"After two albums – the great Rattus Norvegicus and its weaker sister, No More Heroes – and some extraordinary singles, The Stranglers were one of the most successful punk-era bands, hitting the top 10 regularly and being controversial (even for 1977) with their sexist lyrics and macho attitude."
"Hugh has always been an intellectual, often ignored in his punk roots, and has an urbanity and eccentricity about him akin to David Byrne, so it’s no surprise that Totem and Taboo is a reference to a collection of essays by Sigmund Freud. ..."
"I was not really sure what to expect when I saw the cover of Giants by The Stranglers. The photo shows a set of swings with nooses hanging from it. This coupled with their name, The Stranglers, made me a bit apprehensive about what the actual tracks would be like however it was nowhere near as bad as I thought."
"Digressions aside, The Raven is an example of admirable craftsmanship, a high point in a shamefully ignored career, by one of the most important, unique and daring of all artists from the late seventies."
"The new Stranglers offering, Giants, opens up with a guitar riff that stands somewhere between John Lee Hooker and Metallica’s Enter Sandman. That normally would send people scurrying off to find a reason for the change in style, the departure from the Stranglers’ norm. However it really is the start of an album that stands as one of the finest that the band have ever delivered."
"Hope & Anchor is a pub in the Islington borough of London. In 1977, they held a series of concerts dubbed The Front Row Festival. Performances from those concerts were then culled to create a 2LP concert album that was a record for the ages"
"There’s no doubt that few of punk’s luminaries have emerged from their mid-life crises unscathed; the likes of Johnny Rotten paling into terrible parodies of themselves in the last decade. The same can’t be said for The Stranglers, ..."