These days, The Stranglers
are JJ, Baz Warne (guitar and vocals), Jet Black (drums) and Dave Greenfield (keyboards).
Released at the time when the punk elite were actively trying to branch out into new areas, the Stranglers
didn't have the slightest clue.
Soon the doctorate made way for full time music and he returned to the UK in 1974 to form The Stranglers
with Jet Black and Jean Jacques Burnel.
After all, the Stranglers
are nothing if not consistently talented.
I first tried the experiment two years ago because I had been writing lots of stuff for The Stranglers
on acoustic guitar - although I am known as base player, I was trained as a classical guitarist.
The album was Rattus Norvegicus by The Stranglers
and I'd quite simply heard nothing like it before.
- On Stage, On Screen, out now Virtually every track on this blistering DVD is either a hit or a classic album track from the legendary Stranglers
THIS was, as Cornwell explained himself, 'a game of three halves'; the first set a complete rendition of his 1997 solo album Guilty, the third a collection of Stranglers
classics (many of which he'd not played since leaving the band in 1990) and, in between, a lively 20 minutes from Brothers of Brazil, a 'punkanova' duo from Sao Paolo, on whose hit TV show 62-year-old Cornwell once appeared.
play Carling Academy Liverpool on October 26, tickets are available from the box office or www.
MUSIC legends Blondie and The Stranglers
are heading for this year's Summer Pops.
VIOLENCE, darkness and aggression have always characterised The Stranglers
That The Stranglers
have just celebrated their 25th anniversary speaks volumes, not so much for how easily those ideals were compromised (although they certainly were) but rather how far removed the band really was from the punk ethos.
BAZ Warne is sitting in the spare room of fellow Stranglers
musician JJ Burnel's London pad, looking out at the Thames.
HUGH Cornwell and I have calmed down a fair bit since the days when he was belting out high-octane songs on stage with the Stranglers
while I was pogoing away ferociously, dodging flying seats in the process.
Fan power also extends to the shows' encore; they have been voting through Cornwell's website and the most popular Stranglers
classics will be played at the end of the evening.