THE STRANGLERS – “Let Me Introduce You To The Family” / “Vietnamerica” (Liberty BP 405) October 1981
The Stranglers “Let Me Introduce You To The Family” – Before the multitudes arise, howling “ohmigod, not another old group going funk”, it seems only fair to point out that this is a less radical departure for the Meninblack (oops, sorry: are we trying to live that one down?).
The earlier ‘Bear Cage’ and long-ago Devo-ish ‘Rok It’ pointed in this direction. ‘Family’ works pretty well; yes, it is funkoid, but only as far as the Stranglers’ inimitable style will allow.
If limitation means prevention of a too drastic step in a foreign direction, then perhaps it’s a useful asset.
Be that as it may, the other side is ‘Vietnamerica’, a lush, melodic treat, very Doors but so good that the debt doesn’t matter. (Record Mirror)