We’re Gonna Make It Big One Day (Part 4)

The Stranglers Formed in 1974, The Guildford Stranglers (as they were originally called) exhaustively played the London pub circuit before signing with United Artists. Their debut single “(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)”, stalled at number 44 in the UK singles chart. Released on May 21st 1977, “Peaches/Go Buddy Go” would reach number 8, and the…

Banned By The BBC (Part 11)

Moral panic and political censorship have created a long tradition of records filtered out of the BBC radio playlist. Here’s some notable examples… The Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (1967) Banned due to its apparent references to LSD. John Lennon continually denounced the accusation. The Smoke – My Friend Jack (1967) More…

The Stranglers – Aural Sculpture (1984): Review

Produced by Laurie Latham and The Stranglers Label – Epic The Stranglers career continues to mystify most fans. During the late 70s they could comfortably claim to be one of the leading Punk/New wave acts in the UK, rivaling The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam or The Damned in both artistic and commercial success.…

Drugs In Music: Part 2

Drugs have played an important part in music, both positively and negatively. They’ve inspired songs, affected careers and taken great artists before their time. This is the second part of a continuing saga which identifies the individual chemicals that stimulated some of the best known recordings. Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Scooby Snacks (1996) Written by…