Best wishes to the familyinblack around the world from all at Stranglers HQ. Thanks for your support & dedication this year. 2016 was a busy gigging year for the band, including a visit to Aus & NZ, and 2017 is shaping up to be the same. See you on the road next year…
Our merchandise store Townsend Music have confirmed their final order dates for Christmas delivery:
17th December Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg
19th December for UK orders
They stock a full range of tshirts, beanie hats, hoodies and, of course, the brand new limited double vinyl reissue of The Raven. Visit the store here
We can reveal that the latest album to receive the deluxe vinyl reissue treatment is The Raven. The release is limited to 1500 numbered copies and sees the original 11 track LP coupled with an additional, 9 track album featuring b-sides, different versions and radio session takes. Both albums are pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, the original LP on black and the bonus on red & they are housed in a wide spined sleeve with the front cover design embossed. The original inner sleeve has been lovingly recreated by Phil Johnson and the extra album has one too with a matching design. Also included in the package is a 10″ x 10″ art print of the front cover design. The reissue is available to order from Townsend Music here now and orders should be shipped late next week. Fly straight with perfection…
Forty years ago, on 14th November 1976, a Guildford based band, who were being swept along with the new wave explosion, played yet another inauspicious pub gig on the London circuit. They were veritable veterans of the Capital’s pub rock treadmill and, for them, nothing about this specific gig at the Torrington in Finchley made it stand out from the numerous other such concerts that they’d played so far that year.
Continue reading Forty years of the Finchley Boys
I’ve just learned of the passing of my friend Bap Kennedy in Belfast. It’s been a number of years since I last saw him, and in fact I didnt even know he was ill, such as the speed of the years that have rolled by…but we played a number of acoustic shows together around a decade ago, mostly in Scotland, and he left a marked impression on me…we kept in touch quite regularly for a time and then things got particularly hectic for us both…andwe lost touch…as is life…but I’ll always remember his spirit and that wonderful voice…his song Moriartys Blues is in my all time top 10…just beautiful…
An amazing talent and a very serene and charismatic man…
Rest in Peace my friend
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the band’s sixth studio album La Folie on 9th November 1981. Please click on the album cover image to hear the full album on Spotify…
La Folie was the band’s final studio album of their initial UA/Liberty EMI tenure and featured the legendary Toni Visconti on production duties, aided by Steve Churchyard. The album featured a far more accessible sound than its predecessor The Gospel According To… and it reached a UK chart peak of number 11. The first single chosen was the lengthily-titled, Mafia focused Let Me Introduce You To The Family, which sold disappointingly & only reached 42. It was followed by the album’s hidden Harpsichord gem Golden Brown which became a huge worldwide success (peaking at number 2 in The UK) despite concerns over its lyrical subject matter. The third and final single was the album’s title track La Folie, sung entirely in French and about a Parisian murder case, it unsurprisingly didn’t follow Golden Brown into the upper reaches of the chart. On the road, the album was promoted with a full UK tour through that November and a second, hastily arranged,one following the success of Golden Brown, in February of 1982.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the band’s ninth studio album Dreamtime on 17th October 1986. Please click on the album cover image to hear the full album on Spotify…
In a change the producer from Aural Sculpture, the band used Mike Kemp behind the controls on Dreamtime. In addition to the existing brass section, they also drafted in extra musicians, like B. J Cole on pedal steel guitar on You’ll Always Reap…, to further augment their sound. The Epic marketing machine came into full force on Dreamtime with a total of four singles taken from the album, each available in multiple formats. The first single chosen was the poppy Nice In Nice, followed by the eco-friendly Always The Sun, both of which became Top 30 hits in the UK. The third single was Big In America and finally Shakin’ Like A Leaf. Gig wise, the album was promoted with a full UK tour through that October and a second one, dubbed Shakin’ Like A Leaf tour, in February/March of 1987 which culminated with a three night run at Hammersmith Odeon.
Updated 21/9- The ticket presale has now ended, tickets back on general sale from 9am Friday 23rd.
A limited number of tickets for the March tour are on presale via Gigs and Tours from 9am tomorrow (21st September). Once this initial allocation have gone, all other tickets will go on general sale from 9am Friday 23rd. We have no presale info for the three Scottish dates as yet…
We are pleased to confirm that March 2017 sees the band heading out on the road across the British Isles when they undertake a 19 date tour, entitled ‘The Classic Collection’, throughout the month. Kicking off in Lincoln on the 7th, they then cross the border for a trio of Scottish dates visiting Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Glasgow. The itinerary then works its way around England including a hometown gig in Guildford on the 21st and a return visit to the iconic Brixton Academy on the Friday the 24th. On the 27th they cross the Severn for a Welsh date in Cardiff before the final weekend in Liverpool on Friday 31st and Manchester Apollo on Saturday 1st April. Joining the band as special guests for the full tour are London dub rockers Ruts DC. Tickets go onsale from Friday 23rd September at 9 am although there will be O2 presales from 9 am Wednesday 21st. We will post links as soon as we have them. See you on the road in 2017…
The band are now confirmed to play at a pair of festivals in October. Firstly, they appear at Loopallu which takes place in Ullapool, Scotland on Saturday 1st October. Festival details and tickets can be found on the website here. Secondly the band are playing at the Expobeja in Beja, Southern Portugal on Thursday 6th October. It’s a free event and has a 4000 capacity. Details can be found here. More gig news to follow very soon…