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The Stranglers Biography (Wikipedia)
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."
- The Stranglers' JJ Burnel on winning the 2016 Punk Rock World Cuphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03x6jys.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03x6jys.jpg2016-06-03T18:22:00.000ZLammo chats to JJ Burnel about The Stranglers' award-winning, four decade long career. His band triumphed, after beating defending champions The Clash in the Punk World Cup Final.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03x6k21
The Stranglers' JJ Burnel on winning the 2016 Punk Rock World Cup
- JJ Burnel chats to Liz Kershawhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03lmhh0.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03lmhh0.jpg2016-03-05T16:34:00.000ZLiz catches up with JJ Burnel on the phone.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03lmhwt
JJ Burnel chats to Liz Kershaw
- Jean-Jacques Burnel - My 70shttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03knz4g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03knz4g.jpg2016-02-28T16:59:00.000ZJean-Jacques Burnel - My 70shttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03knz4n
Jean-Jacques Burnel - My 70s
- The Stranglers chat with Steve Lamacqhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01f29q1.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01f29q1.jpg2013-08-12T20:00:00.000ZThe Stranglers chat with Steve Lamacq about their first performance at Wembley Stadium.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01f29sm
The Stranglers chat with Steve Lamacq
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