by Mark Nobes, chief editor
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!
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)
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)
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.
"All Day And All Of The Night" (1988)
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.
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
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
2010 Live At The Apollo (CD + DVD)
Chart positions are for the UK album charts