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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.