news archive - december 2011
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.
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.
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.