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The Stranglers: Greatest Hits 1977-1990

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Album Review

Despite its rather cheeky title, Greatest Hits 1977-1990 is a good place to sample the entire Stranglers output. From the squalor of the late-'70s material, to the smoothed-out gloom pop of songs like "Skin Deep" and other mid- to late-'80s neo-goth rock, this is a solid anthology that values substance over style and exhaustive track selection. For sure, a well-edited Stranglers anthology is the only way to enjoy them; they recorded way too much dross to spend time searching out all of their plentiful, marginal records.

Customer Reviews

Always the Sun

A good way to get their hit music.
“Always the Sun” from the 80s being one of their best.

Walk On By

Its the mark of a great artist that can take a work conceived in one form, and reinterpret it in a completely new and fresh manner. Such just the case with Dion Warwick’s “Walk on By” and what the Stranglers later did with it. It went from an easy listening stand-by of the mid-1960s to a punk rock power trip - and punk rock in the Stranglers terms is something uniquely their own. Stranglers are massively underrated, and this is as good an into to their eclectic book as any song.

Biography

Formed: 1974

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Stranglers formed as the Guildford Stranglers in the southern England village of Chiddingfold (near Guildford) in 1974, plowing a heavily Doors-influenced furrow through the local pub rock scene — such as it was. Of the four founding members, only Hugh Cornwell had any kind of recognizable historical pedigree, having played alongside Richard Thompson in the schoolboy band Emil & the Detectives. According to Thompson, their repertoire stretched from "Smokestack Lightning" and...
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