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For me

Getting all their autographs at the back door of Canterbury Odeon circa 1980 I clearly remember Dave wearing a fur coat!

Getting a picture I painted of them in Art class at school published in the SIS magazine.

Jumping up on stage after the "off the record gig" inb Gillingham and getting a photo with Dave, then sneaking upstairs with a m8, where we were stopped by an old security guy who challenged us, I told him i was Hugh's brother and he let us through!, Got in the dressing room and sat and looked at some of JJ's art with him. The walking down the stairs into the foyer with the 4 MIB, with all my m8's outside staring at us.

Feeling like I was in a big world at the age of 18 watching them in The Rainbow in London. One of my first ventures into the City.

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Good stuff Bladders

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Bladders wrote:For me

Getting all their autographs at the back door of Canterbury Odeon circa 1980 I clearly remember Dave wearing a fur coat!

Getting a picture I painted of them in Art class at school published in the SIS magazine.

Jumping up on stage after the "off the record gig" inb Gillingham and getting a photo with Dave, then sneaking upstairs with a m8, where we were stopped by an old security guy who challenged us, I told him i was Hugh's brother and he let us through!, Got in the dressing room and sat and looked at some of JJ's art with him. The walking down the stairs into the foyer with the 4 MIB, with all my m8's outside staring at us.

Feeling like I was in a big world at the age of 18 watching them in The Rainbow in London. One of my first ventures into the City.
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Bladders wrote:For me

Getting all their autographs at the back door of Canterbury Odeon circa 1980 I clearly remember Dave wearing a fur coat!

Getting a picture I painted of them in Art class at school published in the SIS magazine.

Jumping up on stage after the "off the record gig" inb Gillingham and getting a photo with Dave, then sneaking upstairs with a m8, where we were stopped by an old security guy who challenged us, I told him i was Hugh's brother and he let us through!, Got in the dressing room and sat and looked at some of JJ's art with him. The walking down the stairs into the foyer with the 4 MIB, with all my m8's outside staring at us.

Feeling like I was in a big world at the age of 18 watching them in The Rainbow in London. One of my first ventures into the City.
Great story mate.

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Morning, just found this top thread, thought I’d ‘resurrect’ it cos I like it, musta missed it, might have even contributed to it, dunno not read it all yet but I like the story about JJ twatting the sieg heiling nazi skinhead cnut off the stage, nice one JJ.
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derby62 wrote:
27 Sep 2011, 15:17
Thinking about this thread good memories keep coming back--it's Aug.1980 on the WWTW tour at Bath pavilion this was the
era when skinheads were causing trouble at gigs--they caused a few fights at Crawley on the second night of the tour the band
stopped and Hugh berated them--but at Bath JJ took slightly more drastic action--there was about 8 skins causing trouble and
the venues security were struggling to keep it in hand when one of the skins jumps on stage and if I remember correctly he
starts doing the sieg heil salute the band carry on playing when JJ launches a right hander on him and sends him flying through
the air and back into the crowd with this the skins are on their tails and to great cheers from the rest of the crowd gone
pretty quickly--JJ missed about 3 notes and carried on playing as if nothing had happened--classic moment :grin:
Thanks for that story derby62.
Brilliant, heh heh, dumb soft as shit Nazi Skinheads, well deserved, nice one JJ.
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Those 80’s gigs though were so ... dunno summat in the air, the feeling that summat was gonna kick off at any moment, there was plenty of violence and it was quite scary back then when I was just 14.
Most of the violence was coming from the stage though, that nutter on bass! Love him!
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derby62 wrote:
27 Sep 2011, 15:17
Thinking about this thread good memories keep coming back--it's Aug.1980 on the WWTW tour at Bath pavilion this was the
era when skinheads were causing trouble at gigs--they caused a few fights at Crawley on the second night of the tour the band
stopped and Hugh berated them--but at Bath JJ took slightly more drastic action--there was about 8 skins causing trouble and
the venues security were struggling to keep it in hand when one of the skins jumps on stage and if I remember correctly he
starts doing the sieg heil salute the band carry on playing when JJ launches a right hander on him and sends him flying through
the air and back into the crowd with this the skins are on their tails and to great cheers from the rest of the crowd gone
pretty quickly--JJ missed about 3 notes and carried on playing as if nothing had happened--classic moment :grin:
This is such a great thread and I love this story about JJ twatting the skinhead! It’s fantastic to read all your experiences folks.

Most of the last 35 years, I’ve had similar stories involving David Bowie. He’s my all time no.1. Seen him live almost 200 times all over the world and met him several times. Wonderful man. But, I’ve seen The Stranglers quite a few times, albeit only since around 2007 onwards (I think - I can’t actually remember when I saw my first gig). Seen three shows on this current tour and my biggest moment was meeting JJ and Dave just two days ago (21st March) after the Southend gig. I hugged JJ and he signed my poster (as did Dave). We had a bit of banter as he said, “can you hold it tight” and I replied, “careful, we’ve only just met,” which got a few chuckles from him and a couple of other guys who were there. As he got in the car I said, “see you tomorrow in Brixton” and he took my right hand and kissed it. Made my night!!!

What a lovely guy!

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Mercury Rising wrote:
23 Mar 2019, 22:30
derby62 wrote:
27 Sep 2011, 15:17
Thinking about this thread good memories keep coming back--it's Aug.1980 on the WWTW tour at Bath pavilion this was the
era when skinheads were causing trouble at gigs--they caused a few fights at Crawley on the second night of the tour the band
stopped and Hugh berated them--but at Bath JJ took slightly more drastic action--there was about 8 skins causing trouble and
the venues security were struggling to keep it in hand when one of the skins jumps on stage and if I remember correctly he
starts doing the sieg heil salute the band carry on playing when JJ launches a right hander on him and sends him flying through
the air and back into the crowd with this the skins are on their tails and to great cheers from the rest of the crowd gone
pretty quickly--JJ missed about 3 notes and carried on playing as if nothing had happened--classic moment :grin:
This is such a great thread and I love this story about JJ twatting the skinhead! It’s fantastic to read all your experiences folks.

Most of the last 35 years, I’ve had similar stories involving David Bowie. He’s my all time no.1. Seen him live almost 200 times all over the world and met him several times. Wonderful man. But, I’ve seen The Stranglers quite a few times, albeit only since around 2007 onwards (I think - I can’t actually remember when I saw my first gig). Seen three shows on this current tour and my biggest moment was meeting JJ and Dave just two days ago (21st March) after the Southend gig. I hugged JJ and he signed my poster (as did Dave). We had a bit of banter as he said, “can you hold it tight” and I replied, “careful, we’ve only just met,” which got a few chuckles from him and a couple of other guys who were there. As he got in the car I said, “see you tomorrow in Brixton” and he took my right hand and kissed it. Made my night!!!

What a lovely guy!
Cool, JJ roolz and Bowie does too! Got all his albums but his last 2 - The Next Day & Blackstar were just like the best, brilliant! 2 of my faves albums from the ‘10’s, always playing those 2 albums.
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Yes Blackstar is very good and well, what a way to end your life !

Could never make up my mind what my favourite Bowie album is. It's either gotta be Alladin Sane or Hunky Dory. Scary Monsters was great too, although I can't really stomach Fashion or Ashes to Ashes anymore these days..

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Arthur Streeb-Greebling wrote:
25 Mar 2019, 16:32
Cool, JJ roolz and Bowie does too! Got all his albums but his last 2 - The Next Day & Blackstar were just like the best, brilliant! 2 of my faves albums from the ‘10’s, always playing those 2 albums.
It’s Cool there’s another Bowie fan on ere.
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Yeah, they are great albums! I remember when The Next Day was released. The anticipation was electrifying. I was almost bouncing off the walls with excitement! The ten year gap since Reality in 2003 probably led to that cos it was just SO good to have him back! I have difficulty listening to Blackstar though. I know he left it for us as his parting gift but it's just so heartbreaking, although it is a FANTASTIC piece of work. His passing was one of the worst periods of my life. How the hell he created such a masterpiece under the conditions he faced beggars belief. A true artist in every sense.

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aldinblack wrote:
25 Mar 2019, 17:02
Yes Blackstar is very good and well, what a way to end your life !

Could never make up my mind what my favourite Bowie album is. It's either gotta be Alladin Sane or Hunky Dory. Scary Monsters was great too, although I can't really stomach Fashion or Ashes to Ashes anymore these days..

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As I replied above, I struggle sometimes listening to Blackstar. But I do love it. It's a wonderful album, just too sad.

As for deciding between Aladdin Sane or Hunky Dory for your favourite album, you've listed my top two! In that order! Aladdin Sane has been my favourite for years and the title track is my all time favourite track. Scary Monsters is brilliant, especially Teenage Wildlife. I'm gonna have the lyrics, "a real life adventure worth more than pieces of gold" as a tattoo on my right forearm (got blackstar on my left forearm) cos because of Bowie, I've had a real life adventure (following his tours all over the world between 1989-2004 and meeting him etc.).

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shah wrote:
16 Mar 2007, 06:38
I was listening to the Kid Jensen session again last night with my son and when Nuke went into Genetix it brought back a huge thrill that went through my body recollecting when I was glued to the receiver back in 1982. The thrill was a) the MIB on radio b) in FM c) Not just all La Folie tracks as most bands played their latest stuff only and d) and most importantly, they went straight into Genetix and made it an 8 minutes and 12 extravaganza - this being the first time we'd heard that combo apart from at gigs.

So it got me to thinking what are my top 10 Stranglers moments that will always mean something special to me. Moments that seem inane perhaps but to us were hyper-special. I'd love to hear yours, mine are as follows and in order:

1. Seeing the '5 minutes' video on TOTP.
The lack of the boys on tv, no internet, no VCR, just NME pictures and articles made every piece of celluloid special. When this came on in Jan 78 it blew my tiny developing mind. I remember sitting in front of the tv, on my front, trying desperately to block out every other sense apart from sight and sound and wanting the moment to go on forever. That 3 minutes and 20 seconds is the greatest, meanest, coolest, most forbidding, most convincing piece of Stranglers footage ever. Suddenly all was black and menacing, wires and smoke, white light and shadows. A black Fender Precision, little tv's pulsing, Cornwell on something, Black quaaluded into scariness. And what a fucking song. And when JJ looks left at the end...oh my god! he's looking at me...tick tick tick tick...immense moment.

2. Hearing Something Better Change on the radio in July 1977
This was the song that turned my head and made me follow. The swirling guitar and the easy to follow keyboard runs and, again, Burnel's brilliant vocals. Just about punk but wonderfully melodic and interesting.

3. Taunton Odeon September 21 1979
First time I saw them; day of release of the Raven; six kids in a Cortina driving up to the A38 - all I remember is the thud of the drum to 5 minutes, the spectacular Raven backdrop, the red light from the eye during Raven; the white lights; the weird new songs; it all being over too quickly.

4. Getting a long letter from HAC from Musicland 1980
Could not believe it when that landed on my doorstep in July 1980. I'd written to him when he was in jail - never expected a reply. But he did. Answered all my questions; told me the new LP would be out in September. When he addressed it 'Musicland 1980' I thought it was just a fun throwaway idea...it was only years later that I read that Musicland was the Studio in Germany where they blew up the console - so e wrote to me from the studio. Just a fab thought. He signed it Hugh Strangler which was so cool.

5. Listening to the John Peel session in May 1978 when he played the white side of B&W a week before it was released. Radio tucked under the pillow, fighting off the sheep, Peel didn't get around to playing the White side until 11.35pm! Amazing thoughts listening to it - particularly Sleazy and Toiler. This was a new Stranglers.

6. Getting the 3-D raven lp and listening to it for the first time.
The cover was magnificent, the music was astonishing - so complex, so melodic, so slow, so jagged, a plethora of minute long instrumentals before vocals or a complete change in the song, just mind blowing.

7. Seeing 'Rockstage' on TV.
Late night, again no video, devouring every minute of this show that was on at 11.30 having begged my parents to let me stay up to see it. Shah into Ice - wow! The strobe in Tank flickering up images of the black puppets in dance beneath the gaze of The Raven- just MIB nectar. Thrown Away absorbed before its release, just a magic pulsing, thrusting little pop song - the finest recording of that song ever I dare to say. Toiler just mind blowing in its ferocity.

8. The 1982 Kid jensen session
Just a wonderful surprise selection of songs - in FM quality!! New takes on old gems.

9. The Tube Jan 1983
Again, media manna in a dry land. Never heard MSD before and the clever transition into EF. Again, a new corner turned by the band. Then 'quiet, this is serious...an un, oo, a un oo ee oar - bang! bang! - WWTW? A lovely surpise and great camera work on JJ's bass - which was new to us ( we hadn't seen 'off the record 1982" yet)

10. Meeting, sitting next to and being given a drink by JJ in the Hallam Towers hotel bar in Sheffield 1985.
Just sitting there shoulder to shoulder, by chance - there was room, he came over, he sat down - and talking nonchanantly was just surreal. I kept looking forward at all these fellow MIB looking at him next to me, me thinking...what about that, I'm just sitting here passing the time sitting next to jean jacques burnel...FUCK ME! I kept taking the odd glance and he looked odd so close up with his little Gallic nose and curly Aural Sculpture hair cut, his head looked bigger than normal; his wooly black jumper smelt of pot; his spindly Doc covered legs stretching out beyond mine, but touching from thigh to knee. Just like mates. And him laughing and agreeing with one of my comments as if we were mates...just normal, enthralling and synapse snapping at the same time.

There you go. I enjoyed that. Great memories. Important ones.

Shah
Still discovering great things from this great thread, I think your original first post Mr Shah is excellent and quite hard to beat.
Just to pick out one of your Personal MiB moments - John Peel, I used to love as a kid borrowing my Dads radio and listening to John Peel tucked up in bed too (& Tommy Vance and Friday Night Rock Show*) closely with my ear stuck to the radio but can’t remember Peely playing Black & White albums first side all the way through, obvs missed that but feck, that is so great, generous, brave and so nice and cool of him to do that.

Keep em coming everyone.
So good to read about other people’s Stranglers memories.
Thank you.

* I remember so vividly as a 10 year old back in 1977 Tommy Vance on the Friday Night Rock Show playing live versions of Burning Up Time and a few other Stranglers songs.
The sheer rawness of those Stranglers songs really blew me away and I don’t remember hearing anything as raw as that since, wish I still had my tapes.
I could be wrong but perhaps he was playing Live X-Cert? I don’t think he was but anyhow, life changing....!
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Ah yes it's all coming back...remember John Peel playing B & W like it was yesterday. Struggled the following morning to get up for school but it was worth it...remember the old man saying you'll never last till 12 ( or words to that effect ). I recall being a bit confused with some of the tracks especially Do You Wanna merging into Death and Night. A kid in school came in with the album and the white ep a week later. Having heard it was limited i rang my big brother at home and begged him to nip out and get a copy...no chance he said i'm off to work soon..got home and it was there, top man. Simple things eh.
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