THE STRANGLERS – “Don’t Bring Harry” / “Wired” (United Artists STR 1) November 1979
The Stranglers “Don’t Bring Harry” – A bid for festive financial aid from the men you’d most like to beat you up for Christmas, a cursory listen informs me that this – like ‘The Raven’ – is not one of the Strangling Ones’ best but rather a gesture for the Xmas shoppers with things like Crabs’ (live from the Ronnie Gurr kid-napping at Hemel Hempstead) and ‘In The Shadows’ cluttering the other side.
I should just hold on to ‘Black And White’ if I were you. (Record Mirror)
Slow, dreamy tune that has the advantage of not sounding remotely like The Stranglers. “Harry” is the lead track of an EP which features selections from Cornwell and Burnel’s solo efforts plus a live version of “In The Shadows” from back in 1977. (Smash Hits)