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'Rattus Norvegicus' by the Stranglers IV was the very first punk record I ever brought,
don't seem like 40 years ago it hit the shelves. It still has an impact on me, and feels
timeless even to this day. I never grow tired of playing this dark, intence and extremely
menacing album. Especially with Dave Greenfields melodramatic gothic organ fills and JJ
Burnels outstanding 'Baracuda' bass playing which had a sound all of its own. And it was
all delivered with Hugh Cornwell's brilliant sneering tone, which give the band their own
uncompromising vocal snarl. It's still a classic punk album up their with
the Pistols and
Ramones. And boasting not one filler track, it brought the anger of punk, fused with the
musicianship of a band on the breadline who were complete outsiders, but fitted in
amazingly well with punks fantastic array of styles and freaks, which hit us during the late
70's punk boom. It was also extemely addictive, like a secret obssession you were'nt
supposed to indulge in, but you always did! And I wasn't the only one who felt that way, for
it begun a massive run in the UK album charts of the day. The album peaked at No. 4,
eventually spending 34 weeks on the chart.
Back in mid 1976, due to the persistance of Albion Management and their rapidly building
reputation as a live band,
The Stranglers became the focus of interest from the A&R
departments of various record companies.
At the forefront of the chase to sign the band was a young A&R man from UA records
called Andrew Lauder, who had a keen ear for everything up and coming in music.
After signing to United Artists Records in late 1976 and releasing the debut 'Grip' 45 in
February the band had a decent major label to release their material and an album was
imminent. During Jan/Feb '77
The Stranglers record practically 3 years worth of songs
over a 6 day period with producer Martin Rushent and engineer Alan Winstanley at T.W.
Studios in Fulham, London. Plans for a debut live album were quickly scrapped (thank
fuck) in favour of a studio recording. Which is unleashed on the general public in mid April
1977 as the classic debut LP 'Rattus Norvegicus'. An album named after the Latin term for
Norwegian Rat, which was also a huge piece of vermin. The 9 tracks chosen from the 16
or so recorded in 6 days comprised of entirely original material and practically the bands
stage set. It came wrapped in a gothic looking sleeve, which had the culprits staring out at
us in satanic majesty in the Trevor Rogers’ eerie gold and green hue shot. And with a rat
running across the rear, you just knew these miscreants were gonna produce something
unsettling. The British music press of the day immediately declared it sexist and accused
the band of glorifying violent themes. But that didn't stop this becoming one of the biggest
selling punk albums of 1977 and an undoubted classic! The first 15,000 copies contain a
fee single featuring unreleased tracks 'Choosy Suzie' and a live rendition of 'Peasant in
the big Shitty'...For a full and hilarious review from the NME music mag click the sleeve.
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This Months Backdrop
This months backdrop is the iconic rear sleeve of
'Rattus Norvegiicus' picturing a rat running along
a log on a hot summer evening.

This Months Youtube
Is the Stranglers debut album 'Rattus
Norvegicus' in full, which still sounds great 40
years on. But I suggest you buy a copy on CD
immediately so you can hear the full sonic
overload of this dark master piece. A classic in
anyones opinion.
Born October 26th 2009 - Conceived 1977
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This Months Playlist
THE STRANGLERS  - 'Rattus Norvegicus' LP
THE STRANGLERS - 'No More Heroes' LP
THE STRANGLERS - 'Black And White' LP
THE STRANGLERS- 'Live X-Cert' LP
THE STRANGLERS - 'The Raven' LP

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Is the bands official site THE STRANGLERS which
concentrates of the current line-up. But if you
explore the links some of the fan sites offer some
great historic references.