The Stranglers – Singles

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The Stranglers – Singles

The Stranglers are a band that I’ve followed for a long time.  I upgraded my UK LP’s with Japanese LP’s, then I got the first CD issues, then I had to get upgraded CD issues; I got most of their 45’s in real time at the time of release; I also got 2 x EMI UK CD Single boxed sets – so far, apart from a single CD of “Extended Mixes”, CBS has not yet re-done their Stranglers singles!

Not counting solo works by members of the band, I have 125+ Stranglers titles in my collection, making them one of the largest ‘new wave’ collections that I possess.  I only got to see them play live once, but I have seen Hugh Cornwell several times – he always puts on a good show.  I really liked his last solo album, “Hooverdam”.

The contiguous EMI UK Years:

7″ GRIP / LONDON LADY (PS)                                                                      U.A. UK                   UP 36211

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ NO MORE HEROES / IN THE SHADOWS (PS)                                     U.A. UK                   UP 36300

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ PEACHES / GO BUDDY GO (PS)                                                             U.A. UK                   UP 36248

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE / STRAIGHTEN OUT (PS)               U.A. UK                   UP 36277

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ 5 MINUTES / ROK IT TO THE MOON (PS)                                             U.A. UK                   UP 36350

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY / SHUT UP (PS)                                                           U.A. UK                   UP 36379

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ SVERIGE / IN THE SHADOWS (PS)                                                        U.A. SWEDEN       UP 36459

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ WALK ON BY / MEAN TO ME / TITS white                                               U.A. UK                   FREE 9

1978 3 TRKS no pic sleeve, White vinyl

7″ WALK ON BY / OLD CODGER / TANK (PS)                                           U.A. UK                   UP 36429

1978 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ DUCHESS / FOOLS RUSH OUT (PS)                                                    U.A. UK                   BP 308

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ NUCLEAR DEVICE / YELLOWCAKE UFO (PS)                                    U.A. UK                   BP 318

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ DON’T BRING HARRY (EP) (PS)                                                             U.A. UK                   STR 1

1979 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

7″ TOMORROW WAS THE HEREAFTER                                                    U.A. UK                   SIS 001

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ BEAR CAGE / SHAH SHAH A GO GO (PS)                                             U.A. UK                   BP 344

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ N’EMMENES PAS HARRY / LIVIN’ IN A BEAR CAGE (PS)                   U.A. FR                    2C008-82868

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ WHO WANTS THE WORLD / MENINBLACK, THE (PS)                      U.A. UK                   BP 355

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ JUST LIKE NOTHING ON EARTH / MANINWHITE (PS)                      U.A. UK                   BP 393

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ LA FOLIE / WALTZ IN BLACK (PS)                                                           U.A. UK                   BP 410

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO THE FAMILY (PS)                                 U.A. UK                   BP 405

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ THROWN AWAY / TOP SECRET (PS)                                                     U.A. UK                   BP 383

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ GOLDEN BROWN / LOVE 30 (PS)                                                          U.A. UK                   BP 407

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ STRANGE LITTLE GIRL / CRUEL GARDEN (PS)                                U.A. UK                   BP 412

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

You can try and find all of the above on vinyl – or you can get these two CD Single boxed sets:

 

CD10 U.A. SINGLES ’77 – ’79 (10CD boxed set)                                             EMI UK                    89172.2

2001 22 TRK Collection; 10 x CD Singles

CD12 U.A. SINGLES ’79 – ’82 (12CD boxed set)                                             EMI UK                    51672.2

2003 29 TRK Collection; 12 x CD Singles

There are a few UK singles I could never lay my hands on, from this set – some ultra rare promo 45’s with edited lyrics etc.  One can’t have everything, eh?  This list is 7” only, too.  Once the band signed to CBS, it quickly becomes a quagmire of releases and formats – never seen some of the CBS UK 7” singles!  Yikes!

For all of the Stranglers singles, I think my favorite is the B-side to “Duchess”, the wonderful “Fools Rush Out”.

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3 Responses to The Stranglers – Singles

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    So many wonderful songs, but “Duchess” is the song that warms my heart immensely every time I’ve heard it for the last 32 years. That song has never lost its power with me. Every play is uplifting.

  2. ronkanefiles says:

    A great single by a great band. I really love “The Raven”, too – but it is forever linked to my first visit to England, back in ’79!

    • postpunkmonk says:

      I only got a copy of “The Raven” when you were in the UK exporting. As I recall, I hit the [then new] Stranglers 1st CD issues hard. I got all of the available UA CDs at once from you. Prior to that I’d only heard the US slash job [“Stranglers IV”]! Fortunately, in 1993 I finally ran across a copy of the original UK LP pressing with the legendary 3D lenticular cover. The same shop also had a bootleg T-shirt with a “Raven” design! Needless to say, I didn’t ditch that in the Great E-Bay Rock Shirt Sell-Off a few years back!

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