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The Stranglers

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The Stranglers are an English rock band who emerged via the punk rock scene. Scoring 23 UK top 40 singles and 19 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning five decades, the Stranglers are one of the longest-surviving bands to have originated in the UK punk scene.

Formed as the Guildford Stranglers in Guildford, Surrey, in early 1974, they originally built a following within the mid-1970s pub rock scene. While their aggressive, no-compromise attitude had them identified by the media with the emerging 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 sophisti-pop of some of their 1980s output. They had major mainstream success with their 1982 single "Golden Brown". Their other hits include "No More Heroes", "Peaches", "Always the Sun", "Skin Deep" and "Big Thing Coming".

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 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."Keyboard player Dave Greenfield died on 3 May 2020 after contracting COVID-19 while receiving treatment for a heart ailment. The remaining band members completed a new album recorded with Greenfield, Dark Matters following his death and confirmed that they would proceed with their "Final Full UK Tour", initially announced in January 2020, in his honour.

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Discs

Dark Matters

September 10, 2021

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If Something's Gonna Kill Me (It Might as Well Be Love)

August 6, 2021

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And If You Should See Dave...

June 15, 2021

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Giants (Deluxe)

May 28, 2013

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Giants

January 1, 2012

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BBC in Concert (23rd April 1977)

February 5, 2010

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BBC in Concert (8th February 1982)

December 4, 2009

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John Peel Session (1 March 1977)

September 11, 2009

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The UA Singles '79-'82

January 1, 2003

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The UA Singles '77-'79

January 1, 2001

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N comme Never Again

January 1, 1993

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Stranglers in the Night

September 1, 1992

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Live At The Hope And Anchor (1977)

January 1, 1992

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10

March 14, 1990

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Live (X-Cert)

July 11, 1988

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All Live And All Of The Night

January 1, 1988

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Dreamtime

October 21, 1986

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Off the Beaten Track

September 8, 1986

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Aural Sculpture

January 1, 1984

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Feline

January 1, 1982

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(The Gospel According To) the Meninblack

September 26, 1981

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La Folie

January 1, 1981

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IV

January 1, 1980

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The Raven

January 1, 1979

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Black and White

May 26, 1978

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Rattus Norvegicus

January 1, 1977

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No More Heroes

January 1, 1977

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