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The Stranglers stop in nearby Assembly

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In a career spanning four decades The Stranglers have had 23 UK top 40 singles and a staggering 17 UK top 40 albums to date.

The band, perhaps the longest surviving and most successful group of the 70s punk scene, are coming to Leamington’s Assembly on Monday March 11. At their inception in the mid-1970s their aggressive, no-compromise attitude defined them as one of the instigators of the UK punk rock scene.

They had major mainstream success with their single Golden Brown, No More Heroes, Peaches and Skin Deep. Throughout their career the group have explored a variety of musical styles, from New Wave, art rock and gothic rock through to the sophisticated pop of their 1980s output.

The Stranglers’ early sound was driven by Jean-Jacques Burnel’s melodic bass, but also gave prominence to Dave Greenfield’s keyboards at a time when the instrument was seen as unfashionable.

Their early music was also characterised by the growling vocals and sometimes misanthropic lyrics of both Jean-Jacques Burnel and Hugh Cornwell.

Summing up their contribution to popular music, critic Dave Thompson later wrote: “From bad-mannered yobs to purveyors of supreme pop delicacies, the group was responsible for music that may have been ugly and might have been crude – but it was never, ever boring.”

Reviews of the band’s latest tour have been very positive. Rock critic Peter Nobel commended: “The music hasn’t dated; it’s still the fine blend of brilliant catchy guitars and swirling texture from keyboards.”

Their last album, Giants, was released last year and also had generally positive reviews from many in the music industry.

Tickets for the gig can be ordered online from www.leamingtonassembly.com.

 

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