglers' early sound was driven by Jean-Jacques Burnel's melodic bass, but also gave prominence to Dave Greenfield's keyboards. Their early music was also characterised by the growling vocals and sometimes misanthropic lyrics of both Jean-Jacques Burnel and Hugh Cornwell. Over time, their output gradually grew more refined and sophisticated. Summing up their contribution to popular music, critic Dave Thompson later wrote: "From bad-mannered yobs to purveyors of supreme pop delicacies, the group was responsible for music that may have been ugly and might have been crude – but it was never, ever boring."

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 Rattus Norvegicus 8
1977 No More Heroes 5
1978 Black and White 8
1979 The Raven 5 5
1981 The Gospel According to the Meninblack 5
1981 La Folie 3
1982 Feline 2.5 8
1984 Aural Sculpture 7
1986 Dreamtime 4 6
1990 10 3
1992 Stranglers in the Night 2
1995 About Time 1
1997 Written in Red 3
1998 Coup de Grace 2
2003 Norfolk Coast 5
2006 Suite XVI 1
2012 Giants 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 The Chronicles of Vladimir 1
1982 The Collection 1977–1982 1
1986 Off the Beaten Track 1
1987 IV 1
1988 Rarities 1
1989 Singles (The U.A. Years) 1
1990 Greatest Hits 1977–1990 5 4
1992 All Twelve Inches 1
1994 The Early Years '74 '75 '76: Rare Live & Unreleased 2
1994 The Old Testament: The U.A. Studio Recordings (1977–1982) 2
1996 The Hit Men 2
1997 The Best of the Epic Years 1
1997 The Collection 1
1998 Collection 1
1998 The Masters 1
1999 Hits and Heroes 3
2002 Out of the Black 1
2002 Peaches: The Very Best Of 1
2002 The Rarities 1
2003 Miss You 1
2003 Gold 1
2003 Sweet Smell of Success: The Best of the Epic Years 1
2004 Golden Brown 1
2006 The Very Best of the Stranglers 1
2006 Golden Brown 1
2006 In Retrospect 2
2007 Golden Brown 1
2007 The Story So Far 1
2007 10 Track Collectors Album: The Mail on Sunday 1
2007 Anthology 1
2007 No More Heroes 1
2009 Decade: The Best of 1981–1990 1
2009 The UA Singles 1977–1982 1
2010 Decades Apart 1
2011 Essential 1
2013 Skin Deep: The Collection 1
2014 About Time / Written in Red / Coup de grace 1
2014 Giants and Gems 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2014 Here & There: The Epic B‐Sides Collection 1983–1991 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Live (X Cert) 2
1986 Secret (Browned Seasoned & Thickened) 1
1988 All Live and All of the Night 5
1992 Live at the Hope & Anchor 1
1993 Saturday Night, Sunday Morning 1
1994 Death & Night & Blood 1
1995 The Sessions 1
1995 The Stranglers and Friends: Live in Concert 3
1996 Access All Areas 1
1997 Friday the Thirteenth: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1
1998 Live at the Hammersmith Odeon '81 1
2001 5 Live 01 1
2003 Apollo Revisited 1
2003 Live ’n’ Sleazy 1
2005 Jump Over My Shadow 1
2007 The Best of The Stranglers 1
2008 Themeninblackinbrugge 1
2012 Acoustic in Brugge 2
2012 Sight & Sound 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 (Get a) Grip (on Yourself) / London Lady 1
1977 No More Heroes 2
1977 Peaches / Go Buddy Go 1
1978 5 Minutes 1
1978 Sverige 1
1978 Walk On By / Old Codger / Tank 1
1979 Duchess 1
1979 Nuclear Device (The Wizard of Aus) 1
1980 Bear Cage 1
1980 Who Wants the World? / The Meninblack (Waiting for 'Em) 1
1981 Thrown Away 1
1981 Just Like Nothing on Earth 1
1981 Let Me Introduce You to the Family 1
1982 Golden Brown 1
1982 Strange Little Girl 1
1982 European Female 1
1982 Aural Sculpture 1
1983 Midnight Summer Dream 1
1983 Paradise 2
1984 No Mercy 1
1984 Skin Deep 1
1985 Let Me Down Easy 3
1986 Always the Sun 3
1986 Big in America 1
1986 Nice in Nice 1

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