...SUNDAY JANUARY 30TH 1977
The Stranglers support the
M.O.R. Climax Blues band
tonight at London's Rainbow
Theatre. What must've been
the mismatch of the year by
some record company plugger
turned out to be more than an
hiliarious footnote in punk
folklore.
The Stranglers were
already experiencing trouble
from disgruntled Greater
London Council over
everything from stage dress to
language. The pious members
of the GLC Public committee
were already monitoring the
bands behaviour since
witnessing what was deemed
bad behaviour at a gig before
Christmas. And with the
Rainbow being the first major
GLC run venue to host a 'punk
band' they were out in force.
The Stranglers were deemed
such a threat that they had
restrictions writtten into the bands contract with the Rainbow assuring that "certain words would not
appear on their apparel or over amplification". Which they naturally adhered to. The incorrigable Hugh
Cornwell comes on stage with a t-shirt adorned with 'Fuck' and before any monitors spotted it they
actually managed to play for half an hour before he was asked to remove it, which he didn't and the
power was pulled!!!
Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias
play Manchester Royal Exchange tonight.
Hugh Cornwell flaunting the GLC rulebook
Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias
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