The Stranglers
Firstly, I hope you enjoy this playlist which features all of The Stranglers Top 40 hits from the 70s and 80s. I've hand-picked the best quality videos I could find, although there were no official videos for the band's earlier work.

Now, I'm going to take a look back at some of the most successful songs and albums by the band, starting with a banned single!
The Stranglers - Peaches (1977) single sleeve
Peaches (1977)
The Stranglers second single became notorious for its controversial lyrics, and became one of dozens of pop songs to be banned by the BBC. Fortunately, it was released as a double-A side with Go Buddy Go, and this song was played instead by stations who found Peaches offensive. The song reached #8 in the UK during the summer of 1977 and featured on the debut album Rattus Norvegicus.
The Stranglers debut album Rattus Norvegicus (1977)
These guys are often criticised for not being "a proper punk band", but this LP has a fiery, but sophisticated rawness that makes it stand head and shoulders above albums by other over-hyped bands, who made headlines thanks to brilliant PR by their manager.

Released on 17th April 1977, The Stranglers debut album (released with United Artists) became (and remains) their most commercially successful studio album achieving platinum sales.


Don't be confused by the title. It's actually called Rattus Norvegicus, but was labelled The Stranglers IV even though it was their debut album.

Something Better Change (1977)

The third single release from The Stranglers was released as a double A-side in the UK with the track Straighten Out. The punk song was released in October 1977 as the lead single from the album No More Heroes.

No More Heroes (1977)
Released in September 1977, this fourth single release became the third consecutive top ten hit for the post-punk, English band, and was also the title track from the album. The song also featured in the 1999 film Mystery Men, a comedy about a bunch of hapless superheroes which starred Ben Miller as Mr. Furious.

The single sleeve for No More Heroes is
pretty minimalist, and the design of the Golden Brown sleeve was just as uninspiring, which is why I haven't included it on this page!

Golden Brown (1982)

This was The Stranglers biggest hit and peaked at #2 in the UK during February 1982, being kept off the top spot by The Jam with Town Called Malice.

Originally from the album La Folie, the song later appeared on some pressings of Feline. There has been much controversy about the lyrics with many critics believing they are referring to heroin. However, drummer Jet Black insists they're about marmite, with tongue firmly in cheek, no doubt!

During the 80s, The Stranglers released 20 singles and 5 albums. 12 singles made the UK Top 40. All Day and All of the Night, Strange Little Girl and European Female all made the Top 10.

Strange Little Girl (1982) single by The Stranglers
Strange Little Girl (1982)
The band's final single with Liberty Records was released to promote the compilation album The Collection 1977-1982. It was actually penned in 1974, although EMI refused to release it. Strange Little Girl peaked at #7 in the British charts during August 1982.

Almost halfway through the video a group of punk girls is shown cutting and trimming one of their "friend's" hair and walking around London.
12" vinyl sleeve
All Day And All Of The Night (1988)
This fuzzy, but interesting video clip is from the Wogan chat show on BBC1, and the band are introduced by Dawn French wearing her red nose for Comic Relief.

Released in 1988, this cover of The Kinks hit song from 1964 (which reached #2 in the UK and #7 in the U.S.) reached #7 in the UK, and was lifted from the live album All Live And All Of The Night.

The Stranglers - Black And White
Album sleeve for Black And White
Studio Album Discography

1977  Rattus Norvegicus #4
1977  No More Heroes  #2
1978  Black And White  #2
1979  The Raven  #4
1981  The Gospel According To Meninblack #8
1981  La Folie #11
1983  Feline #4
1984  Aural Sculpture #14
1986  Dreamtime #16
1990  10 #15
1992  Stranglers In The Night #33
1995  About Time #31
1997  Written In Red #52
1998  Coup De Grace #171
2004  Morfolk Coast #70
2006  Suite XVI #89
2012  Giants '#48

Live Albums

1979  Live (X Cert)  #7
1981  All Live And All Of The Night  #12
1992  Live At The Hope And Anchor
1992  The Early Years '74 '75 '76 Rare Live And Unrelased
1993  Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
1993  Death And Night And Blood
1995  The Stranglers And Friends IN Concert
1996  Access All Areas
1997  Friday The Thirteenth #198
1998  Live At The Hammersmith Odeon
2001  5 Live 01
2003  Live At The Apollo
2003  Apollo Revisited
2005  Coast To Coast: Live On Tour
2008  TheMenInBlackInBrugge
2010  Live At The Apollo (CD + DVD)

Chart positions are for the UK album charts

 

 

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