The Stranglers are an English rock band formed in 1974 in Guildford, Surrey. The original line-up consisted of Hugh Cornwell on vocals and guitar, Jean-Jacques Burnel on bass, Jet Black on drums, and Dave Greenfield on keyboards. The band was known for their unique sound, which combined elements of punk, new wave, and post-punk.
The Stranglers began their career as a pub rock band but quickly embraced the emerging punk rock movement in the mid-1970s. Their debut single, "Grip," was released in 1977 and reached number 44 on the UK singles chart. The band's breakthrough came with their second single, "Peaches," which reached number eight on the UK singles chart.
In 1978, The Stranglers released their debut album, "Rattus Norvegicus," which was a critical and commercial success. The album included the hit singles "Peaches" and "Something Better Change." The following year, the band released their second album, "No More Heroes," which included the title track as well as the hit single "Gordon Brown."
Throughout the 1980s, The Stranglers continued to release albums and singles and maintained a dedicated fan base. The band's sound evolved over time, incorporating elements of new wave and post-punk, and they had several hits during this period, including "Golden Brown" and "Always the Sun."
In the 1990s, The Stranglers experienced some line-up changes, with Hugh Cornwell leaving the band in 1990 to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by Paul Roberts, who sang with the band until 2006. The band continued to release albums and tour throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
Jet Black, the band's original drummer, retired from touring in 2015 due to health issues, passing in Dec 2022. He was replaced by Jim Macaulay, who had been playing with the band as a touring drummer since 2014.
Despite the line-up changes over the years, The Stranglers have remained active and continue to tour and record music. They have released over 20 studio albums and have had numerous hits in the UK and other countries. The band's legacy is one of the most influential and innovative bands of the punk and post-punk eras.
About Mike Bell:
Mike Bell is a Sussex-based designer who produces Tube / Underground maps of places, ideas, stories, and facts.
All of Mike Bell's posters are supplied from the UK in a range of standard sizes on sustainably sourced and FSC-certified stock.
These underground lines posters are supplied in a range of A-sizes:-
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