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It was supposed to be a glorious way to bow out, but legendary men in black The Stranglers have had to put back their tour until early 2022. After losing keyboard player Dave Greenfield last May, the band had vowed to complete their final tour which was due to happen in March. Due to the …

As is the way these COVID days, another tour has bitten the dust this year, with legendary punks The Stranglers moving their UK Tour, dubbed The Final Full UK Tour to spring next year. The band have dedicated the tour to late keyboard player Dave Greenfield, who sadly died in March due to complications from …

Dave Greenfield was keyboard player in The Stranglers, frontrunners in the Punk movement. In a genre where lack of musicality was sometimes seen as a badge of honour, his virtuosity stood out from the very beginning, giving the band a sound that set them apart from their contemporaries. Often compared to Ray Manzarek from The …

I don’t really know how to begin. I’ve been seeing The Stranglers live for nearly forty years. There is no band that I have seen more times than this one. I’ve seen The Stranglers be brilliant, and I have seen The Stranglers when they appear to have lost their collective way and fall short of …

Here are a few tracks that have been wowing me at Psych Insight towers this month. Like always a mixture of new, recently found and new. Enjoy!   Kogarashi by Kikagaku Moyo The biggest news of the month was definitely the impending release of a new Kikagaku Moyo album, “House in the Tall Grass”, to be released …

Its early 1978 and I’m standing in the horrible brutalist Ryemarket Shopping Centre in Stourbridge, a copy of ‘Sounds’ in my hands (well all over my hands such was the nature of ink in those days) and the proceeds of my paper round in my pocket. I was thirteen and was deep in the thrall …

The Stranglers Spring Tour has become something of an institution over the last few years. Successive outings have seen the band play to fuller and larger venues, as the they take their unique blend of intelligent, aggressive and down-to-earth sound around Britain. Sometimes the band have a new album to showcase, something an anniversary to …

No More Heroes, Golden Brown and Peaches are just some of the 20 odd hits singles Hugh Cornwell had a hand in penning before he left punk legends The Stranglers in 1990. Over the last two decades he has recorded 11 solo albums that have never had the commercial success he enjoyed with the band, …

There are only a few days to go before The Stranglers embark on another tour. It does not seem long since the band completed its extensive and very successful UK tour back in the Spring, which left me with the impression that they are enjoying playing live more than ever. If this is the case they are …

It’s been a particularly full on build up to this year’s Stranglers tour, and I don’t think I’ve missed one since the 1980s. I achieved a lifetime ambition to interview bassist JJ Burnel, and also read a newly published book on the band, by long-time fan Phil Knight. The book, Strangled: Identity, Status, Structure and the …