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Title: The Stranglers 30 yrs on ..
Post by: victor on November 02, 2007, 10:55:28 am
I attended the Stranglers gig at the ABC in Glasgow last night , it was the first Stranglers gig i have attended in the last 17 yrs the last gig i went to was in Livingston Forum and Hugh Cornwell was still playing with them .
I went to the gig and honestly my expectations where not high
But, i have to admit that it was probably the best Stranglers gig i ever attended and ive been to a few ..
They played the same set that they played at the Glasgow Apollo (RIP) in 1977 and apart from Hugh not being there , it was like the Stranglers of old and i hope that they keep going (Even though i heard rumours that this could be their last tour ???? )
The only let down on the night was that they only played for 90 minutes and that included two encores .. Or maybe its just the fact that Rush can play for nearly 3 hrs and now im expecting other bands to do likewise . That band Rush have spoilt me ...
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Post by: The_Doctor on November 02, 2007, 12:14:42 pm
I have seen the Stranglers 5 times, 2x Apollo and 3 Barras shows, 4 times with Hugh and once with his replacement (can't remember his name). Top band, great songs and always a great atmosphere at their shows.
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Post by: Reg on November 02, 2007, 13:03:33 pm
QuoteThe only let down on the night was that they only played for 90 minutes and that included two encores .. Or maybe its just the fact that Rush can play for nearly 3 hrs and now im expecting other bands to do likewise . That band Rush have spoilt me ...

That was how I felt when I saw Foreigner in 2002 in Detroit in between two Vapor Trails gigs.  Only they only managed 85 minutes, and had a local comedian (I kid you not) as support.  Still at least I got to see them with Lou Gramm, even if they were way past their sell by date.
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Post by: Alex_II on November 03, 2007, 08:55:58 am
I've seen them a few times and never without incident.

I first saw them in 1978/79 and Cleethorpes Winter Gardens. They were getting serious abuse from a particular section of the crowd. Half-way through, they stopped playing, invited the trouble makers onto the stage, kicked their arses then carried on playing.

Last time was in c1990 at Portsmouth Guildhall. During School Mam, they dragged a girl onto the stage (a student from the Poly I assumed), sat her on a chair and blindfolded her. Cornwell proceeded to basically touch her up throughout the song. Far from objecting, she seemed to like it and responded. At the end of the song, she did not return to her seat but went backstage.

In hindsight, I suspect both were setups but I enjoyed them at the time
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Post by: Blastzone on November 03, 2007, 19:05:55 pm
This is my fave band after Rush. :)
Seen them countless times with Cornwell, and have followed his solo career very closely, seeing him in concert with mates about a dozen times.
I embarrassingly confess , that ive never seen the Stranglers now with the new singer,but after Victors review and a guy from my local snooker club raving about the gig , i'm gonna get to the next one up.. no excuses.
You up for it Tom Doctor? ;)

Ps Mr Cornwell's  last effort " "Beyond Elysian Fields" is wonderful... and if anyone wants a copy let me know
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Post by: Alex_II on November 03, 2007, 21:59:28 pm
QuoteThis is my fave band after Rush. :)

Actually, although they don't QUITE make it for me, they're close. I bought Jailbreak and Rattus Norvegicus on the same day and played them both to death. Very different albums but both had long lasting effect on my diverse musical taste and I remember them with extreme fondness.
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Post by: Blastzone on November 03, 2007, 23:02:18 pm
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Actually, although they don't QUITE make it for me, they're close. I bought Jailbreak and Rattus Norvegicus on the same day and played them both to death. Very different albums but both had long lasting effect on my diverse musical taste and I remember them with extreme fondness.

You have very good taste Alex... theyre two of my most enjoyed albums. 8-)
Have you tried Mr Cornwell's solo stuff?
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Post by: Alex_II on November 04, 2007, 21:31:17 pm
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You have very good taste Alex... theyre two of my most enjoyed albums. 8-)
Have you tried Mr Cornwell's solo stuff?

No I haven't - in fact, I didn't even know there was any
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Post by: Blastzone on November 04, 2007, 22:34:48 pm
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No I haven't - in fact, I didn't even know there was any  :-[

I was really into the Stranglers in the beginning - they were the first band I attempted to be a completist for and have all their singles and EPs up until Nuclear Device.

I still listen Rattus and Heroes quite regularly but my favourite is Black and White. For me, they went off the rails after that. I've got Raven (but rarely play it) and haven't listened to MIB since it came out in 81. I broke my leg badly playing football in February of that year and was hospital/house bound for 10 weeks. During that time, my friends bought me the new releases of the bands they knew I liked. I hardly listened to MIB but that may not be because it was crap but becasue it was brought round the same day as Moving Pictures!

I haven't bought anything by the Stranglers since then.

Black and White , I agree is their best listen ,  and im lucky enough to have it on marble vinyl, with the "tits " ep included ,but The Raven , i love as well , and runs it a close second.
MIB  has been stated as the bands favourite album, but i think theyre talking bollocks.... experimental yes, but not their best.

Have to say La Folie also has great moments
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Post by: Alex_II on November 05, 2007, 10:19:41 am
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Black and White , I agree is their best listen ,  and im lucky enough to have it on marble vinyl, with the "tits " ep included ,but The Raven , i love as well , and runs it a close second.
MIB  has been stated as the bands favourite album, but i think theyre talking bollocks.... experimental yes, but not their best.

My copy of B&W is on black vinyl but came with the 'tits' EP on white.

My vinyl copy of Raven has a 3D cover (the sort where you tilt the image and it moves). Not sure if that was the usual cover or not.  :-/
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Post by: Fishy on November 05, 2007, 10:40:48 am
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That was how I felt when I saw Foreigner in 2002 in Detroit in between two Vapor Trails gigs.
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Post by: Blastzone on November 05, 2007, 18:34:45 pm
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My copy of B&W is on black vinyl but came with the 'tits' EP on white.

My vinyl copy of Raven has a 3D cover (the sort where you tilt the image and it moves). Not sure if that was the usual cover or not.  :-/

The 3d cover was limited edition :)
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Post by: victor on November 05, 2007, 19:47:23 pm
I must admit i havent been to see Hugh since he went solo . But my mates rave about him all the time ,he still sings alot of Stranglers songs at his gigs. Seemingly the two most popular solo albums he has released are NOSFERATU and WOLF .
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Post by: victor on November 05, 2007, 19:53:53 pm
Can anyone who was at the Stranglers gig in Glasgow 01/11/07 , give may the name of the Support Act ???
I thought they sounded good and were easy on the eye !!
And before anyone asks , Yes they are female , apart from the drummer who isnt .....
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Post by: Blastzone on November 05, 2007, 20:10:20 pm
QuoteI must admit i havent been to see Hugh since he went solo . But my mates rave about him all the time ,he still sings alot of Stranglers songs at his gigs. Seemingly the two most popular solo albums he has released are NOSFERATU and WOLF .

Hes had about 6 albums since those ones Victor, and it tends to be the latest album tracks he performs at gigs, alternating between his own stuff and Stranglers stuff.
He also chooses to do acoustic nights as well(his last album was acoustic), and hearing him perform this at the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline was brilliant.
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Post by: victor on November 05, 2007, 20:27:21 pm
Well Blastzone , you will have to excuse my ignorance when it comes to Hugh . As i said its my mates who still go and see Hugh everytime he plays not me .
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Post by: Blastzone on November 05, 2007, 20:49:09 pm
QuoteWell Blastzone , you will have to excuse my ignorance when it comes to Hugh . As i said its my mates who still go and see Hugh everytime he plays not me .

Sorry Victor, no offence intended. :(
Try and get to see him if you can, next time around.
Will try to catch you at the next Stranglers gig anywhere in the central belt , as i aint seen them in ages :)

Gordon
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Post by: Neph on November 06, 2007, 10:05:18 am
I've seen The Stranglers a few times, on the La Folie, Feline and Aurul Sculptures tours. When I was at school my (non Rush) friends were all big Stranglers fans but I never really got into them until The Raven album, even though I new just about every Stranglers song by heart. I sort of lost interest after 10 and I haven't heard ang Stranglers albums post Hugh Cornwell and I've heard none of his solo stuff even though I really liked Nosferatu. My brother has seen him solo a few times and always raves about how good his solo stuff is, perhaps it's time for me to catch up. As an after thought, what do you lot think of Euroman Cometh, the ones who have heard it obviously.
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Post by: Bez on November 06, 2007, 10:12:23 am
I was lucky enough to see the stranglers a few times in 76/77, but haven't seen them for at least 10 years now and certainly haven't kept up with Hugh's solo stuff...

Is anyone prepared to put a "best of Hugh solo" sampler together ?
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Post by: Chris Quartly on November 06, 2007, 10:14:43 am
I'd be interested in hearing some Hugh stuff too
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Post by: Alex_II on November 06, 2007, 10:23:57 am
QuoteIs anyone prepared to put a "best of Hugh solo" sampler together ?

Blastzone's already on that I think  ;)
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Post by: Blastzone on November 06, 2007, 10:44:25 am
Yes ,will try soon to make copies of recent albums and ill get a few addresses from you all.
(Alex J's will be done soon as promised ;)
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Post by: Blastzone on November 06, 2007, 19:35:50 pm
QuoteI've seen The Stranglers a few times, on the La Folie, Feline and Aurul Sculptures tours. When I was at school my (non Rush) friends were all big Stranglers fans but I never really got into them until The Raven album, even though I new just about every Stranglers song by heart. I sort of lost interest after 10 and I haven't heard ang Stranglers albums post Hugh Cornwell and I've heard none of his solo stuff even though I really liked Nosferatu. My brother has seen him solo a few times and always raves about how good his solo stuff is, perhaps it's time for me to catch up. As an after thought, what do you lot think of Euroman Cometh, the ones who have heard it obviously.

Euroman Cometh... JJ Burnel (used to air bass to this man in my youth) ;D
Seen him perform this at the Apollo Glasgow(i think) in a drunken haze many moons ago.
The album was alright, but lacked a bit of the manic bass playing stuff that he was brilliant at on Stranglers albums.
Love the casual "Do the European" track, and in fact i'll dig this album out and give it a long overdue listen

Do you like it Mike?
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Post by: Moore on November 06, 2007, 19:57:44 pm
I've only seen them a few times, once with the now departed Paul Roberts (now has a new band 'Soulsec'), and as they currently are. I'd recommend "Norfolk Coast" which was released a few years back. The last album with Mr Roberts, and tis a belter imo.

When was this gig at the ABC advertised? - Would have liked to have seen that... :-[
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Post by: Neph on November 06, 2007, 21:56:39 pm
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Euroman Cometh... JJ Burnel (used to air bass to this man in my youth) ;D
Seen him perform this at the Apollo Glasgow(i think) in a drunken haze many moons ago.
Do you like it Mike?


If I'm not mistaken I think he played at the Pavilion, directly opposite the Apollo. I really like Euroman Cometh. Do the European is great, as you've mentioned, and Freddie Laker and Triumph were another two I really liked.
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Post by: Blastzone on November 06, 2007, 21:59:06 pm
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If I'm not mistaken I think he played at the Pavilion, directly opposite the Apollo. I really like Euroman Cometh. Do the European is great, as you've mentioned, and Freddie Laker and Triumph were another two I really liked.

told you i was drunk ;D
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Post by: victor on November 06, 2007, 23:09:59 pm
Ive discovered the name of the Stranglers Glasgow gig support band, they are called TEASING LULU .
As i say ,i thought they sounded good . Why not check them out and see what you think !!!!
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Post by: Blastzone on November 10, 2007, 13:16:16 pm
QuoteIve discovered the name of the Stranglers Glasgow gig support band, they are called TEASING LULU .
As i say ,i thought they sounded good . Why not check them out and see what you think !!!!

Just watched their song "Infatuation" on Youtube..... no bad
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Post by: Alex_II on November 16, 2007, 00:23:27 am
Anyone a Stranglers and Porcupine Tree fan?

"How Is Your Life Today" has got "Waltzin Black" written all over it.
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Post by: victor on November 16, 2007, 17:06:20 pm
I will have a listen to that one , Cheers !!
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Post by: Blastzone on November 16, 2007, 18:19:54 pm
QuoteAnyone a Stranglers and Porcupine Tree fan?

"How Is Your Life Today" has got "Waltzin Black" written all over it.

dont know much about PT tbh :-[, but will get a listen off youtube ?
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Post by: Bez on November 17, 2007, 10:09:03 am
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dont know much about PT tbh :-[, but will get a listen off youtube ?


drop me an address and I'll sort some stuff out to try..... ;)
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Post by: Blastzone on November 18, 2007, 18:09:50 pm
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drop me an address and I'll sort some stuff out to try..... ;)

Done Bez.... very good of you btw :)
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Post by: kith on November 19, 2007, 07:50:06 am
Despite not having seen the Stranglers live (I don't care much for their material once Hugh left) I saw Hugh in Glasgow in September. He was superb, with Robert Williams on Drums too. Excellent stuff with a hot looking female bass player.

I have all but 2 of his solo works. Does anyone have Facts & Figures? as it goes for silly money on ebay and it has some of my fave solo singles and b-sides on it.
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Post by: Blastzone on August 08, 2009, 01:20:21 am
Went to The Stranglers concert with Phil(Muppet) and his mates tonight In Edinburgh
Went with a bit of trepidation, due to not seeing them since the great Hugh Cornwell left a good few years ago

Absolute top drawer gig from them , the place was rocking  at the HMV picture house on Lothian Road.

Never got Nice n Sleazy , but i'll forgive them as they surprisingly played The Raven , Genetix , Death and night and blood and Curfew to name but a few .
The classics were played as well, with a rousing finish of No More Heroes.


Thanks to Phil and his mates for a good laugh. and good chat over a good few beers :) :)
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Post by: Muppet on August 08, 2009, 09:42:03 am
Good to see you last night Gordon.  It was indeed a good gig, a great mix of of old and really old hits.  Will catch up with you again soon, Blasty  :)
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Post by: Blastzone on October 11, 2009, 03:01:04 am
They are playing Glasgow 02  26th feb and Dunfermline Alhambra 27th feb.
Def going to the Fife gig
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Post by: Blastzone on February 23, 2010, 16:01:37 pm
This Saturday at The Alhambra Dunfermline...cracking place for a gig.
Heading over with a few mates, and meeting Muppet and a few of his.
Cannae wait to see them again
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Post by: Blastzone on March 01, 2010, 21:29:07 pm
Another magic night with the Stranglers...even without Hugh Cornwell.
Their material post Hugh is average , but songs played from No more Heroes, Black and White and the brilliant Genetix track was played (amazing bass work) ,along with a great rendition of Nice n Sleazy, and true to historical form , they asked a lass up on stage ... but unfortunately she wasn't up to the stripping they expect during this track ;D

Was there with my Stranglers loving mates , and met up with Phil(Muppet ) with some of his chums in the exotic Royal British Legion Dunfermline branch, next to the gig for cheap beers and a guid laugh.

JJ Burnell was reasonably subdued but he was on top form with the bass , and the place was going nuts.
Brilliant place for a concert. the size is just  enough and the acoustics are special.

Top night finished with a fish supper in the mini bus :)
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Post by: Muppet on March 04, 2010, 20:03:20 pm
It was a great night.  The guys I was with thought so too.  What did your mates make of a Cornwell-less line up?
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Post by: Bez on March 05, 2010, 10:53:05 am
Sounds great Gordon, I'd still love to see them do "Walk on By" live
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Post by: Muppet on March 05, 2010, 11:23:58 am
Quote from: Bez on March 05, 2010, 10:53:05 am
Sounds great Gordon, I'd still love to see them do "Walk on By" live


Best song on the night Bez - one of my favourites too
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Post by: Blastzone on March 05, 2010, 14:34:35 pm
Phil
Chas thought the new singer Baz was a bit up himself  although he liked it...., Tags, John and Kev loved it and Scotty was just pished out his head to remember much.

Forgot that they also played Down in the sewer....feckin brilliant :)