The Stranglers’ secret recordings as Celia and the Mutations, 1977
"Celia was a new face, but there were clues to the identity of her backing band"
CD: Dr John Cooper Clarke and Hugh Cornwell - This Time It's Personal
"A big hand for Hugh Cornwell and Dr John Cooper Clarke as they trip down memory lane, with Clarke singing and Cornwell handling all the guitars – deftly, with plenty of reverb, and leaving plenty of space around him."
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."
On Second Thought – The Gospel According to the Meninblack by The Stranglers
"Such joyful blasphemy could only come from punk’s great provocateurs."
On Second Thought… Nosferatu by Hugh Cornwell & Robert Williams
"An album that slipped so under the radar that its creator admits it made no money is surely a perfect candidate for an underrated gem – assuming of course that it’s any good. And is it ever."