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Title: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on January 27, 2010, 02:25:45 PM
New single & new compilation:

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Retro Rockets has been chosen as the download only single.

As an extra bonus both tracks should now be included on the forthcoming Decades Apart compilation as well.

The release dates - through EMI - for the single and album are tentatively 22 February and 1 March respectively although these dates may change.
http://www.stranglers.net/

Listen to a snippet here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn5EZtIZVLU
Title: Re: Stranglers (new download single)
Post by: Rockula on January 27, 2010, 02:47:57 PM
I'll be having them. Pity there's no actual CD single with just the new tracks on. Seems pointless buying the album when I've got everything on it already.
Title: Re: Stranglers (new download single)
Post by: Uli on January 29, 2010, 10:37:32 AM
Seems pointless buying the album when I've got everything on it already.

Yeah, of course. I'll have to look what's on it until I decide...  :-\
Many of my old Stranglers tapes have gone.
Title: Re: Stranglers (new download single)
Post by: Uli on September 11, 2010, 01:27:32 PM
36 years ago today the Stranglers registered their name:
http://www.stranglers.net/Feature_07_anniversary.html
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on October 26, 2010, 05:55:36 PM
Jet Black interview:
http://www.stranglers.net/Feature_09_Jet.html
Title: Re: Stranglers (new download single)
Post by: Uli on December 22, 2010, 08:39:45 PM
Stranglers website is promising a few things:
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In the pipeline
Later in December we will be bringing you an exclusive rare interview with band enigma Dave Greenfield covering a wide range of topics. Also, on Christmas day at 3pm, band founder Jet will address the Stranglers' nation via ratter about his views on all things Christmas. A real festive treat is in store...
8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on January 07, 2011, 01:32:51 PM
Dave Greenfield interview:
http://www.stranglers.net/Feature_10_Dave.html

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Many early reviewers drew comparisons with Ray Manzarek yet you’ve always maintained that you hadn’t listened to the Doors before joining the Stranglers. So, who were your main influences?

The only tracks by the Doors I knew were Light My Fire & Riders on the Storm. Before I joined my main influences were probably Jon Lord (Deep Purple) & then Rick Wakeman (Yes).

Critics constantly excluded the Stranglers from the Punk movement because of the presence of your keyboards. Do you feel that your particular instrument set the band apart from your peers?

Yes, certainly. But I considered we were New Wave rather than Punk.

Apparently they're working on new material.
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2011 is set to be another busy year for the band. They already have a packed Spring gig itinerary including the "Black and Blue" UK tour and some European dates. They are also hard at work on new material for the follow up to Suite XVI.
  8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on February 22, 2011, 01:04:04 AM
http://www.music-news.com/showreview.asp?H=The-Stranglers&nReviewID=6776
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 20, 2011, 11:09:26 AM
New tour for next March:

Full details of UK tour March 2012

Details have now been confirmed for the Spring 2012 UK tour. The 18 date schedule kicks off at Leeds O2 Academy on the 1st of March and finishes up at the Manchester Academy on the 24th.

A pair of Scottish dates see a return to the Alhambra in Dunfermline, which the band last visited in 2010, as well as Glasgow O2 Academy. For the London date, the band return to their early home-from-home, the Roundhouse, which was also scene of the triumphant 30th anniversary Rattus Revisited gig in November 2007.

Gigs are also booked at Lincoln Engine Shed and Leamington Spa Assembly, both of which have played host to the band in recent years. The tour visits the birthplace of The Stranglers, Guildford, for their first non-festival gig in the city since 1999. They will appear at the G-Live venue, which is a new development on the site of the old Civic Hall that played host to them many times over the years.

Special guests on the tour are celtic folk-rockers The Popes and singer/songwriter Mike Marlin also returns for another value-for-money three band bill.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, the 23rd, at 10am and are available through www.gigsandtours.com plus other online ticket agencies. Please remember that you can also purchase tickets for any/all O2 gigs at any O2 venues direct without any booking fees. See you on tour...


Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 20, 2011, 11:35:55 AM
Like the snap of Jet with an oxygen mask on the tour poster on their website!

http://www.stranglers.net/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 20, 2011, 12:15:24 PM
Thanks for the info, nice pic too!  :D
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on September 20, 2011, 12:41:02 PM
See what you mean about the pic - Nice touch!

(http://www.stranglers.net/Stranglers/2012%20tour%20ad.jpg)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 20, 2011, 01:18:54 PM
Why can't I do that! I need a tutorial next time your are over Alan, although I suspect that you may have to play around with my settings - fnarr, fnarr!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on December 21, 2011, 12:35:23 PM
A few German gigs lined up for 2012, hope to make one of them!

21 April Berlin C-Club
 
23 April Hamburg Fabrik
 
24 April Cologne Luxor
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on January 03, 2012, 03:20:39 PM
New album "Giants" should be out before/during the March tour!  :)

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2012 is set to be a packed year for the band...

Their eagerly anticipated new studio album Giants will be unleashed on the world in the spring. We hope to have full details about Giants very soon including full tracklisting and cover image. Watch this space...
http://www.stranglers.net/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on January 16, 2012, 04:38:48 PM
http://www.music-news.com/shownews.asp?H=The-Stranglers-release-Giants&nItemID=47818
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on January 16, 2012, 06:28:57 PM
Thanks for the link!  8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on January 24, 2012, 12:04:30 PM
First review by John Robb - good as it is, I don't like the fact that he dismisses the 90s albums as a whole, because I'd really enjoyed their 1995 album "About Time".  >:(
http://louderthanwar.com/featured/the-stranglers-giants-album-review

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Mainstream radio is lost these days, too concerned with everything apart from the music. The best bands operate on their own terms, let them come to you!

Very true!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on January 24, 2012, 02:31:47 PM
First review by John Robb - good as it is, I don't like the fact that he dismisses the 90s albums as a whole, because I'd really enjoyed their 1995 album "About Time".  >:(
http://louderthanwar.com/featured/the-stranglers-giants-album-review

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Mainstream radio is lost these days, too concerned with everything apart from the music. The best bands operate on their own terms, let them come to you!

Very true!

I've liked all the albums. There were a few weak songs with Paul singing but also some crackers and hidden jems. I just wish some of the folk over at The Stranglers Forums would get over the fact that Cornwell isn't in the band. It's been 22 years. He's done some excellent work himself in that time but some people don't think you can like both. I think the current line-up easily matches up to the best of the 70's and 80's stuff. Looking forward to hearing the studio versions of the new songs.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on February 01, 2012, 11:41:36 AM
Good interview with JJ Burnel about the new album, tour etc.:
http://www.stranglers.net/Feature_17_JJ_Giants.html

Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Nick on February 02, 2012, 11:11:33 AM
J.J. Burnel is apparently going to be on the One Show on friday 3rd feb. BBC1 at 7pm.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on February 02, 2012, 02:28:54 PM
Wot?

Even one member of The Stranglers on prime-time BBC 1?

It's the end of the world as we know it...
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on February 02, 2012, 02:49:44 PM
Apparently it is true:
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Updated-We have just been advised that JJ is now appearing on the programme on Friday 3rd February 2012 at 7pm. Apologies for the late change...

Following his recent appearance on the Top Of The Pops 1977 documentary, JJ is back on the BBC again this week. He features on BBC1's The One Show this Thursday the 2nd Of February which starts at 7pm. We will post an iPlayer link once it is live...
http://www.stranglers.net/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on February 02, 2012, 02:52:20 PM
Just having a second listen to their new single via that link on their website - naff pop song with JJ's bass covering a multitude of sins I reckon so far.

It may grow on me...
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on February 02, 2012, 02:53:48 PM
Haven't heard that yet. But the new album is said to be "varied", so I wouldn't worry about one weak song...
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on February 02, 2012, 02:57:05 PM
Oh, I'm not worried!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on February 02, 2012, 03:01:31 PM
http://www.kerrangradio.co.uk/listen-again

Select Tuesday - song starts, after The Buzzcocks and "Boredom", about 1.06.17.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on February 02, 2012, 03:13:55 PM
Oh, I'm not worried!

Why not? That new song isn't their strongest indeed.  :-\
Thanks for the link, found it here as well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWPr92fm6c0

Above mentioned JJ interview lets me look forward to the tour:
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Your touring schedule kicks off in March. How many of the new songs would you like to include in your set?

I think not more than four or five because there are lots of older songs we'd like to revive for the hell of it, just for fun. to rediscover old friends. It's always difficult, and it gets more and more difficult with each new album, because we've got more and more material to choose from.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on February 04, 2012, 06:21:29 PM
Now this is more like it! An instrumental version of one new track called Lowlands, sounds great to my ears!
http://soundcloud.com/chapple-davies/the-stranglers-lowlands
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on February 05, 2012, 09:11:09 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bqn6y

The Story of "No More Heroes" starts about 41.30 - oh, and a couple of brief Adverts clips too!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on February 10, 2012, 11:09:12 AM
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JJ appeared on the roundtable single review section of Steve Lamacq's show on BBC6 Music.

They chatted about Giants and the forthcoming tour with Steve and fellow panelist Keith Cameron who both selected Mercury Rising as their favourite track from the album. Music journalist Keith also revealed his first live gig was seeing the Meninblack tour at Glasgow Apollo back in '81. Steve played Time was once.. earlier in the programme
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bpqft
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on February 28, 2012, 07:25:38 PM
Apparently the Stranglers are on the BBC's Breakfast Show on BBC 1 tomorrow I guess around 8.45 / 9.15am
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on February 29, 2012, 10:08:23 AM
Quite a fun interview complete with some good clips of their Round House Anniversary gig; surprisingly Sian seemed to be a real fan and even saw them on the Nice and Sleazy tour.... anyway if interested it will be up on: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/breakfast/default.stm just fast forward to around 8.55am
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on February 29, 2012, 07:18:42 PM
Thanks for reporting! Looking forward to the album now (should be available in Germany from March 9th)!

Latest news:
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Interview in the Times newspaper

In today's Times supplement there is a two page interview with the band which focuses on their characters and lives. Lots of interesting facts like what car Dave drives, what Jet thinks of X Factor and even a mention of 'farmyard Fanta'!!!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 10, 2012, 12:06:56 PM
Album review:
http://www.music-news.com/showreview.asp?H=The-Stranglers&nReviewID=7941

I've heard the album once since it arrived yesterday and am well impressed!  8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on March 10, 2012, 01:51:37 PM
Album review:
http://www.music-news.com/showreview.asp?H=The-Stranglers&nReviewID=7941

I've heard the album once since it arrived yesterday and am well impressed!  8)

I'm probably biased being a lifelong fan but this album is up there with the best. I've listened to it about 10 times now and I can't find anything about it I don't like. There's usually a track or two that don't entirely convince on first listening but not this one. It's instant. Not a bad thing I can say. The wait was worth it.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on March 10, 2012, 04:13:29 PM
Maybe I'll give it a chance then...... Last Stranglers album I bought was Live: Certificate X....
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: claret999 on March 10, 2012, 10:06:43 PM
Off to see them at Manchester Academy on 24th (Last gig of uk Tour) can`t wait now after all the reviews I`ve read from Glasgow , Leeds, Liverpool etc.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on March 11, 2012, 03:23:34 PM
Maybe I'll give it a chance then...... Last Stranglers album I bought was Live: Certificate X....

Well, it is a good live album. That was thier 4th release. The new album is thier 17th studio set!  ;D
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on March 11, 2012, 03:47:57 PM
Yep I had all the Stranglers albums up until Live: Certificate X, but Minblack and the Raven etc didn't do it for me...
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 12, 2012, 07:14:02 PM
Still enjoying the new album. JJ's bass sound cuts through skin and bone here - that's how we wanna hear it!  8)
Also looking forward to a gig in April!

Alan, you got some catching up to do. There were some good tracks, even on the weaker albums...
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 20, 2012, 11:20:25 AM
Latest interview:
http://jonnyabrams.blogspot.de/2012/03/interview-stranglers.html
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 14, 2012, 04:33:29 PM
I'm off for a few days, going to see The Stranglers live! (Last time was in 2004, so I'm really looking forward to it.)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: claret999 on April 14, 2012, 11:15:10 PM
You have a real treat instore Uli, they were brilliant in Manchester last month 1st time I`ve seen them and Baz Warne is a great front man.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 16, 2012, 06:38:59 PM
Yeah, claret, it was a very good concert indeed!
We enjoyed the short stay in Zuerich (even though it's fuckin' expensive and the weather was far from perfect).  :)

Mike Marlin was the support act, sounded okay, had nice songs, but that "special something" was missing to really convince me. Here's an example from Glasgow:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXZc6UdR0qs

The wait for the main act made me nervous as usual (even after 100s of gigs, strange). Finally we heard the intro tape playing "Waltzinblack"!  8)
The Stranglers played a long set (about 2 hours), incl. many old songs, the "hits", a few "rarities" and some tracks from the new album (and I gotta say most of these sounded as good as the old ones!). I loved JJ's bass sound (he's gotta be one of the best and coolest bassists on the planet), Baz was good on guitar & vocals (JJ did sing some as well, which I enjoyed too, especially "The Raven"), Greenfield played his typical keyboard parts, the replacement drummer did a good job (forgot his name, sorry), sadly Jet Black wasn't too well and couldn't travel with the band. All in all a great show!
The place wasn't too big, you could tell the band is used to playing bigger halls, as their backdrop was too "giant" for this stage, which resulted in Baz announcing "hello, we are the tanglers" or something like this!  ;D
The Swiss audience loved them, lots of singing along with the hits. Great band, hope to catch them again one day!
Photos:
http://tracks-magazin.ch/?p=570
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: claret999 on April 16, 2012, 09:54:15 PM
I knew you`d enjoy it Uli !  Jet was not on the drums at the Manchester gig we went to either, he had been taken ill with breathing problems at the soundcheck at Oxford a few days before. The replacement drummer is jet`s full time drum tec and I think he is called Ian Barnard, only in his early 20`s but he did a good job in Manchester too. He has had to stand in quite a few times in recent years.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 17, 2012, 11:05:22 AM
Nice video feat. 3 songs (soundwise the bass is not half as loud as it was at the gig):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zylzidYg8K4

The replacement drummer is jet`s full time drum tec and I think he is called Ian Barnard, only in his early 20`s but he did a good job in Manchester too. He has had to stand in quite a few times in recent years.

Yeah, I knew about that, so I wasn't too shocked about Jet not being there. Of course his drum tec should know what Jet does.  ;)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on May 06, 2012, 12:18:51 PM
The replacement drummer is jet`s full time drum tec and I think he is called Ian Barnard

Here's an interview with him!
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=5929
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on June 05, 2012, 01:17:28 PM
3 songs live from a big festival in Germany:
http://www.swr3.de/musik/rock-am-ring-2012/videos/Best-of-The-Stranglers/-/id=1453970/did=1568512/m7r8ja/index.html
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on August 02, 2012, 08:57:03 AM
Interview with Jet:
http://punkglobe.com/jetblackinterview0812.php
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 06, 2012, 10:12:32 AM
JJ looking back at the summer gigs:
http://stranglers-ratter.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/summer-festivals-and-beyond.html

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.. It's gratifying that we are still in such demand and I think it is a direct reflection of the work that we have put into the last few albums. It's also confirmation that somewhere there's a little place in everyone's heart for The Stranglers!
After the summer dates are over, I want to start writing as I've got lots of things that I want to explore.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: GJ on January 28, 2013, 12:49:13 AM
Stranglers tour dates in the paper today and I noticed The Godfathers are supporting. The Stranglers play Edinburgh on the same night 999 are at the Citrus club around the corner-might be a good idea if promoters kept their eyes open! I was tempted to get a ticket for the Stranglers just to see The Godfathers then leave and go to see 999. Then I saw that tickets are £26 plus add ons so I won't bother.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on January 28, 2013, 12:00:27 PM
JJ looking back on "Feline" (released 30 years ago):
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=7351#more-7351

New interview:
http://louderthanwar.com/the-ultimate-stranglers-interview-jj-burnel-opens-up/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 21, 2013, 12:29:50 PM
Another live review:
http://retroman65.blogspot.de/2013/03/the-stranglers-live-at-guildford-g-live.html
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 13, 2013, 12:01:06 PM
JJ looking back on the tour.
http://stranglers-ratter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/feel-it-live-round-up.html
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on February 19, 2014, 02:20:47 PM
Live DVD is gonna be filmed in 2014:

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The final date of the British Ruby anniversary tour at Manchester Academy on 29th March is to be filmed for future DVD release. In addition, a full range of new tshirts and other merchandise will be available on the tour. More details soon…
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=9601

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John Robb has interviewed all four band members of the band at length for the next issue (no 17) of Vive Le Rock magazine. The band also feature on the front cover and the interview includes shots from an exclusive photo session for the magazine taken in London earlier this year.
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=9417

(http://www.thestranglers.net/wp-content/uploads/VLR-Cover-17-150px.jpg)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 05, 2014, 02:35:55 AM
A few words on The Stranglers gig in Lincoln last night from Kim:

"Jet was absent. Baz said he was in Lincoln but not up to it. 9 below zero were really good. The menninblack i thought took a little while to get going and were then really on it.
 
Odd set list but pretty interesting.
 
Am now battered and bruised and knackered. It was worth it tho!
 
Fan forum said jet looked ill in Liverpool Monday night. Dave was on fire! The baby drummer is good I think tho they do take the mick out of him. I wonder if they will save jet for Manchester last gig which is being filmed. Assuming he is well enough to do it. 75 is a fair age to be gigging!"

I'm off to the Nottingham gig next Monday, so I'll report back then.
 
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 05, 2014, 11:19:57 AM
I'm off to the Nottingham gig next Monday, so I'll report back then.

Thanks for sharing Kim's report and looking forward to yours!  8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on March 05, 2014, 12:17:25 PM
I'm going to Hammersmith on Saturday. Taking Xa to try to convince her that they're still a great band. She's one of those who lost interest when Hugh left.

However that's just 'cause she fancied him and that's no way to decide a band's musical merits is it?  ;D
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 05, 2014, 04:22:29 PM
Oh I don't know, Hugh is a bit of a dish...

...and also the only musician I've ever had a quick chat about biochemistry with!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 08, 2014, 10:35:30 AM
John Robb reviews Liverpool - spoiler alert: don't read if you want surprises in the set!

http://louderthanwar.com/the-stranglers-liverpool-live-review/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: claret999 on March 09, 2014, 01:35:37 AM
Going to see them at Manchester on 29th (Last date of tour) I believe they are filming it for a DVD
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 10, 2014, 05:23:43 PM
Just getting ready to go and pay my respects - report back later.

Fredinblack.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on March 10, 2014, 07:52:24 PM
Have fun Fred!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on March 10, 2014, 08:40:13 PM
Enjoyed Hammersmith so much we've decided to go to Southend on Thursday as well. Actually, it's me that's decided...but I'm not hearing any complaints from my wife about it....  ;D

Tickets for Southend were HALF the cost of Hammersmith and I know we'll have better seats and I also know that it has a far superior bar selection.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 11, 2014, 01:07:48 AM
7.45 - 8.30 - The excellent Nine Below Zero played a blinding set that quickly brought the punters out of the bars. Highlights for me were their classic take on "Homework" and "Back on the Road Again", "Eleven Plus Eleven" and "Three Times Enough". HOWEVER, I could have done without the last number - a jazz/funk oddyssey, but I guess Dennis has learned some jazz chords and wanted to show them off!

9 - 11 - The Stranglers (No Jet - his absence wasn't even mentioned). What was mentioned was that they couldn't get the big screen into Rock City that they have been using to put up old photos, etc. to accompany the songs. No matter.

A good mix of classic singles, album tracks and some of the lesser known/less successful tracks from the later Hugh and Roberts/Ellis periods. To be honest, there are good reasons why they were less successful and whilst I applaud them for the idea of including at least one track from each of their albums, in practice some of them lacked the energy of the rest of the set.

Baz is still like an enthusiastic schoolboy who is getting to play with his heroes, and I love that, but he's not the best guitarist in the world. What the hell was he playing in the verses of both "5 Minutes" and "Tramp"? He also just misses bits out that are too tricky e.g. the start of Tramp and the second half of the guitar solo in Something Better Change. Come on Baz - you can get videos/tabs on the Interweb these days to show you how to play this stuff.

Still a cracking night overall - enjoy the shows those of you going to the latter gigs!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 11, 2014, 10:06:02 AM
Thanks for the report! Looking forward to April 13th!  8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 11, 2014, 11:37:56 PM
I'm not - I turn 50 the previous day!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on March 12, 2014, 09:50:04 PM
you old fart
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on March 12, 2014, 09:53:51 PM
Oh, here's an article you may enjoy:


The Stranglers on 40 years of fights, drugs, UFOs and 'doing all the wrong things'

Legend has it the Stranglers started a fight with the Clash, took heroin for a year, exploited strippers on stage, and incited a riot in Nice. But the truth was often much worse....


http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/12/stranglers-40-years-fights-drugs-ufos
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 12, 2014, 10:20:09 PM
Enjoyed that - Ta!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 13, 2014, 09:44:00 AM
I'm not - I turn 50 the previous day!

The Stranglers celebrate 40 and you 50, that fits. Even though it means you're older than the Stranglers!  :o

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/12/stranglers-40-years-fights-drugs-ufos

Cheers, fun to read this!   8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 13, 2014, 11:56:41 AM
...and I feel it!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 13, 2014, 09:34:57 PM
Rock City Reviews (Warning - set spoiler alert!):

http://platform-online.net/2014/03/review-the-stranglers-rock-city-10314/?fb_action_ids=10203504752198109&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B1431712207066801%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.likes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

A few links of interest in this one too:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Review-Stranglers-Rock-City/story-20792153-detail/story.html
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 16, 2014, 12:10:08 PM
http://thequietus.com/articles/14627-stranglers-jj-burnel-interview
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 17, 2014, 12:50:06 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWDBcADkjlM&feature=share
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 24, 2014, 12:22:02 AM
Leeds sounded like a cracker - a few words from Kim:

"I know I am biased, but the boys in black were on form. No Jet sadly, but they kicked arse and seemed very jolly. Baz gave a highly entertaining nod to a fan who was there last year and then suffered a heart attack and couldn't remember the gig. His wife had written into The Stranglers website, and according to Baz, the guy missed Jet Black bare arsed riding a baby elephant across the stage!

A few adjustments to the set. No North Winds, and you will be relieved to hear no Tramp, we did get Walk on By though which is a personal favourite."

I actually love Tramp - I just prefer it when the guitarist is playing the same song as the rest of the band!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 24, 2014, 12:23:22 AM
Have you seen what that Paul Roberts is up to now?

http://www.paulrobertsswing.co.uk/

Swing?

Once a knob, always a knob!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on March 24, 2014, 01:45:16 PM
Have you seen what that Paul Roberts is up to now?

http://www.paulrobertsswing.co.uk/

Swing?

Once a knob, always a knob!

Yes. And spends a lot of time in Brighton too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqCYrgOVg3E

Although, to be fair, The Stranglers had a bash at 'swing' a couple of times before he even joined.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iroasvdjYQQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGXzYshhhIU
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 24, 2014, 01:46:45 PM
http://www.paulrobertsswing.co.uk/

Swing?

Yeah terrible, musicians doing what they want... what has the world come to?  :P
 ;D
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 24, 2014, 02:27:43 PM
All fair points, but he was then, and still remains, a knob!

(Uli - did you mean terrible musician? I do hope so!)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 24, 2014, 08:13:34 PM
I liked the Stranglers even with Paul Roberts, especially "About Time" and "Norfolk Coast" (and saw them live with the tours for those albums)... But somehow I wasn't sad when he left.

April is closer now, looking forward.  8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 24, 2014, 10:18:52 PM
I liked the music too, but not his annoying stage antics and the way he used to fanny around when "singing" the old classics.

What a knob!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 25, 2014, 12:34:08 PM
Yeah, I had to get used to his onstage behaviour...  ::)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 29, 2014, 08:54:34 PM
Kim reports two drum kits at Manchester tonight - I guess Jet will be on the DVD.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 30, 2014, 11:17:04 AM
Stranglers fans recently voted for their Top 40 tracks:

http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=9933#more-9933

Wonder where they got that idea from?

Seriously, I think it's rather sad/very telling that all but two of the songs are from Hugh's days with them, and most of them are early songs at that.

We've done this "fan chart" for Teev several times and Tim's fans seem to follow his career far more rather than just cling to his Adverts and Explorers days.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 30, 2014, 02:57:42 PM
A few words from kiminblack about Manchester last night:

"It was fabulous. 9 below did a song for Wilko again to big applause.

It was rammed full and very hot. I had to get out at one point to cool down before I keeled over! I caught the encore from the back where there was actually air!
 
Jet did 3 songs including genetics.

Cant wait for July now..."
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: claret999 on March 30, 2014, 04:03:40 PM
Fully agree with Kiminblack, The Stranglers last night were Awesome in Manchester (sold out gig), the best I`ve ever seen them. My wife has seen them 3 times now and is not a massive fan (she just comes with me to make a weekend of it) and even she said she thought they were brilliant last night.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on March 30, 2014, 05:43:03 PM
Nice one matey - glad you all had a great gig!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on March 31, 2014, 02:09:01 PM
Seriously, I think it's rather sad/very telling that all but two of the songs are from Hugh's days with them, and most of them are early songs at that.
We've done this "fan chart" for Teev several times and Tim's fans seem to follow his career far more rather than just cling to his Adverts and Explorers days.

Agreed. 50% of my current Stranglers favourites would be post-Hugh.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 03, 2014, 09:01:39 AM
Quote
The forthcoming show at the legendary Olympia in Paris on Monday 7th April is to be shown as an online webcast by ARTE.
It can be viewed worldwide and the complete webcast will be streamed for six months. Hope you enjoy it…

http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=10025
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on April 07, 2014, 01:00:19 PM
Quote
The forthcoming show at the legendary Olympia in Paris on Monday 7th April is to be shown as an online webcast by ARTE.
It can be viewed worldwide and the complete webcast will be streamed for six months. Hope you enjoy it…

http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=10025


In 7 hours at this link...
http://concert.arte.tv/fr/stranglers-lolympia
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 07, 2014, 01:40:14 PM
Well I will wait until later (will be available for six months, apparently), because I want some surprises on Sunday!!  :)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 14, 2014, 11:16:04 AM
Great gig last night. Many old classics being played (No More Heroes, Grip, Hanging Around, Peaches, Nice & Sleazy), not forgetting the 80's hits, newer songs from latest album "Giants" plus some "rarities", what more could you want?
JJ Burnel once more showing what a "lead bass guitar" is.  :) Band playing with lots of energy.
Some highlights for me: Freedom Is Insane (in fact I told Chrissie before the gig that I'd like to hear this one), Relentless, Nuclear Device, Never To Look Back etc. etc.!  8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 23, 2014, 07:47:37 PM
http://www.contactmusic.com/story/the-stranglers-drummer-refuses-to-retire-due-to-ill-health_4164867
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on April 27, 2014, 07:19:48 PM
I love this slide guitar-heavy demo of Bitching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFQ9bdoniwg
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on April 27, 2014, 07:32:02 PM
I love this slide guitar-heavy demo of Bitching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFQ9bdoniwg

Produced by Ian Gomm.  :D
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on April 27, 2014, 07:33:06 PM
And , Oh Mighty Font of all things Stranglers, I assume Hugh played the slide as Hans was gone by then?
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on May 07, 2014, 12:44:17 PM
http://www.bookdepository.com/Peaches-Chronicle-Stranglers-1974-1990-Robert-Endeacott/9780957570047?b=-3&t=-20#Fulldescription-20
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on May 24, 2014, 10:47:11 AM
Interview with Baz looking back at recent touring and also "Norfolk Coast" (2004):
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=10159
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on May 29, 2014, 02:53:13 PM
VERY funny - just seen this passed on by Alan and far too good not to re-twitter or whatever you call it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ezwvmPqPZk
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on May 29, 2014, 04:52:36 PM
VERY funny - just seen this passed on by Alan and far too good not to re-twitter or whatever you call it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ezwvmPqPZk

Most amusing. Posted on the official FB page so the guys must think it's funny too. :)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on July 05, 2014, 10:25:50 AM
Interview with JJ:
http://writewyattuk.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/ruby-celebrations-showcase-stranglers-survival-instincts-the-jean-jacques-burnel-interview/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on July 11, 2014, 11:24:56 PM
cracking night in Hull yesterday, don't think I have heard Go Buddy Go live before but who knows cant remember its been 40 years after all! The band are really on form and seem to be having great fun. To me the sound was a lot better than Sunday at Preston but it may have been where I was standing. Walk on By, Relentless, Death and Night and Blood + Go Buddy stand outs amongst a great set for me
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on July 19, 2014, 01:16:55 PM
Cheers for the grumpy review.  ;)

Baz looking back on a week of gigs:
http://stranglers-ratter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/that-was-week-that-was.html
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on August 07, 2014, 01:42:00 PM
"Peaches" at number 2 in this list of "best basslines"!  8)

http://www.musicradar.com/news/bass/25-best-basslines-of-all-time-509265/24

Also JJ is at #30 in the list of "60 greatest bass players":
http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/the-60-greatest-bassists-of-all-time-279007/31
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan Grundy on August 07, 2014, 10:28:36 PM
Can't believe Norman Watt-Roy didn't get a mention in either of the categories!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on August 08, 2014, 08:18:04 AM
The whole list is "strange", but good to see JJ and some others in there!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on August 08, 2014, 11:07:11 PM
JJ should be at the top! :) Specially for Princess of the Streets
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 15, 2014, 04:58:28 PM
Interview with JJ (looking back on 40 years etc):
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=10375

Quote
We can now reveal the full itinerary for the band’s spring UK ‘March On’ tour which covers 19 different venues in England, Scotland & Wales. The tour kicks off on the south coast at Brighton Dome 3rd March, hits the band’s spiritual home of Guildford on the 5th and stops off at the legendary Roundhouse on Friday 6th. Winding its way up the country, the tour makes return visits to Southend Cliffs Pavillion and Portsmouth Guildhall as well as crossing the Severn for a Cardiff gig at University Y Plas.  Traditional tour finale Manchester Academy is on the 21st. Finally, the tour heads over the border into Scotland, the band play at Kilmarnock Great Hall on 26th and Aberdeen Beach Ballroom on 27th before the tour climaxes at the O2 Academy in Glasgow on Saturday 28th.
http://www.thestranglers.net/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: claret999 on September 18, 2014, 11:32:06 PM
I`ll be there in Manchester again as usual. They filmed the one at Manchester Academy this year for a "Ruby Aniversary " DVD but I believe the band did not think they were on their best form on the night so no release, personally I thought it was the best I`ve ever seen them.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 20, 2014, 09:19:32 AM
They filmed the one at Manchester Academy this year for a "Ruby Aniversary " DVD ...

Yeah, that was mentioned, haven't heard a word about it since then. Maybe it's still in the making (editing, mastering)?  ???
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on September 20, 2014, 04:21:26 PM
it was a great gig, be a shame if they don't release it. the camera man in front of me did appear to be having 'issues' with his equipment tho. (on the barrier JJs side of the stage)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on November 17, 2014, 06:02:00 PM
The DVD is still on, being released soon:
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=11477
Quote
To commemorate the band’s 40th anniversary, a brand new live DVD filmed on the Ruby tour earlier this year is now available to pre-order from Townsend Music. It  includes footage from both the Paris Olympia show on the 7th of April and the Manchester Academy gig on 29th March which features Jet on drums. The band were on blistering form and the tracklisting is a mammoth, career-spanning 27 songs covering Hanging Around through to Freedom Is Insane. In addition, the DVD has bonus features of a special exclusive Ruby tour interview with all band members and the slideshow of fan submitted photos which featured on the Ruby backdrop frames during No More Heroes. The DVD comes in a ruby red case, is Region 0/NTSC compatible and will be despatching from Townsend Music from the 1st of December. Relive those Ruby tour memories time and again…a perfect Christmas gift…
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on January 23, 2015, 10:32:31 AM
Interview with Baz about the upcoming UK tour etc.:
http://louderthanwar.com/stranglers-interview/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on January 30, 2015, 06:34:46 PM
great to see Jet Black on BBC Breakfast today! Baz and JJ hardly got a word in. Its on iplayer and you tube hopefully. March on!!!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: slaughterboy on January 30, 2015, 07:20:56 PM
JJ Burnell was on good form, getting told off by Mark Radcliffe for 'bad language' rather hilariously, on BBC 6Music today.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 13, 2015, 05:46:51 PM
Another Baz interview:
https://writewyattuk.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/march-on-with-the-stranglers-the-baz-warne-interview/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on March 18, 2015, 10:41:50 PM
on form in Leeds last night and mini uk summer tour and November European dates announced, no Jet but Jim played a blinder roll on rock city and another rendition of Dead Ringer :) and Down in the Sewer.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 19, 2015, 09:25:03 AM
Thanks for reporting, you're not that grumpy after all!  :)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 21, 2015, 09:50:47 AM
Not really a "must see" for me...  :P

Quote
The Stranglers have been confirmed as special guests on the forthcoming Simple Minds arena tour at the end of November which visits four cities across the UK and Ireland. The gigs take place at London O2 Arena on Thurs 26th, Leeds First Direct Arena on Fri 27th and Glasgow SSE Hydro on Sat 28th before crossing the Irish Sea for a show at the Ireland 3 Arena in Dublin on Sun 29th.
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=12317

Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on April 21, 2015, 11:12:31 AM
Not really a "must see" for me...  :P

Quote
The Stranglers have been confirmed as special guests on the forthcoming Simple Minds arena tour at the end of November which visits four cities across the UK and Ireland. The gigs take place at London O2 Arena on Thurs 26th, Leeds First Direct Arena on Fri 27th and Glasgow SSE Hydro on Sat 28th before crossing the Irish Sea for a show at the Ireland 3 Arena in Dublin on Sun 29th.
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=12317

I haven't seen Simple Minds since 1980.
The O2 London is about 20 minutes from me.
But it'll depend on how expensive the tickets are.
And if I can be arsed to go.  ;D
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 21, 2015, 11:34:28 AM
I haven't seen Simple Minds since 1980.

Saw them supporting the Stones in 2006... was ok, could've been worse...   8)
But that's enough for now.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on April 21, 2015, 03:49:31 PM
Once is once too often - please don't encourage "Johnny and the Self-Abusers"!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 21, 2015, 03:52:45 PM
Good point...  ;D
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on April 22, 2015, 10:09:27 PM
Leeds date would be do able for me and is tempting but will the Stranglers get to play a full set? Don't remember what happened when they were 'special guests' with UB40. Dilemma
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 23, 2015, 10:39:01 AM
Leeds date would be do able for me and is tempting but will the Stranglers get to play a full set?

To me "special guest" makes it sound like they will have 45 minutes or so. Could be wrong though...  :-\
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on April 23, 2015, 11:03:58 AM
Hmmm... Let me see:

45 minutes of The Stranglers

VS

Up to two hours of the Simple Minds (Let's say 1.45 with time off for good behaviour!)

Let's just work that out...

Possible solutions:

1. Go and see The Stranglers and leave after that (but have to pay full price).

2. Stay at home and listen/watch The Stranglers live on CD/DVD. Put money saved towards seeing a proper Stranglers gig.

3. Go to pub and spend money saved by not giving it to Jim Kerr.

Hope this helps!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: GJ on April 23, 2015, 12:57:54 PM
Option 3 looks good!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on April 23, 2015, 11:25:50 PM
It's my favourite one too!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on April 24, 2015, 10:15:33 PM
quite like that option Fred but will probably go and see The Stranglers in July in York  instead
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on April 24, 2015, 10:28:59 PM
Option 2!

An excellent choice Madam.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on June 09, 2015, 08:56:35 PM
Anyone know anything about this rather nice version of "Hanging Around" from back in the day?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVR5gytdWZ8&list=RD6tq2tkkQ8YA&index=4
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on June 29, 2015, 12:53:20 PM
http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Eden-digs-Ace-Spades/story-26797309-detail/story.html
Quote
There can be no doubt that The Stranglers stole the show, though. They absolutely rocked; they played every hit you could want to hear, they were entertainingly rude about Glastonbury, they engaged with the whole Eden festival spirit, and they left the place buzzing.

I had almost forgotten classic tracks like Nice 'n' Sleazy and their driven cover version of Walk On By and it was a thrill to be reminded of them. You knew that No More Heroes would be the finale, and a properly thrilling one it was too.

And I thought I had died and gone to punky new wave heaven when they played Peaches – a song that I have loved since forever. I was utterly entranced and enthralled.

They were magnificent and clearly still at the top of the game.

Which was just as well as Motörhead, who came on after them, were merely good rather than brilliant and the evening would have been a tad disappointing if The Stranglers hadn't set it up so well.
Read more: http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Eden-digs-Ace-Spades/story-26797309-detail/story.html#ixzz3eS2cUNJh
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on July 15, 2015, 12:34:55 AM
Fibbers in York Monday twas great! only about 500 people, sweating hot and I reckon Baz probably lost a stone, JJ  cool as always. It would be a great venue for TV!  I went onto Bazs side on a sort of raised bit where there is a bar and although I only saw Dave when he went on and off stage and didn't see Jim at all I don't think I could have handled the barrier last night. Plus excellent view of JJ & Baz!

Good security guy stood in front of me and I complained and he moved! I did thank him at the end. similar set list to March they are having a real laugh it appears much jocularity and messing about between JJ and Baz. Norfolk Coast, Relentless and NMH were stand out for me but there wasn't a duff one really. Epic five minutes and something better change. Golden Brown and Peaches got a well received outing but the mix of the newer stuff was also well received and there was I would say almost 50/50 older younger audience. Sell out gig unsurprisingly.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on July 15, 2015, 05:02:28 PM
Glad you enjoyed it Kim - nice one!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on July 16, 2015, 09:17:49 AM
Thanks for the review!  8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on August 09, 2015, 12:07:04 PM
Good bit of footage from the Stranglers at the Belladrum Festival last night. Even a little interview with JJ. BBC Alba on the watch again thing now.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on August 09, 2015, 12:41:23 PM
Good bit of footage from the Stranglers at the Belladrum Festival last night. Even a little interview with JJ. BBC Alba on the watch again thing now.

Also here on YouTube...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7NeWxoeUN8
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on October 15, 2015, 03:00:12 PM
Further to The Stranglers being added as 'Special Guests' on Simole Mind's tour they've collaborated on a new version of The Stranglers' '(Get A) Grip (On Yourself).

To be available as a download or a limited edition 7".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWjrLPH2-Ps&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on October 15, 2015, 03:57:13 PM
Oh no!

Nooooooooooo!

There is no god!

If Jim (wan)Kerr is going to "sing" a classic, at least learn the words and put some effort in.

I may have to file for divorce from The Stranglers.

Awful, just awful.

Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on October 15, 2015, 05:55:15 PM
well could've been worse....
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on October 15, 2015, 06:15:41 PM
Thinking about giving it a miss...  :-\

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/features/2015-10-15/simple-minds-and-stranglers-get-a-grip
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on October 15, 2015, 08:23:46 PM
No one with any knowledge/love of music should EVER work with anyone responsible for this abomination:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDFnozV1eVk

Oh JJ!

Oh Dave!

What were you thinking?!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on October 30, 2015, 11:15:51 AM
A quick catch up with JJB
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=12965#more-12965

Quote
We’re getting offers from all over the world. I thought that this year was going to be quiet so I could concentrate on writing but it didn’t turn out that way! When the offers are there and they’re interesting, and we’re selling tickets, it’s an absolute joy to go to places where people want to see us.

With all this time spent touring have you had any opportunity to work on new material with Baz?

Yes, that’s what we’ve been doing for the last five days (NB Baz and JJ had just spent some time together). All the time we’re collecting ideas, it might be just a riff, a lyrical line or something. We’ve got a few fully arranged pieces which we’re going to start rehearsing at soundchecks in Europe I think. We’ve got four or five other ideas that we need to fully develop. It’s a good start.

Is there a chance of any of the new tracks getting a live airing in March?

I think that new material might be premiered in March, before we record it, that’s the plan…
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on February 01, 2016, 10:02:13 AM
http://www.365bristol.com/story/2016/01/31/interview-with-baz-warne-from-the-stranglers-playing-in-bristol-on-19-march-2016/2070/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on March 10, 2016, 10:29:38 PM
I expected the black & white tour to be fairly epic and at Rock City on Monday night it was. Very weird to see the album I listened to it all those years ago over and over again played live now and sounding so spot on,  then straight into a real mix of some of the rest of their stuff starting with Grip. On the night In the shadows was standout for me as was relentless. the banging of the bass prior to NMH  intro shook the place to its foundations talk about feel it live! Oh and the Alarm were enjoyable too and seemed to really enjoy themselves,  respect to Mike Peters for getting out there and doing something about the disease he is suffering from
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on March 11, 2016, 06:42:10 PM
Kim great review on Louder than war web-site too for the B & W tour.. which agrees with you that Shadow is the stand-out moment
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on March 15, 2016, 01:05:54 PM
Gary Crowleys Punk & New Wave Show on Soho Radio today at 4pm is a Stranglers special...
This is the link for when the show goes out live.
http://www.sohoradiolondon.com/player/
It will later be uploaded to Mixcloud as usual.

Gary's post on Facebook:
''We're back @ 4pm on Soho Radio today with the latest blast of ”GC's Punk & New Wave Show”.
And it's a Stranglers Special today. Eugene at Vive Le Rock magazine was telling me over coffee yesterday just how good the band were on Friday night at the Brixton Academy. I last saw them in concert myself at the Roundhouse a few years back and the place went absolutely ballistic.
 So we're asking YOU today for your favourite Stranglers song, album and memory.
 Song? For me today, it has to be the punky, infectious drive of their debut single "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)" and memories of those early Top Of The Pops performances. And album? Today i'm going with their 3rd album ‘Black And White’, which saw them in 1978 continue to push their aggressive and distinctive sound even further.
 But what about you? Which ones are your favourites and why?
 Leave your comments below and me and Jim will read them out on air when we go 'live' at 4pm @''
https://www.facebook.com/garycrowleyonair?fref=nf
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 27, 2016, 02:57:28 PM
Quote
Enough Time-never played live before this year, fully realised on this tour complete with morse code message and slowed down ending. Folkestone '16
https://youtu.be/SgiUAqOzDi8
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on March 27, 2016, 07:06:05 PM
Quote
Enough Time-never played live before this year, fully realised on this tour complete with morse code message and slowed down ending. Folkestone '16
https://youtu.be/SgiUAqOzDi8

And a new, 2016 studio version is available on this...
http://stranglers.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=27731
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Alan on March 27, 2016, 09:05:36 PM
This tour was pretty sensational...
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 28, 2016, 09:28:53 AM
Here's an extensive review of 2 gigs:
http://retroman65.blogspot.de/2016/03/the-stranglers-black-and-white-at.html
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on March 28, 2016, 01:38:06 PM
Cheers Uli hadn't seen those. I went to Nottingham and Leeds and enjoyed both a lot! Princess of the Streets in Leeds was epic, love JJ on vocals and he really went for it.   Norfolk Coast now (post PR) is a real joy and really flies. I always enjoy Relentless live and all the stuff new and old takes on an enhanced dimension  particularly when the band look like they are loving it! JJs bass banging in Leeds must have shifted foundations the whole place shook
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 15, 2016, 08:56:59 AM
Baz writes about the making of "Suite XVI" (released 10 years ago this week):
http://stranglers-ratter.blogspot.de/2016/09/suite-xvi.html

Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 15, 2016, 12:45:39 PM
Knob!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 15, 2016, 02:31:49 PM
Ha ha - strange, I thought you might like that one...  :-\
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 15, 2016, 06:14:48 PM
I didn't say who was the knob!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 15, 2016, 06:41:50 PM
If I'd thought you meant me, you would already be banned for 2 weeks...  :P
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 15, 2016, 10:26:44 PM
You Uli?

Was it Baz?

Was it Knobby McKnobface the old singer?

Both?

Me?

All of the above?
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 16, 2016, 07:36:56 AM
I didn't say who was the knob!

Just a few hours later it dawned on me... of course you were talking P. Roberts... how could I not guess?  ::)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 16, 2016, 11:51:49 AM
The knob spoiled them for me!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on September 16, 2016, 12:28:29 PM
What 'the knob' is doing now....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJgE0R8V5VA&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 16, 2016, 12:40:40 PM
No wonder comments are disabled - knob!

I can never un-see this...
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 16, 2016, 01:15:38 PM
Thaaanks, now I know what I really didn't need to know...  :'(
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 16, 2016, 02:35:24 PM
Surely some form of Health and Safety, or at least good taste, warning should have been issued prior to pressing Play on that clip?
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 19, 2016, 11:05:13 AM
Stranglers on tour in spring next year and with Ruts DC too!  8)

http://louderthanwar.com/stranglers-announce-march-2017-tour-ruts-dc-special-guests/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 19, 2016, 11:14:33 AM
Much more like it!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Rockula on September 19, 2016, 12:44:06 PM
Much more like it!

With Ruts DC supporting I reckon I'll go to one or two.
But over at the Stranglers 'Burning Up Time' fan forum there's nothing but whinging.
''Oh dear, they're playing all the most familiar, classic tunes and aren't including that obscure 'B' side I love that nobody knows so I'm not going' and various tedious posts like that. ;)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on September 19, 2016, 01:59:21 PM
''Oh dear, they're playing all the most familiar, classic tunes and aren't including that obscure 'B' side I love that nobody knows so I'm not going' ...

Which is exactly why I hate most of my former fave bands now...  ;)

Well I guess I'm glad not to be part of that forum. Burning up too much time anyway.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 19, 2016, 10:15:11 PM

''Oh dear, they're playing all the most familiar, classic tunes and aren't including that obscure 'B' side I love that nobody knows so I'm not going' ...

Knobs!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 27, 2017, 08:53:44 AM
http://www.thestranglers.net/?p=14407

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Immediately after the last gig of the British tour in March, we seized the opportunity to catch up with Baz and ask him a few questions. Although we focused mainly on the tour, we also wanted to look forward to the upcoming summer festival season, including just confirmed trips to Europe and the Antipodes, and  what the future holds for the band.
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on November 02, 2017, 09:24:59 AM
From the band's FB, memories about the "No More Heroes" tour:
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40th anniversary of '77 #26: 40 years ago today, at the climax of the huge No More Heroes tour, the band played the first show of a five night run at London's iconic Roundhouse. Less than a year before that, they had been appearing low on the support bill for major artists at the venue. Now they were selling out a string of gigs there as headliners. JJ explains how it felt: 'I remember the sweet sense of revenge after we had been sabotaged at the Roundhouse by Patti Smith's crew the previous year. They switched the PA off so we were just listening to ourselves in the onstage monitors. The bemused audience couldn't hear us and walked off. I was told that week that we had broken the long standing record held by The Who and The Stones for consecutive nights at the Roundhouse. It was kind of a vindication!'

When asked what else he recalled of those gigs, he relayed various memories from the time. JJ: 'I remember that I was still living at West End Road with Wilko (Johnson). Also, I remember a young Scottish student at the stage door asking to put his rucksack in our dressing room. He was a budding journalist and that was the beginning of the 'Ronnie Gurr' situation with The Stranglers (note: involving friendship, a poor review of Black & White and then kidnapping on the Euroman tour!). I remember that I was knocking off Soo Catwoman (well known punk face in London) a couple of nights that week. Debbie Harry came backstage at one gig and she had a 'JJ' badge on! I had a 'Blondie' one on but I can't comment if things went further... During those gigs, I bought my black leather biker jacket from one of the Dictators as he was skint. It was the one Dave wore on the Black & White cover but it was my jacket'.

So, The Stranglers had arrived, following their consistent hard work on the live circuit for the previous three years. At the start of '77, they were a support act at the Roundhouse & were selling out 5 nights by the end!
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on March 08, 2018, 12:07:41 PM
http://louderthanwar.com/stranglerstherapy-o2-academy-liverpool-live-review/
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The Stranglers Definitive Tour with support from Therapy? is a hot ticket this cold spring and opened up in Liverpool, ‘Music City’, where both bands have a strong track record of live performances.

People have been musing on why it is the Definitive Tour but really, when the band hit the stage, they provide all the clarification required with all criteria satisfied. Having returned in triumph from their Australian tour (which is a nice change for an English team) they are match fit and in mid-season form and with a partisan crowd behind them they are nigh on unstoppable.
So, why ‘Definitive’? Well, let’s consider the reasons why, over the past seven or eight years, the band has become one of the most consistently-strong selling bands on the live circuit.
Starting with the set-list, The Stranglers quite simply boast one of the most original and innovative back-catalogues there is and the Spring tour is traditionally the place where they flaunt this to best effect. Trying to avoid spoilers so early in the tour, fans can rest assured that there is the usual mix of non-negotiables and rarely-aired gems.
...
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on April 01, 2018, 10:12:06 PM
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/the-stranglers-review-guildford-setlist-definitive-tour-dates-a8280151.html
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: grumpyinblack on April 03, 2018, 09:49:46 PM
really enjoyed the Menninblack at Lincoln only one of this tour I got to. New song was pretty cool, some really random songs chosen, first time I have ever heard them do Dont bring Harry and Bear Cage live is epic great they included it, Usually Lincoln is early in the March tour but following the trip abroad and being about half way through they were on fire. Did not enjoy the support at all
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on April 04, 2018, 08:52:02 AM
New song was pretty cool, some really random songs chosen, first time I have ever heard them do Dont bring Harry

Sounds good, thanks for reporting!  8)
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Fred21 on September 18, 2018, 12:03:59 PM
New tour next March with "Dr Feelgood"

http://www.thestranglers.co.uk/
Title: Re: Stranglers
Post by: Uli on November 22, 2018, 09:47:06 AM
https://louderthanwar.com/interview-jj-burnel-on-the-stranglers-upcoming-album2019-tour-and-the-band-after-jet-black-and-much-more/
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Celebrating the elements, the Stranglers are in the middle of a three-pronged creative assault.  Whilst they prepare for their annual triumphant March tour celebration of their own history with the added spice of several new songs lined up to add to the classic set (tickets available from here),  they are also in the middle of writing and maybe even recording the much anticipated new album which is slated for an early 2019 release but which LTW feels maybe more likely later in the year. There is also a much-needed documentary, ‘The Stranglers – the movie’ on the band for release next year – a crowd-funded affair which will attempt to cram in the band’s complex story full of wild anecdotes into one film.