STRAIGHTEN OUT are the worlds' premier Stranglers tribute band... with an extensive set-list that spans two solid hours as they re-create the 'early years' sound of The Stranglers, complete with a Hammond organ and Minimoog synth, the same models used by Mr. Greenfield himself back in the day!
The growling bass sound and the quirky guitar riffs are all there to be heard as is the dual vocal 'attack' from the two frontmen a-la Burnel/Cornwell as they rip through Stranglers' classics... inc. Grip, Something Better Change, Golden Brown, Walk On By, Tank, Straighten Out, 5 Minutes, Down In The Sewer and many more as they cover the Stranglers' early classic albums and beyond...Straighten Out - live and unleashed - will take you on a nostalgia trip that transports you back to those raw, powerful, exhilarating times when The Stranglers emerged through the quagmire of mediocrity to produce some of the finest tunes ever written...Straighten Out will put you back in that place!
Bassist Shaggy and keyboard player Mick ('The Doc') were together in previous Stranglers tribute band 'Four More Heroes' and it was only natural that these two continued on after their demise to form 'Straighten Out' given their love of Stranglers music and the desire to keep playing live ...they set the platform with the growling bass and swirling keyboard sound so essential to reproducing the authentic Stranglers sound ...joining them are Jet 'Beets' Beety on drums and Phil steps up to give you the 'Hugh' element to complete the fearsome foursome...Straighten Out are a 'must see' tribute band who'll leave an indelible impression in your head...
What can you say about Dave Greenfield that hasn't been said already?
From my perspective his playing was haunting, soulful, melodic, dark, witty, manic, beautiful, and complex. And with his own distinctive sound.
I first heard The Stranglers way back in ‘77 at a youth club in Shaw, in the borough of Oldham. I was fifteen at the time, and a friend Martin Walsh (Benny) had the largest collection of Punk singles & albums I'd ever seen, and he was the resident DJ. One the very first tracks I remember hearing him playing by The Stranglers was Straighten out. Not only was I blown away by the band, but the keyboards of Dave Greenfield swirling through the speakers had me captivated instantly! Then came the keyboard solo, the blistering speed of the second part… I'd never heard anything like it! For me that was a life changing moment.
I bought all The Stranglers back catalogue & played them constantly.
In ‘78 I saw for the first time, on Top of The Pops, the men behind this exceptional music. The song was Five Minutes. The dark menacing persona, the attitude, the aggressive attack and Dave playing his keyboard solo drinking a can of beer… how cool was that, I thought.
It wasn't until ‘79 and the release of The Raven that I got to see The Stranglers live at The Apollo in Manchester, we were in the circle seats, and I had a great view of the stage which was dark, but I remember being fascinated by Dave’s ‘Wakeman-like’ keyboard setup with all flashing & blinking lights on the various banks of keyboards. Then the band took to the stage and exploded into Five Minutes. I watched Dave performing his wizardry and it was mind blowing! Shortly after the gig I made the decision to take up keyboards and here I am 40 plus years later doing just that, thanks to the inspiration of Dave Greenfield who was an incredibly talented musician.
When I heard of Dave’s untimely passing, I was profoundly shocked & saddened. We'll never see the like of him again, a true one off.
RIP Dave. Mick Turley.
Mick pays tribute to Dave Greenfield
SAT 18th Jan: SHEFFIELD, The Greystones
SAT 29th Feb: GUILDFORD, The Suburbs
SAT 7th March: GREAT YARMOUTH, Yarmageddon Legends of Rock tribute festival
SAT 21st March: ROTHERHAM, Cutlers Arms (POSTPONED until further notice)
SAT 11th April: TAVISTOCK, The Wharf (POSTPONED until further notice)
SAT 9th May: STAINES, London Stone
(POSTPONED until further notice)
SAT 30th May: GRIMSBY, Yardbirds
(POSTPONED until further notice)
SUN 9th Aug: SHEFFIELD, The Greystones (POSTPONED until further notice)
FRI 28th Aug: BOLTON, The Venue Bar (POSTPONED until further notice)
SAT 29th Aug: LONDON, The Pelton Arms, Greenwich (POSTPONED until further notice)
SAT 5th Sept: COVENTRY, The Arches
(moved to 13th Feb 2021)
SAT 12th Sept: PRESTON, The Continental
(moved to 27th March 2021)
FRI 25th Sept: BATHGATE, The Dreadnought (moved to 2021 see below)
SAT 26th Sept: KIRKCALDY, Windsor Hotel (moved to 2021 see below)
For obvious reasons shows are being postponed. Where you see POSTPONED in our Dates list, the shows will likely be rearranged for a later date, when the virus is under control. Keep checking this site for shows cancelled, as it is updated regularly