"Rattus Norvegicus" is the first album by The Stranglers, released in 1977. The band's name was printed as "The Stranglers IV" on the sleeve. The album was originally to be entitled "Dead on Arrival" but was changed at the last minute


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Collectors information / Album Description:

 In the realm of punk and new wave music, few albums have left an indelible mark as significant as the 1977 Stranglers' "IV Rattus Norvegicus" 12" Vinyl LP Album. Released during a pivotal period in the genre's evolution, this record stands as a testament to the band's innovation, musicality, and lyrical prowess. With its raw energy, dark undertones, and unforgettable hooks, "IV Rattus Norvegicus" encapsulates the essence of the Stranglers' unique sound and their enduring influence on the punk rock landscape.

The late 1970s marked a crucial turning point in the music industry, with punk emerging as a rebellious force challenging the established norms. In this context, the Stranglers made their mark with their distinctive blend of punk, rock, and new wave elements. The release of "IV Rattus Norvegicus" in 1977 proved to be a groundbreaking moment, showcasing their musical dexterity and diverse range.

The Stranglers' "IV Rattus Norvegicus" pushed the boundaries of punk by infusing it with elements of reggae, jazz, and even progressive rock. This audacious experimentation allowed the band to forge a unique and instantly recognizable sound. By blending genres, the Stranglers expanded the sonic palette of punk, setting them apart from their peers and solidifying their position as musical pioneers.

Beyond their musical prowess, the Stranglers demonstrated a lyrical maturity that set them apart from other punk acts of the time. While some bands focused on rebellion and nihilism, the Stranglers delved into deeper social commentary and introspective themes. Their thought-provoking lyrics added depth and substance to their music, elevating them beyond the confines of punk rock stereotypes.

"IV Rattus Norvegicus" not only resonated with fans and critics upon its release but also left an enduring legacy in the world of punk rock history. The album's success propelled the Stranglers to the forefront of the British punk scene, and their influence extended far beyond their contemporaries. Their groundbreaking sound and innovative approach to music laid the foundation for future bands, contributing to the evolution of punk and new wave genres.

This album "IV Rattus Norvegicus" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, and photos.

Music Genre:

  English Punk New Wave

Album Production Information:

  The album: "IV Rattus Norvegicus" was produced by: Martin Rushent
This album was recorded at: T.W. Studios, Fulham. Olympic Studios, Barnes.

Record Label & Catalognr:

United Artists Records UG 30045

Record Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

  1977 Made in England
Band Members and Musicians on: Stranglers IV Rattus Norvegicus
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Hugh Cornwell: guitars, lead vocals and backing vocals
  • JJ Burnel: bass guitar, lead vocals and backing vocals
  • Dave Greenfield: keyboards (Hammond L100 Organ, Hohner Cembalet electric piano, Minimoog synthesizer), lead vocals and backing vocals
  • Jet Black: drums
  • Eric Clarke: guest saxophone on "Grip"
Track Listing of: "IV Rattus Norvegicus"

The Songs/tracks on "IV Rattus Norvegicus" are

  1. Sometimes (4:56)
  2. Goodbye Toulouse (3:12)
  3. London Lady (2:25)
  4. Princess of the Streets (4:34)
  5. Hanging Around (4:25)
  6. Peaches (4:03)
  7. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) (3:55)
  8. Ugly (4:03)
  9. Down In The Sewer: Falling/Down In The Sewer/Trying To Get Out Again/Rat's Rally (7:30)
Album cover photos of : Stranglers IV Rattus Norvegicus

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The Stranglers: Pioneers of Punk and Masters of Eclectic Rock

Band Information:

The Stranglers were a British rock band that emerged in the late 1970s, during the punk rock era. They quickly distinguished themselves from their punk contemporaries by incorporating elements of other genres, such as reggae, jazz, and new wave, into their music. Over the course of their career, which spanned four decades, The Stranglers released 17 studio albums and became known for their eclectic sound and controversial lyrics.

The Stranglers were formed in 1974 in Guildford, Surrey, by Hugh Cornwell (vocals, guitar), Jean-Jacques Burnel (bass), Jet Black (drums), and Hans Wärmling (keyboards). They played their first gig in September of that year and soon became a fixture on the London pub circuit. In 1975, they signed to United Artists Records and released their debut album, "Rattus Norvegicus," which featured the hit singles "Peaches" and "Grip." The album was a critical and commercial success, and The Stranglers quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the UK.

Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, The Stranglers released a string of successful albums, including "No More Heroes" (1977), "Black and White" (1978), "The Raven" (1979), and "La Folie" (1981). Their music was characterized by a mix of punk energy, new wave experimentation, and reggae rhythms. They also became known for their provocative lyrics, which dealt with controversial topics such as prostitution, drug use, and political corruption. This led to some controversy and criticism, but it also helped to establish The Stranglers as a band that wasn't afraid to push boundaries.

In addition to their studio albums, The Stranglers were also renowned for their live performances. They were known for their intense energy and the raw power of their music. Their concerts were often chaotic and unpredictable, with Cornwell's snarling vocals and Burnel's driving bass lines whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Despite this, The Stranglers also showed a more introspective side, as demonstrated by songs such as "Golden Brown" (1982), which became one of their biggest hits.

The 1980s saw The Stranglers shift towards a more polished, mainstream sound. They scored hits with songs such as "Always the Sun" (1986) and "Skin Deep" (1984), but some fans felt that the band had lost some of their edge. In the 1990s, they returned to their punk roots with albums such as "10" (1990) and "Written in Red" (1997). They also continued to tour extensively, cementing their reputation as one of the UK's most enduring and influential bands.

The Stranglers' legacy has been felt across multiple genres, with artists as diverse as The Libertines, The Arctic Monkeys, and The Black Keys citing them as an influence. Their eclectic sound and daring lyrics paved the way for later bands to experiment with different genres and styles. They were also pioneers of the punk movement, helping to establish it as a credible musical genre and inspiring countless other bands to follow in their footsteps. 

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