Formed in 1974 in Surrey, The Stranglers made their name during the Punk Rock era as a band not to be messed with. Originally consisting of Jet Black (drums), Jean-Jacques Burnel (bass, vocals), Hugh Cornwell (guitar, vocals) and Dave Greenfield (keyboards, vocals) they went on to be one of the most commercially successful bands of their time, outselling many of their contemporaries.
Hit singles such as "Peaches", "Five Minutes", "Nuclear Device" and "Duchess", and albums such as "Rattus Norvegicus", "No More Heroes", "The Raven" and "La Folie" consolidated their reputation as talented songwriters and musicians, with the big hit "Golden Brown" opening them up to a whole different market. Singles and albums were complemented with a busy touring schedule, with the band playing more than 300 gigs in 1976 alone!
In 1990 Hugh Cornwell left to pursue a solo career, and The Stranglers changed line-up for the first time, bringing in Paul Roberts on vocals, and John Ellis (ex-Vibrators) on guitar. They continued to record and tour until 2000 when John Ellis left, to be replaced by Baz Warne (ex-Toy Dolls and Smalltown Heroes).
The Stranglers started off 2004 with a critically-acclaimed new album "Norfolk Coast", their first hit single in more than ten years "Big Thing Coming", and a string of tour dates and festival dates into 2005.
The band celebrate their thirtieth anniversary on September 11th 2004. Here's to the next 30 years!