Prom 40: 6 Music Prom, FT Laura Marling, Cerys Matthews and others (****)
"Always more than three-chord wonders, the once-belligerent punk veterans returned for the gorgeous harpsichord-inflected 'Golden Brown', the black-dressed four-piece and the classical ensemble weaving a bewitching tapestry of obscure time signatures."Prom 40: 6 Music Prom, The Stranglers, Laura Marling, London Sinfonietta
"The first Radio 6 Prom collides, with mixed results, the Stranglers and Berio, Laura Marling and Xenakis"Live | Laura Marling, Cerys Matthews, The Stranglers & the London Sinfonietta @ Royal Albert Hall
"The Stranglers were as commanding as you’d expect but finale ‘Golden Brown’ felt more messy than it should – a near-perfect pop song that didn’t especially benefit from added depth and complexity and a bit of confusion around time signatures."Proms 2013: 6 Music Prom, Royal Albert Hall - music review
"The first 6 Music Prom saw The Stranglers smothered by London Sinfonietta, but Laura Marling shone through with songs that showed the worlds of pop and classical can do perfectly well without each other"Prom 40: 6 Music – The Stranglers, Cerys Matthews, Laura Marling, Anna Stéphany, London Sinfonietta
"We had come full-circle, and The Stranglers were back with a triptych of hit songs. ‘Always the Sun’ and ‘Duchess’ gave the band a chance to settle-in further, Jean-Jacques Burnel’s resonant vocals audience-supported."Prom 40: The 6 Music Prom with London Sinfonietta, The Stranglers, Laura Marling and more
"It was just a pity that piling the heavily-amped electric instruments on top of the Sinfonietta’s playing resulted in a somewhat cacophonous sound; the Royal Albert Hall’s acoustic was largely to blame."
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The Stranglers chat with Steve Lamacq
"The Stranglers chat with Steve Lamacq about their first performance at Wembley Stadium thirty four years ago in 1979 before they performed live at the 6 Music Prom."
Cerys Matthews and Anna Meredith
"Cerys Matthews chatting to Anna Meredith about her arrangement of Golden Brown by The Stranglers for the 6 Music Proms"
Jean-Jacques Burnel on why the Stranglers are playing at the BBC Proms
"Isn’t it ironic that the iconic BBC, which people call the Establishment, can be more adventurous than any other broadcaster? They take risks and that’s pretty cool"
Band Of The Week #14: Anna Meredith
"I’ve only just realised how little I’ve worried about the legacy of these iconic works I was arranging for, like ‘Golden Brown’"
The Stranglers – From Golden Brown to golden boys at the Albert Hall
"But the announcement earlier this year that The Stranglers – whose leeringly macho single Peaches was banned by the BBC in 1977 – would be performing at the 119th iteration of Henry Wood’s annual Beeb-supported classical music festival still managed to raise a few eyebrows. Punks at the Proms!"