THE STRANGLERS – ‘(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)’/’London Lady’ (United Artists UP 36211) February 1977

The Stranglers looked and sounded very nasty indeed. Just take a look at the picture sleeve showing the group in all of their unkempt glory. They all look like they haven’t slept or been washed for days.

True story: Back in 1979 (it had to be then cos I was in the 3rd year at Comp taking in a boring French lesson…I dropped the subject a year later cos I was so shit at it)….Anyhow, a lad in my class called Andrew Mole was a big Stranglers fan and had all of their records. I asked him what he thought of the new Stranglers single at the time and he replied that he didn’t like The Stranglers any more cos he was more into Jethro Tull.

Jethro fucking Tull. The prog group fronted by a hippie standing on one leg playing a flute! What the frig happened to his taste in music. I’ve remembered this for decades.

I’m not quite sure of the name of the magazine this Stranglers image was published in. It’s one of those very rare pictures that hasn’t either been photographed by myself from an archived piece of ephemera or scanned. I believe it’s origins are from a German publication.

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