STRANGLERS - COLLECTION 1977/1982 12" LP Vinyl Album

"The Collection 1977–1982" is a compilation album by "The Stranglers". It was released to complete their contract with EMI, who had acquired the band's back catalogue on the United Artists and Liberty labels. The album collected together several of the bands most popular singles and album tracks, and also included a "new" track, "Strange Little Girl". The inclusion of "Strange Little Girl" was an ironic move on the band's part: EMI had been very indifferent to the band when they acquired their catalogue the previous year, not regarding them as a great commercial proposition. The band proved them wrong by having an enormous hit single with "Golden Brown", despite lack-lustre promotion from EMI. When required to deliver a final single, the band re-recorded the song "Strange Little Girl", which they had originally been on a demo tape they had given to EMI in 1974. EMI rejected the tape at the time, but the re-recorded "Strange Little Girl" went on to be a top 10 hit.

 

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Music Genre:

 New Wave, Punk, New Wave, 70s 80s Pop,  

Album Production Information:

Album cover design: Cream

Record Label Information:

 Liberty United Records 2C 068 83.327

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1982 Made in France
Complete Track-listing of the album "STRANGLERS - Collection 1977/1982"

The detailed tracklist of this record "STRANGLERS - Collection 1977/1982" is:

    Track-listing:
  1. "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)"
  2. "Peaches"
  3. "Hanging Around"
  4. "No More Heroes"
  5. "Duchess"
  6. "Walk On By"
  7. "Waltzinblack"
  8. "Something Better Change"
  9. "Nice 'n' Sleazy"
  10. "Bear Cage"
  11. "Who Wants the World?"
  12. "Golden Brown"
  13. "Strange Little Girl"
  14. "La Folie"

 

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"The Collection 1977/1982" Record Label Details: Liberty United Records 2C 068 83.327 , 1982 Re-edition

"The Collection 1977/1982" Record Label Details: Liberty United Records 2C 068 83.327 , 1982 Re-edition
 
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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