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 of the mid to late 1970s. Beginning life 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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Year Title RatingReleases
1990 96 Tears 2
1990 Sweet Smell of Success 1
1997 In Heaven She Walks 1
2004 Long Black Veil 1
2012 Mercury Rising 1

Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Shakin’ Like a Leaf 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1977 The Stranglers 1
1978 Walk On By 1
1979 Don’t Bring Harry 2
1980 Do the European 1
1986 The 12" Tape 1
1990 Sweet Smell of Success 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2012 2012-02-21: The Grand Studio, RTL Radio, France 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Live in London 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Out of the Black 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2009 1977-03-01: John Peel Session 1

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