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The Stranglers- So banal

 
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Clive55



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:00 pm    Post subject: The Stranglers- So banal Reply with quote

Listening to The Strangler's "Golden Brown" it strikes me that it is simply a rather banal advert for Heroin. "Never a frown, with golden Brown".
How banal is that?
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Mark Mayhew



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry cannot agree.

The Stranglers made a number of great songs in the "punk era".
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Clive55



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do agree that the Stranglers were the best of the Punk bands & the quality of their music was quite high.
I loved this song for a long time, the music & feel. But listening to the lyrics it did sound to me simply like a banal advert
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't have known what it was about in the first place... Razz
I don't usually take note of any lyrics - just the instruments.
I liked the Strangliers too in their time but I wouldn't be able to list many of their songs.
I liked "Peaches" and "Go Buddy Go!"
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always thought that the Stranglers were much better live in smaller venues than they ever were on record. I remember seeing them very early in their career and they were really good (and loud) but their recordings always sounded limp by comparison.

I was in the crowd of the Live at Battersea recording - and very drunk, I recall.
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Clive55



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They were one of the few punk outfits which had propper musicians
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nod



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:13 pm    Post subject: Re: The Stranglers- So banal Reply with quote

Clive55 wrote:
"Never a frown, with golden Brown".


I thought it was 'Gordon Brown' Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:11 pm    Post subject: Re: The Stranglers- So banal Reply with quote

nod wrote:
Clive55 wrote:
"Never a frown, with golden Brown".


I thought it was 'Gordon Brown' Rolling Eyes
Laughing Laughing
Maybe he should adopt it for his election campaign!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just bought a new copy of IV Rattus Norvegicus and it still sounds a good album Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 2:08 pm    Post subject: The Stranglers - so banal Reply with quote

I loved the use of 'Get A Grip On Yourself' on Early Doors during the birthday do!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

colby wrote:
I always thought that the Stranglers were much better live in smaller venues than they ever were on record. I remember seeing them very early in their career and they were really good (and loud) but their recordings always sounded limp by comparison.


I couldn't agree more. I used to go and see them when they were still a pub band (in 1976) and there was only a small crowd. They were absolutely amazing then.
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