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272.  The Stranglers

As we look over our list we are a little overwhelmed with the amount of bands that flew the Punk label. Of course when looking at the Stranglers we are not sure what genre they were officially labeled as they seem to effortlessly shift between many musical styles.

Just what were the Stranglers? They were originally a Pub Rock band that became a Proto Punk band, that embraced Punk than New Wave than basically whatever genre they felt like playing. They were raunchy and wild and though they seemed to be following whatever musical trend was popular they had no issue making that musical style seem uniquely their own. The Stranglers racked up multiple hits in the United Kingdom, though their lack of American success will hamper their chances for the Hall.



The Bullet Points:

Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Guildford, England)


Why They Will Get In:

Their ability to embrace and conquer several styles works in their favor.


Why They Won’t Get In:

They barely made a dent in the United States despite their massive British success.


Nominated In:



Essential Albums:

Rattus Norvegicus (1976)

No More Heroes (1977)

Black and White (1978)

La Folie (1981)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

Peaches (From Rattus Norvegicus, 1976)

Ugly (From Rattus Norvegicus, 1976)

No More Heroes (From No More Heroes, 1977)

Duchess (From The Raven, 1979)

Golden Brown (From La Folie, 1981)

Should The Stranglers be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 77.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.5%
No opinion. - 2.5%
No way! - 2.5%
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