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Post by gizzard » 27 Mar 2007, 11:31

1. Seeing the band live for the first time. I got given a copy of Black + White in 1978 and bought my first Stranglers record Duchess in 1979 but my first gig was’nt until Chippenham Goldiggers the first night of the Feline tour 28 January 1983. We lived on a farm at the time ‘out in the sticks’and money was tight plus I could’nt drive and I never know anyone I could have gone to a gig with. I still religiously bought all releases and subscribed to Strangled with the bit of money I earnt and also with pocket money. The build up to the gig was so intense and I can remember walking in to the venue and seeing a crowd of black clothed fans and thought yep this is what I’ve been waiting for for nearly 4 years. My most vivid memory of the gig is Hugh’s white shoes and the Aural Sculpture intro before they came on and launched into Nuclear Device. The next 90 minutes or so went by in a blur. Now that I was earning money(I was just short of 17) I had money so I bought nearly every item on merchandise going. The following days were lost in a maze and I could’nt get over what I had seen. The band that had meant so much to me I had finally seen them. What an experience and one I will never forget.
2. The Raven. Quite simply a masterpiece. Every time I listen to this I hear something new and fresh. B+W, Rattus and even Suite XVI all come close but this will always be my favourite album.
3. Strangled magazine. It was a sad day when this was no more. Every time it dropped on the door mat it was read cover to cover and again also it case I missed something. It was something for us the fans no-one else. Very sadly missed.
4. Meeting the band. Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them at various times. I can remember must have been around 1983 going into a local pub(near Jets house) walking into the toilet and there was Hugh taking a leak I was lost for words and just managed a sheepish hello. Also walking up Tetbury high street one day wearing my Feline sweatshirt when out of a shop comes Jet, He sees my sweatshirt gives me a massive grin says hello to which I reply and then I’m lost for words(again!).
5. We had a works Xmas party at a posh hotel in Swindon a few years back but I did’nt go as I was going see Three Men and Black who were playing at the Swindon Arts Centre, The gig was good and a load of us stayed behind to chat with JJ and the others afterwards. I then popped down to where the party was to have a chat with work colleagues. I was stood at the bar looked round and there was JJ checking into the hotel. I went over said Hi again he asked what I was doing I explained about the party and asked if he wanted a drink and he came over and we chatted for about 30 mins before he went off to his room.
6. Out with Jet. Around late 85/early 86 one of my mates asked if I wanted go with him and his dad to see his cousins band who were playing a local gig so I said yes, Turned up at this place and who else should be there but Jet Black! :shock: He was good friends with my mates dad(they lived close to Jet) and he’d ask Jet to see this band and to give them advice/see what they were like etc. So we got into Jets car to see this band. Turned up to find we were a week early so we went back to the local pub for a few beers and many a tale told.
7. Releases/merchandise. Over the years I’ve spent much money and time collecting everything possible to do with the band. Every release was bought on the day of release in every format. Covers were studied and the music listened to countless times. I never owned a ‘bootleg’ until the late nineties but I bought a cassette of Norwich 1993 at a record fair and never looked back since. I now trade with a few good people and also hunt record fairs and the internet for more(you can never have enough live recordings good or bad). All are stored in storage boxes with covers and track listing. I must have just Stranglers alone over 300+ with more arriving often.
8. Gigs. After the first one in 1983 I’ve gone to as many as possible and I still get the same excitement now as I did with the first. When the lights go down and WIB comes on it’s still make me shiver with excitement as the prospect of the next 90 minutes. I’ve noticed recently that when the band come on and after JJ has strapped on his bass he always gives an appreciative nod to the audience as I think he knows what special fans we are and the same as we know what a special band they are. I’ve seen many other bands over the last 24 years and there have been good ones but there is nothing better that seeing your favourite band in concert. And long may it continue.
9. Finally you lot the fans. Over the last few years especially I’ve met many wonderful people at Stranglers gigs and many on the net. They really are a special bunch and aside from obviously seeing the band meeting up and talking Stranglers and hearing their stories just adds to the live experience.
10. The future. Whatever or how long it goes let’s enjoy the ride.
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Post by Ian9331 » 27 Mar 2007, 12:14

I'm having a crap day at work but that has just cheered me up Gizz! Excellent read. Thanks. I'm taking this afternoon off & heading down the pub!

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Post by Alias » 27 Mar 2007, 20:54

Nice one Giz and Paul, excellent read guys.
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Post by SmallPaul » 27 Mar 2007, 21:44

At the '93 Convention, as I photographed my girlfriend (now Mrs SmallPaul) with JJ, he put his hand on her arse. She was well pleased.

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Post by steveareno » 27 Mar 2007, 22:16

Really enjoyed your post Gizz.

Thanks.

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Post by Alias » 27 Mar 2007, 22:39

In absolutely no order at all:

1) Like a few others I have to include Rockstage, I remember sitting up biting my nails all through Hazel O'Conner's set counting down the seconds till the MiB hit the screen. Screen is probably too kind a word for it though- I watched this up in my room, me with headphones plugged into a Tapedeck/Radio/TV combi we had up there. One of those car ariel type things you had to pull out and stick at a crazy angle just to get a picture, holding it in place when you got one and with a Black & White screen of about 4" Square, but it didn't matter- for that half hour I was in heaven and got to record it too on an audio tape that I wore out within a couple of months.
Getting to see that show again a couple of years ago for the first time since then was truly breathtaking, it's still probably the best filmed performance of the band I have ever seen.

2) 1st gig- it really is a blur now, the details gone, lost to the mists of time and burnt out braincells but I still wouldn't swap what memories I have left with anyone. There might have been people at the same gig with better memories of it than me but no one felt as fucken electric as I did that night.
Being "lost in the crowd" at those early Stranglers gigs. No feeling like it. Not even seeing the band for most of the gig due to being right at the front of the huge Apollo stage and being part of the universal unconscious, jumping and shouting and clapping and cheering and singing along and sweating and falling over and picking others up. Truly excstatic.
It shaped the way I experienced gigs for a lifetime, I'm still unable (or not comfortable) to sit at a fucken Rock N Roll show. Sacrilege. And experiencing it all over again, once again sweaty and bouncing and lost in music last year at the ABC gig. Bliss.

3) Going into the town and buying The Gospel According To... on release day (the first time of what would become a ritual). Feeling so fucken PROUD striding up to the counter (HMV Shop, Union Street, Glasgow) and asking for the new Stranglers album. How good did that use to feel? I love the Stranglers - you fucken know it and who gives a flying fuck what anyone else thinks. Studying every inch of the gatefold cover all the way home on the train (sadly no printed inner sleeve this time, I loved ogling all the icons on The Raven and all the wee live pix on Live XCerts), hardly able to wait to stick it on the turn-table and find out what the MiB had been up to.

4) Oran Mor gig- Fan Power in action!
As I've mentioned before, through nothing more than good fortune I ended up at the table where JJ and Baz would be sat between sets, with another load of the kind of mad for it fans that made that night really special. One girl was a raving Stranglers nut, but her boyfriend had just been dragged along by her and wasn't really a fan. And it turned out he got the best seat in the house - with both Baz and JJ leaning in to have a chinwag throughout the sets. I was close enough to get Baz a Brandy & Black and hear him mutter under his breath, "I couldn't take the grief!" when JJ announced from the stage that, "If we ever need a new singer we know who to ask."
It was a brilliant night, a great laugh with a raffle and all sorts of mad pish, and a chance to bang into MatesinBlack, both new and old- at the signing/chat at the end I ran into an old mate I hadn't seen for about 12 years (who's now a regular on the board), so that was another "made my night" moment.

5) I'd have to include finding this site (and through it Dr.Blacks site and the BUT PDFs) in my personal MiB moments, can't remember now how I stumbled upon it, but it definitely rekindled the old Stranglers flame that had burned down low in the preceding years. Once I got a PC and started looking around the internet and buying too much from ebay (got well sick of the sight of Mr.Postie dragging his bulging sack down my garden path) it was The Stranglers that I returned to, buying up a couple of old Mk1 gig discs and DVDs for nostalgias sake but never really counted the band at the time as a going concern, but it was from visiting the Burning Up Time site that I lost myself all over again in the world of the Stranglers, past and present. It rekindled my interest enough to go see JJ's now infamous solo gig at Kind Tuts, where I met Christopher who ended up organising the Oran Mor gig. I took in a few more Hugh gigs, solo and with band and resigned myself to once again being a fan and going to see the Stranglers again next time they played, convincing myself that I could now just about handle "the new singer"!

6) Meeting JJ, Hugh and Dave in the alley beside the Apollo on the Aural Sculpture tour, and getting the 12" of Bearcage/Shah signed by the same outside the Barrowlands years later (How fucken huge JJ and Shug looked that day as they strode towards the entrance (and me) from their shared car).

7) Sticking Aural Sculpture on for the very first time and hearing those horns come in halfway through Ice Queen- it really was devastating for me at the time. And not in a good way. Can't all be good memories!

8) Drunkenly agreeing to sell a mate in the pub a couple of shaped and picture discs in the "dark days" and then luckily forgetting all about it when sober. Sorry John :smile:

9) Sitting up all night in bed listening to Street Sounds on Radio Clyde through one of those wee hearing-aid style headphone thingies plugged into a tiny tranny, hoping for some Stranglers on the radio.

10) Searching for Stranglers goodies at countless record fairs and up the Barras. The totally shit quality video tape I got with the Black Doc, a couple of TV shows and a bit of the No Nukes gig on it was a prized possession for many years.

11) Being totally into the band at just the right age- Pissed out of my box on Croft Original, doing the JJ shuffle on a disused bandstand in St.Andrews. :lol:
http://www.thestranglerssite.co.uk/foru ... 2&start=36
Being so proud of the band and Golden Brown when I was at school and it was heading up the charts and on the radio, other people started to get a small inkling of what all the fuss was about, why I always wore docs and black.


Shit, and that's just the ones I remember tonght!
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Post by PaulinLondon » 28 Mar 2007, 06:49

Brilliant post Alias. 8)
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Post by Frank Castle » 28 Mar 2007, 18:41

Great post Gizz(wiping tears away) and Alias was it me you offered to sell the picture discs to? Can't remember the night in question,come to think of it I don't remember many nights from back then.

Good post mate.

And where are my fucking picture discs ya bass!!!!!

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Post by Alias » 28 Mar 2007, 20:08

Frank Castle wrote:
And where are my fucking picture discs ya bass!!!!!
:lol:
Another drunken night in the Solid mate. :smile:
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Post by ThruBeingCool » 28 Mar 2007, 20:37

One of the best threads on here for a long while. Very interesting reading indeed.

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Post by Alias » 29 Apr 2008, 20:47

Great fucken thread, like.

Pour yourself a large one, feet up and have another read..
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Post by theraven1979 » 29 Apr 2008, 20:51

Forums Gold?

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