Ahead of Irish Village gig, The Stranglers’ JJ Burnel muses on the politics of punk
"The 'they' he is referring to is punk’s golden duo, The Clash and the Sex Pistols, both of which The Stranglers predate by a year or so."
Legendary British punk rock band The Stranglers refuse to be intimidated by BDS
"My thinking is, if someone invited to perform professionally, I weigh the offer and decide to accept it or not. I accepted the offer to play in Israel. Full stop."
"Imagine, you're the bass player in one of the happening punk bands of 1978, and on the strength of that success, you persuade the record company to let you make an electronic solo concept album, with the theme of a politically united Europe."
Let's not forget all that Europe has done to improve British men
"In 1979 I bought a pretty awful album called Euroman Cometh, an attempt by The Stranglers’ Franco-English (or is that Anglo-French?) bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel to go solo. Songs like ‘Do the European’, ‘Eurospeed’ and ‘Euromess’ didn’t work for me and I don’t think they worked for Burnel either. Since then he’s stuck to bass-playing, karate and swearing at people."