Early accusations of The Stranglers being merely old, bearded, Doors-loving band-wagon-jumpers have, in the 35 years since their debut single, come to sound ridiculous. Okay the old, bearded and Doors-loving part wasn't entirely unfair. But the accusations of band-wagon jumping missed the point. After all, The Stranglers had been hiding away up in Guildford breeding an ugly, scuzzy mutation of mid-sixties rock n' roll since the early part of the decade. The rise of punk just allowed them to unleash their creation on an unsuspecting world.
Since I've been on a historical video kick of late (especially after getting reproached for mentioning said videos on blog aggregator Totally Fuzzy), here's a fabulous BBC doc on the band:
Parts 2, 3, 4
The Sessions is an out-of-print collection that covers The Stranglers (more here) two Peel sessions from 1977 and a Kid Jensen session from 1982.
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