Sunday 2nd September will see Jersey Live revellers treated to the sounds of one of the most diverse, creative and vital British bands of the last 35 years.
The Stranglers, formed in 1974 in Guildford, were born out of the mid 1970s pub rock and emerging punk scenes and, never sticking to one rigid musical style, explored genres such as new wave, post punk and art rock throughout their late 70s and 1980s peaks, scoring 23 top 40 singles and 17 top 40 albums in the United Kingdom alone.
Originally formed as The Guildford Stranglers, the band was fronted by bass player Jean Jacques Burnel and guitarist High Cornwell. The band’s early successes exhibited strong punk influences but also hinted at the more refined pop sensibilities that were to come, with keyboard player Dave Greenfield’s instrument taking a prominent role in many of the band’s songs and drummer Jet Black’s complex rhythms driving their live performances.
The Stranglers’ first trio of albums – Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black and White – were all critical and commercial hits, with singles such as No More Heroes and Peaches becoming long-standing classics. The band entered a period of solo projects and concept albums during the late 1970s and early 1980s, returning to mainstream success with the release of 1981’s La Folie and the single Golden Brown, charting at number 2 and still a classic over 30 years later.
The 1980s saw The Stranglers record three more albums and score chart success outside of the UK, particularly across Europe. Founding member Hugh Cornwell left the band in 1990 just after the release of their tenth studio album. The band continued with new members Paul Roberts and John Ellis playing throughout the following decade. Ellis left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Baz Warne, who has remained ever since.
Entering their fifth decade in 2010, The Stranglers continued to tour despite previous hints that they would retire. 2012 sees performances at festivals across the UK, with the Sunday evening slot at Jersey Live being their second performance in the island.
With only nine days until Jersey Live 2012, now is the time to book your last minute travel and hotel in Jersey; flights, accommodation and standard festival tickets are still available.