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."
The Stranglers Talk Getting Out Of Punk, Getting Old & Gunslingers At Gigs
"The gunslinger syndrome at our shows is long gone, thankfully! We don’t have people coming along just to test their mettle."
Q & A: Jean Jacques Burnel from ‘The Stranglers’
"Definitely! We’re better, with more to say and more equipped to say it."
Interview with Jean Jacques Burnel from The Stranglers
"The Black and White Tour was easily the most successful tour we’ve done since back in the mid 80’s."
The Stranglers: The Return of the Meninblack
"I suspect it’s a combination of the last three albums having been very well received, a general re-assessment of the band, a reaction to X Factor, Pop idol etc from the more savvy teenagers and the fact that all the high jinx we were involved in back in the day, which detracted from our music, is possibly now seen as a badge of honour in these more sterile times."
The Stranglers - Men in Black and White
"We may do The Raven next year with some new material which we are working on. It’s an interesting album that one."
Stranglers in Black and White
"At Belladrum we were playing Peaches and Martha Reeves was right behind my bass stack dancing away and she turned to Baz our guitarist’s girlfriend and said ‘These guys really rock, do they have a CD?"
YOUR WEEKEND: Jean-Jacques Burnel from The Stranglers on touring Black And White
""You've put the idea in my head now," Jean-Jacques smiles. "We'll see. La Folie was meant to be a pop album. It started as pop and then went off somewhere odd – a bit like us, really.""
Life’s black and white for punk legends The Stranglers
"We had to turn down an American tour because it’s just too much"