news archive - November 2011
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).
In addition to the preorder for the Giants DVD/CD boxset, Mamstore also has three brand new t-shirt designs available. They have the last few items of Convention merchandise available too.
The Giants boxset 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. Click the picture right to preorder...
21st November 2011
Sign up for news updates...
The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that you can now sign up for the latest news and updates to go straight to your mailbox. It's easy-simply fill in your name and email address and click sign in' and you'll be added to the mailing list.
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
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 17/11- Advance bids now closed.
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 email@example.com
Updated 5/11 Emails have gone out to the 'WB' mailing list today...