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The Stranglers have scored 42 Top 40 hits since forming in 1974, just as the pomp-rock of endless guitar solos was to be given a sharp kick in the rear by punk.
She said: "Even if you're a staunch Stranglers fan you realise there was something going on in The Specials era too.
The Stranglers still have all the fire and enthusiasm of those early days and mixed rousing versions of older hits such as Who Wants The World, Tank, Five Minutes and No More Heroes with tracks from the new album Norfolk Coast, including their latest single Big Thing Coming The new release sees a return to the familiar heavy bass of JJ Burnel, who boasts a swagger that shows he's still in love with his work.
However, it's not simply a case of saying: 'The Stranglers were a great band, here are seven classic albums to prove it' because there's an awful lot of rubbish here.
Twenty years ago the then non-PC Stranglers would have expected her to take off her top, but then 20 years ago drummer Jet Black wouldn't have ended up going home in an M-reg Fiesta.
As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he enjoyed massive success with ten hit albums and 21 Top 40 singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA's musical psyche with classic songs including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun and Duchess.
the by "I've found that a lot of people have come to me completely independently of the Stranglers - not that they are mutually exclusive - there is a large group of people that are interested in what I do and don't follow the Stranglers," says Hugh.
Musicians such as John Otway, JJ Burnel of the Stranglers and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols, reveal what it was like to appear on Top of the Pops, while fans of the era, including Nicky Wire, Alexis Petridis and Pete Paphides, offer their opinions on the music.
PETE Waterman famously said that there were two great British pop bands: The Beatles and The Stranglers.
ICONIC punk outfit Blondie come to the Echo Arena next Tuesday night for a double header concert with The Stranglers.
FORMER Stranglers songwriter and lead singer Hugh Cornwell straps on his guitar for acoustic special The Stranglers and Beyond at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington on Monday.
Jean Jacques Burnel's The Stranglers play Carling Academy, Glasgow, on March 9Your new album Norfolk Coast is the group's first for five years.