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.
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