Saturday 31st January
Dinnington Snooker Club
Dinnington (near Sheffield)
Saturday 14th February
Friday 6th March
The Hope And Anchor
Saturday 11th April
Bromley Cross (Bolton)
Saturday 25th April
Saturday 2nd May
Saturday 16th May
Friday 24th July
Saturday 22nd August
Saturday 5th September
Saturday 12th September
The Hope And Anchor
Saturday 26th September
Bromley Cross (Bolton)
Saturday 3rd October
Thursday 22nd October
Friday 23rd October
Saturday 31st October
Saturday 28th Nov
Saturday 12th December
Friday 18th December
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NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!
As you can see on the left, Straighten Out's tour schedule for 2015 is now published.
Keep checking back for updates...
We hope to catch up with you once more as we head north to south, east to west throughout 2015!
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
(May you be thoroughly 'Strangled' by the end of the year!)
Cheers...Straighten Out Team...
The Stranglers came to prominence during the mid-70's and thrived as outlaws on the Punk/New Wave scene that exploded across the UK in the latter period of that decade - much to the annoyance of the contemporary media! Their first three albums 'Rattus Norvegicus', 'No More Heroes' and 'Black and White' spawned such huge 'hits' as: 'Peaches', 'No More Heroes' and 'Nice'n'Sleazy'. These albums, reflecting the times, were full of tunes that were harsh and aggresive yet contained enough melody and humour to further intrigue and excite. 'Peaches' gave The Stranglers their first top-ten chart placing, though the song had to be edited before national radio and television airings were permitted!
Deliberate changes in musical direction then created 'The Raven', 'Men In Black' and 'La Folie' - a trio of exquisite albums that brought to light such tracks as: 'The Raven', 'WaltzinBlack' and 'Golden Brown'. Not resting on their laurels as 'Golden Brown' sales went ballistic, The Stranglers next adopted a more 'european' and acoustic style, augmented at times by a brass section. This shift produced the more gentle 'Feline' and 'Aural Sculpture' albums with prominent hits being 'European Female' and 'Skin Deep'. The rich vein of singles continued as 'Alway's The Sun' and '96 Tears' were taken from the 'Dreamtime' and 'Ten' albums respectfully. A magnificent cover of 'All Day and All of the Night' rocketed into the UK top-ten in the middle of the latter two releases to add to The Stranglers incredible collection.
The band's following significant change in 'style' was structural. Hugh Cornwell departed and Paul Roberts and John Ellis joined as the band metamorphosed into a five-piece with distinctive frontman Paul Roberts taking over on vocals. A quartet of albums 'In The Night', 'About Time', 'Written In Red' and 'Coup de Grace' were released, maintaining the diverse nature of the band, confirmed by the tracks: 'Heaven or Hell', 'Sugar Bullets', 'Golden Boy', 'In Heaven She Walks', 'Coup de Grace' and 'In The End'.
As the millenium arrived, rather than the end of the earth as predicted by some eccentrics, a new star actually appeared in the form of Baz Warne. Baz, as lead guitarist, replaced John Ellis, and the harder edge was back in the band's output as witnessed by the ultimate triumvirate of albums, 'Norfolk Coast', 'Suite XVI' and 'Giants'. Baz also assumed co-vocal duties on 'Suite XVI' and 'Giants' with JJ Burnel as Paul Roberts had retired from the band. This triplet of albums included tracks such as: 'Norfolk Coast', 'Big Thing Coming', 'Dutch Moon', 'Spectre of Love', 'Unbroken', 'Relentless', 'Freedom Is Insane', 'Time Was Once On My Side' and 'Mercury Rising'. Exuding raw energy and subtlety in varying degrees throughout, these albums indicated a resurgence of creativity and activity for the band, reaping critical acclaim for their music and rewarded by swelling crowds on their intensified tours.
With, as ever, Jet Black and Dave Greenfield providing the foundation to the greatest British rock band of all time The Stranglers have produced an extraordinary catalogue of music that is so energetic or calming, evocative or provocative, subtle or 'in your face' - but whatever the mood of music, it's always guaranteed to generate a reaction...
Tremendous versatlity and vigor, innate traits of a band that has maintained it's presence on the world's stages for a staggering five decades...Deservingly so...
A selection of tracks from the vast catalogue: '(Just Get A) Grip (On Yourself)', 'Down In The Sewer', 'Hanging Around', 'Something Better Change', 'Bring On The Nubiles', 'Bitching', 'Straighten Out', 'Toiler On The Sea', 'Tank', 'Walk On By', 'Duchess', 'Thrown Away', 'Who Wants The World?', 'Strange Little Girl', 'No Mercy', 'Midnight Summer Dream', 'Golden Boy', 'Valley Of The Birds', 'Sommat Outta Nowt', 'Giants', 'Boom Boom'
Studio Albums (17): 'Rattus Norvegicus', 'No More Heroes', 'Black And White', 'The Raven', '(The Gospel According To) The Men In Black', 'La Folie', 'Feline', 'Aural Sculpture', 'Dreamtime', 'Ten', 'In The Night', 'About Time', 'Written In Red', 'Coup De Grace', 'Norfolk Coast', 'Suite XVI', 'Giants'.