The Stranglers 30 yrs on ..

Started by victor, November 02, 2007, 10:55:28 am

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victor

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 ...

The_Doctor

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.

Reg

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.
Standing in the shadows, hiding from the light
Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life
All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside
When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide

Alex_II

November 03, 2007, 08:55:58 am #3 Last Edit: November 03, 2007, 08:56:48 am by Alex_II
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

Blastzone

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
Mon the Jambos

Alex_II

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.

Blastzone

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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?
Mon the Jambos

Alex_II

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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

Blastzone

November 04, 2007, 22:34:48 pm #8 Last Edit: November 04, 2007, 22:35:15 pm by Blastzone
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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
Mon the Jambos

Alex_II

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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.  :-/

Fishy

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That was how I felt when I saw Foreigner in 2002 in Detroit in between two Vapor Trails gigs.
From the Land of Honest Men.

Blastzone

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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 :)
Mon the Jambos

victor

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 .

victor

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 .....

Blastzone

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.
Mon the Jambos