The Stranglers

Formed 1974.
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The Stranglers chat with Steve Lamacq

The Stranglers chat with Steve Lamacq about their first performance at Wembley Stadium.

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Biography

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" band 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".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Giants

    Giants 2012

    Reviewed by Ian Winwood
    Punk survivors return with a reassuringly odd 17th studio album.
  2. Review of Rattus Norvegicus

    Rattus Norvegicus 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Packed with punchy, if sexist, fare from the first summer of hate.
  3. Review of Norfolk Coast

    Norfolk Coast 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Often accused of too much macho swagger, the songs show diversity and sophistication...
  4. Review of Black and White

    Black and White 1978

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    The Stranglers’ essential third album pointed towards a more ambitious future.