“Johnnie Walker spins the hits and digs out the rarities from the decade we went decimal. This week JJ Burnel from The Stranglers remembers his 70s.
Following the release of a new studio album Giants, and in the midst of a new tour, the bass guitarist and songwriter with The Stranglers goes back 35 years to remember their success. From Peaches to No More Heroes, The Stranglers walked the line from punk to new wave and JJ remembers the band’s formation, their success and the music of their contemporaries.”
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"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."
"Jet Black. Let’s face it, the guy is a legend. Born before World War Two broke out he was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2007 and yet here he is, pounding away on the drums for 90 minutes like a man, well, quarter his age."
"The mostly instrumental ‘Walk On By’ served as the gig’s highlight, with the audience in constant astonishment at Baz Warne’s stunning guitar riffs, which were backed by Dave Greenfield’s raging keyboard arpeggios."
"When you hear of old acts returning after so long it can understandably make your heart sink, a lot after all never return to be anywhere near the standard they were before but this is one thing that can definitely not be said for The Stranglers."
"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."