Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Stranglers: BBC Live (Hammersmith Odeon, 1982)


By 1982 things were changing in Strangler-land. 1981's La Folie represents kind of a dividing line between the Stranglers (more here) we'd loved to hate (and vice versa) and The Stranglers we'd have to settle for a long, long time. One the one hand, the album has catchy but still snarky tunes like "Duchess":



But then of course the album has the lovely-but-let's-still-call-it-an-ominous sign, "Golden Brown".



I'm done a volte face and am now a proud owner of La Folie (despite the CD re-issues' criminal neglect of "Who Wants the World") but it marks the last Stranglers album of the 20th century in my collection. That said, this never-aired BBC concert, which includes punchier takes on lots of the band's early 80's material, would be a welcome addition to a well-curated Stranglers collection.


Comments on the La Folie-era Stranglers are encouraged!

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    Again, let us know what you think of La Folie-era Stranglers.



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    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?ezr3nhaxksfex9c

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  2. Interesting. Front label says 1981, back says 1982. Any idea what the actual date was for this recording?

    Thanks again for all this stuff. The Stranglers are my favourite band this week.

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  3. Gosh, I haven't heard The Stranglers for ages - they were one of the more underrated bands to survive the test of time from that music era.

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  4. Cheers Jeff. I haven't got this one!


    Longy (unsigned in)

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  5. callpastorjerkfaceMarch 24, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Wait a sec, isn't "Duchess" on The Raven?

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  6. This is a great version of Duchess, thanks for putting up the album. Getting back into the Stranglers recently: still prefer the earlier stuff, but this may change my mind. Keep it up!

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  7. Cheers. For one reason or another I didn't find 'La Folie' until about 1995, but loved it when I did.siess

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  8. Fat Hamster
    Yeah LA Folie is a good one to come to later
    Thanks for all your comments - they are all appreciated.

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