1st March 2012
The Giants tour starts tonight...
The first date of the band's 18 date British tour takes place in Leeds tonight...
Don't forget to check out both special guests Mike Marlin and The Popes. We have been told that both the Birmingham & Sheffield O2 gigs are early finishes with 10pm curfews. Following the UK dates, the band head off around Europe. See you there...
Interview in the Times newspaper
In today's Times supplement there is a two page interview with the band which focuses on their characters and lives. Lots of interesting facts like what car Dave drives, what Jet thinks of X Factor and even a mention of 'farmyard Fanta'!!!
27th February 2012
A new statement from Sil
Sil has sent us another statement regarding delays to 3 disc set & promos. Read it here
26th February 2012
The Stranglers announced on V Festival bill
We can now finally confirm that the band are playing at the V Festival this year which takes place in two locations, Essex and Staffordshire. Despite an accidental leak of a Youtube video by the organisers where Baz and JJ confirmed the band are on the line up, we were contractually not allowed to announce until now...
The band are on the bill for 18th August at Weston Park and the 19th for Chelmsford. The V Festival website can be found here.
An update on 3 disc set/promo delays
Sil Willcox, the band's manager, has sent us a new statement about the delays to the Convention 3 disc set and the Giants promo CDs here.
25th February 2012
Breakfast with Baz and JJ
The Giants promotional push continues... The BBC1 Breakfast show on Wednesday 29th of February will feature an interview with Baz and JJ. We don't yet know the exact time that the interview will be broadcast but the programme is shown from 6am to 9.15am. We will post an iPlayer link here once it is live... Some kind person has uploaded on Youtube here
3 disc set meet and greet winners
Everyone who preordered the 3 disc set was entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets plus a meet and greet with the band. The winners have been drawn and they are Kenny Strachan who chose Dunfermline and Matt Brown who picked the Roundhouse. Enjoy your prizes...
22nd February 2012
1991-a new era begins
Exactly 21 years ago today, the band's post-Cornwell 'mark II' line up made their live debut in Greece.
Following Hugh's departure six months previously, they had regrouped, enlisting a new singer and an already familiar guitarist, who both re-energised the line up. It was to be the start of a frenetic year of activity for the band...
20th February 2012
3 disc set update
The management have sent us the following statement about the 3 disc Convention set:
We sincerely apologise for the late arrival of the Convention 3 disc set. This has been caused by a production problem at the DVD pressing plant that was completely out of our control and meant that everyone's names had been missed from the DVD end credits. This added to the delay of re-editing the footage which had already occured. We have kept pushing the manufacturers constantly but with little joy. We have now been informed that the new, corrected package will be shipped to you late next week by first class post but it may only arrive with you on the actual release date for the Giants album itself.
By way of an apology for the delay, we urgently arranged a limited pressing of promo copies of the album over the weekend and we will despatch a copy later this week to everyone who has ordered the 3 disc set. You should receive them by this weekend latest. Please accept this as a gift from us in the light of the situation and with it our sincerest apologies.
We really hope the delay doesn't affect your enjoyment of the 3 disc set and we are sorry for any inconvenience.
The Stranglers' Team.
16th February 2012
Summer festival season is approaching...
The band are confirmed to play the Rabarock Festival on 16th June which takes place in Jarvakandi in Estonia. Further details can be found on their website which is translated to English.
Other festival appearances are in the pipeline and we should be able to confirm details soon. Watch this space...
French media appearances
The Giants promotional campaign reaches Europe. The band will shortly be recording a mixture of acoustic and electric sets for French TV and radio stations RTL, Europe 1 and Oui FM. Further details and broadcast dates will follow when we have them.
15th February 2012
Giants pre-order links
Giants is now available to pre-order from the main three online music retailers and is available on three physical formats as well as download. Please click links below:
Check prices for the best deal. The album is released on 5th March 2012 and short audio snippets of all the album tracks can be heard here.
Time Was Once... on 6 Music Roundtable review show
Following JJ recent appearance on the show, Steve Lamacq and guests will review Time Was Once... on 6 Music's Roundtable from 6pm on Thursday 16th February 2012.
10th February 2012
Convention 3 disc set update
The limited Convention 3 disc package is with the manufacturers and should ship towards the end of the month. The pack has been delayed as the DVD needed to be re-edited & remastered.
The package (front and rear cover image shown below) includes the brand new studio album Giants, a CD of the Black & White live set plus the 2 further related tracks from the acoustic set and a DVD of Saturday’s events. The DVD itself contains the complete B&W and acoustic sets, backstage interviews with the band and other footage from the Convention and its runtime is over two hours.
Apologies for the unexpected delay but we wanted to ensure that the DVD was perfect. We will let you know the confirmed shipping date as soon as we know it...
9th February 2012
JJ on Steve Lamacq 6 Music radio show
JJ appeared on the roundtable single review section of Steve Lamacq's show on BBC6 Music today (studio webcam photo shown right).
They chatted about Giants and the forthcoming tour with Steve and fellow panelist Keith Cameron who both selected Mercury Rising as their favourite track from the album. Music journalist Keith also revealed his first live gig was seeing the Meninblack tour at Glasgow Apollo back in '81. Steve played Time was once.. earlier in the programme. The full show can be heard here.
3rd February 2012
JJ appearing on prime time TV-date changed
Updated-We have just been advised that JJ is now appearing on the programme on Friday 3rd February 2012 at 7pm. Apologies for the late change...
Following his recent appearance on the Top Of The Pops 1977 documentary, JJ is back on the BBC again this week when he features on BBC1's The One Show. The programme can be viewed here soon and the JJ piece is around 40 minutes in.
Time Was Once On My Side radio play
The lead track from Giants is Time Was Once On My Side which has been sent out to various radio stations to promote the album. The shortened promotional edit of the song can be heard here
UK tour approaching fast
The band's extensive 18 date tour of England and Scotland kicks off in Leeds a month today. The Roundhouse is already a total sell out and all the other gigs on the tour are selling well. See you there...
26th January 2012
JJ Giants interview
Earlier this month, once work on Giants was complete, we caught up with JJ find out more about the band's latest studio album. The topics covered are as diverse as the album itself, from riots to record companies and from touring to tangoes!
22nd January 2012
New David Buckley interview with Jet
Band biographer David Buckley has posted an interesting interview with Jet on his website. The No Mercy author also has a separate interview with MkII guitarist John Ellis on his site too.
21st January 2012
La Folie part two: tour diary
Exactly 30 years ago today, the band played the first gig of a 17 date British tour-coinciding with the legendary chart run of Golden Brown.
Phil Coxon attended multiple gigs on the tour and, aided and abetted by his friend Mark Senior, they have recounted their touring memories for us...
18th January 2012
Giants: first album review
'Giants is a triumph (in every possible way)'... So ends the first review of the band's forthcoming album which has just been posted on journalist and band-ally John Robb's excellent Louder Than War music site.
Giving the album a nine out of ten score, the glowing review uses terms like '100% pure Stranglers' and 'a late period masterpiece'. It is an incredibly positive review and bodes well for the release...
17th January 2012
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16th January 2012
New Jet blog
Jet has written a new ratter about an extraordinary musician that he first met in his youth....
13th January 2012
Giants unleashed in the Spring
Almost 35 years since their debut LP Rattus Norvegicus, the band release their eagerly anticipated 17th studio album Giants in the Spring.
In true Stranglers' style, Giants displays both the variety and distinctive sound that the band have become known for throughout their career so far. The album opens with Another Camden Afternoon which is the band's first instrumental for over 20 years. There are nine other diverse tracks including the recent live favourite Freedom Is Insane and even a tango entitled Adios. The full album tracklisting is:
Another Camden Afternoon / Freedom Is Insane / Giants / Lowlands /Boom Boom / My Fickle Resolve / Time Was Once On My Side / Mercury Rising / Adios (Tango) / 15 Steps
The album will be distributed in the UK by Universal and Edel in Europe with other territories to follow. Giants' planned release date is early March although we will give you the confirmed date as soon as possible. As well as download, three physical formats of the album will be available. Alongside the standard CD release, there will be a limited double pack CD including a recording of the Saturday acoustic set from November's Weekendinblack convention. A real treat is in store for all the vinyl junkies out there as Giants will also be released on a limited edition vinyl LP. More details will follow soon including an interview with JJ about the album...
... and on the subject of Giants...
Baz has blogged about each of the album tracks in his latest ratter.
10th January 2012
Acoustic In Brugge CD
In February, the band's acoustic Themeninblackinbrugge CD is being repackaged and re-released with different artwork under the new title Acoustic In Brugge. It is available to preorder on Amazon here. Please note that this contains the same actual recording as the original release.
Roundhouse sold out!
We have had confirmation that the band's March London date at the Camden Roundhouse is totally sold out. Apologies if you missed out on a ticket for the gig. All other dates on the tour are selling well...
1st January 2012
Happy New Year!
2012 is set to be a packed year for the band...
Their eagerly anticipated new studio album Giants will be unleashed on the world in the spring. We hope to have full details about Giants very soon including full tracklisting and cover image. Watch this space...
The band have a busy schedule of live dates across Britain and Europe throughout March and April. There are rumours of gigs further off the beaten track as well.
Best wishes to everyone for the New Year...
23rd December 2011
Limited 3 disc package preorders
The closing date for the preorder for the limited edition 3 disc 'convention' package is 4th January 2012. No further orders will be accepted after this date.
The 3 disc set, including a pre-release copies of the band's 17th studio album Giants, will be despatched by mid-February and the album itself will be released during March.
Update 4th January 2012- preorder now finished
21st December 2011
JJ to appear on Top Of The Pops 1977 documentary
As 2012 marks 35 years since 1977, the BBC are planning to re-run all episodes of the legendary music programme TOTP from '77 throughout the year on BBC4. These will feature Go Buddy Go (instead of the 'offensive' Peaches) in late May/June and No More Heroes (shown above) in late September/October.
To introduce the 1977 re-runs, there is also a documentary featuring bands that appeared on the programme that year and it includes The Stranglers. JJ was interviewed for the programme which is scheduled to be shown on 6th January 2012 at 9pm on BBC4. Please check listings as this date may be changed.
Update 7th January 2012- In case you missed it, BBC4's 'Top Of The Pops: The Story Of 1977' is now available to view on BBC iPlayer until the 16th of January here. Unfortunately this is not available worldwide.
New printable biography PDF
We now have an expanded PDF version which has extra content. As/when available, this PDF file will have new articles or information added to it making it the definitive online biography of the band's career. It can be either printed or downloaded as you wish and any updates will be mentioned on the biography page.
18th December 2011
Venue confirmed for European tour
The remaining gig of the April European tour has now been confirmed. The band will play the Big Band Cafe in Caen, France on the 25th April. Tickets are available through the link on the left,
15th December 2011
Live recording Nashville Rooms December 1976
Shortly after signing to UA, before the ink had even dried on the contract, the band made their first recording for their new record company at the Nashville in London. At their A&R man's suggestion, the full live set was caught on mastertapes for later use but they still remain unused 35 years later...
11th December 2011
JJ appearance in Japan
News has reached us from Yuka at SIS Japan that JJ will be appearing at the party to celebrate ARB drummer Keith's 60th birthday. The event will take place at the Shinjuku Loft in Tokyo on the 5th of February 2012. JJ has collaborated with both Keith and ARB for many years and he will guest with the band that night. Keith also stood in for Jet on the Stranglers' 1993 US tour. More details on the SIS Japan site when they are confirmed...
News regarding Baz's website
Due to the heavy schedule of Stranglers commitments in 2012, Baz has informed us that he will not be playing any solo gigs for a while. In addition, his website will be takng a hiatus for the foreseeable future. The full message can be read here and you can still contact his site if you wish...
10th December 2011
New Jet ratter blog
During the Sunday Q&A session at the Convention, John Robb posed a fan question to all of the band members. Unlike his band mates, Jet provided an amusing but slightly vague answer. In his latest ratter, he expands on his off the cuff answer.
3rd december 2011
The Weekendinblack Convention 2011
November's Convention seems an age ago now. It was a packed weekend of events and live performances which was attended by fans from all corners of the globe.
24th November 2011
Exclusive JJ & Baz studio and live download track
During a brief respite in work on the next studio album last week, JJ and Baz took time out to record a track exclusively for the website.
The new song, entitled You are a swine, was also aired live in the JJ & Baz set at November's Convention and shows the band's often overlooked sense of humour. Enjoy!
Updated-the live version from the Weekendinblack is now available to download too (thanks to Louie Nicastro).
Giants 3 disc preorder and new shirt designs
In addition to the preorder for the Giants DVD/CD set, Mamstore also has three brand new t-shirt designs available. They have the last few items of Convention merchandise available too.
The limited Giants package will feature a DVD of the Saturday events at the Convention including the Black and White set. It also includes a CD of the Black and White gig plus a pre-release copy of the band's 17th studio album Giants. Updated - preorder now finsihed
21st November 2011
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21st November 2011
Now everyone's gone home and the gear's been packed away, we would welcome your comments and feedback about the Convention weekend via the ratter blog. Please leave your comments here
Update 10th December Thanks very much for your feedback, both positive and negative. Your comments are appreciated...
20th November 2011
This weekend's Covention was a huge success and while everyone who took part recovers, and for those of you unfortunate enough to not be there, relive part of Day 1 here. Enjoy!
14th November 2011
La Folie-fan's tour diary
It's La Folie month in the History section. The La Folie tour started exactly 30 years ago today and intrepid explorer Phil Coxon was again attempting the complete tour around the UK.
13th November 2011
Extra details for Europe April '12
More details have now been confimed for the band's dates around Europe next Spring. Firstly, the Milan venue is Live Club and the link is shown on the left. We are still awaiting confirmation of the French gig on the 25th but it will be Nancy or Metz. Finally, here are some ticket links for various dates: Germany here Austria here Italy here
9th November 2011
The Stranglers in Classic Rock
The band are to feature in the next edition of Classic Rock magazine. The article focuses on The Gospel According To The Meninblack and La Folie albums and both Jet & JJ were interviewed for the piece. It is onsale on the 7th of December.
Meanwhile JJ is to be interviewed by the BBC for a forthcoming TV programme. More details to follow...
9th November 2011
Memorabilia - The Meninblack, La Folie & The Collection
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the album La Folie which heralded a change in fortunes after the band's ill-fated Meninblack period.
The next in the series of memorabilia articles focuses on The Gospel According To The Meninblack and La Folie studio albums plus the compilation The Collection 1977-1982.
7th November 2011
Convention auction lots
Some incredible items are up for grabs at the auction. Bidders are welcome on the day or by email in advance.
See the auction lots here
Update 10th December - Auction has now passed
5th November 2011
Weekendinblack timetable and other details
The Convention page has now been updated with the full timetable of events and other useful info about the weekend, plus details of a recent change in support acts. Please click the WIB image above to go to the page...
We will publish full details of the auction items in the next few days. There are some stunning items including some of the band's instruments. More details to follow soon...
4th November 2011
European tour April 2012
The busy schedule for 2012 continues... Following on from the British tour in March, the band travel to Europe for a series of dates visiting a total of 8 different countries, including the 12 gigs in France already announced in early October.
The tour kicks off in Lessines, Belgium on the 31st of March and, following the French gigs, the band will visit Switzerland, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Holland and France again before returning to Belgium for the last date. It is their most extensive European itinerary since the 4240 tour in early 2009. Tickets are onsale now...
European coach trip
After successful European expeditions in 2009 & 2010, a coach trip from the UK is currently being planned to take in the Utrecht and Leuven dates on the tour.
Further details will be available shortly and those already on the 'Wonky Bus' mailing list should receive an email over the weekend. If you would like more details, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 5/11 Emails have gone out to the 'WB' mailing list today...
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