An ice cream manufacturer and drummer who was already 40, a karate loving guitarist who became a bassist, a bio physicist teacher and a pipe smoking keyboardist who was originally a guitarist.
From such unlikely characters did the Stranglers grow but it certainly gave them variety and brought a lot to the pot.
The Stranglers were also a tightly knit group who had paid their dues and learnt their craft by playing over 400 gigs in two years (1975-1977) across the country to often very few people.
The stage was set for a uniquely English band to make its mark helped by the emergence of punk rock.
The Stranglers are:
Hugh Cornwell - Guitar and Vocals
Jean Jaques Burnel - Bass Guitar and Vocals
Dave Greenfield - Keyboards and Vocals
Jet Black - Drums and Percussion.
The band first came together in Guildford in 1974 with Jet and Hugh before recruiting guitarist turned bassist Jean Jacques.
Initially calling themselves the Guilford Stranglers they found gigs hard to come by and shortened their name to The Stranglers.
In 1975 Dave joined on keyboards.
Signing with a management deal with Albion in late 75 got them onto the London pub circuit and they played a daunting array of gigs travelling in Jets old ice cream van but picking up fans everywhere including The Finchley Boys, a gang of rowdy football supporters who took the band to their heart and followed them everywhere and a character called Dagenham Dave.
Their stark, aggressive act was seen as intimidating by audiences and the Stranglers never compromised whether being clapped or booed.
As such as punky bands began to appear though 1976 and The Stranglers found their music and attitude in common with the new movement whose members would often attend Stranglers gigs.
After lengthy attempts to secure a deal the band were signed in Dec 76 to UA and their first single Grip appeared in February charting at 44.
2 months later Rattus Norvegicus was released to almost universal acclaim and caused surprise when it reached no 4 in the charts.
The Stranglers debut was originally to be a live album recorded at The Nashville from late 76' but the band didn't like the recording so was scrapped.
The debut was also due to be called Dead On Arrival but Rattus Norvegicus was chosen instead.
Within 5 months they released three double a side singles Peaches/Go Buddy Go, Something Better Change/Straighten Out and No More Heroes/In The Shadows.
Artist: The Stranglers
Album: Rattus Norvegicus
1. Sometimes (4.55)
2. Goodbye Toulouse (3.16)
3. London Lady (2.32)
4. Princess Of The Street (4.37)
5. Hanging Around (4.27)
6. Peaches (4.07)
7. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) (4.02)
8. Ugly (4.07)
9. Down In The Sewer (7.53)
Total Playing Time: 40.01 (min:sec)
Total Size: 60,4 MB (63.324.422 bytes)
No More Heroes was also the name of their second album 5 songs of which was recorded in the same sessions as their first and reached no 2.
Controversy came in the shape of the bands lyrics ie Peaches and mentions of 'Clitoris' and alleged misogyny in their lyrics which became a point of dissonance with journalists and the bands aggressive attitude.
Artist: The Stranglers
Album: No More Heroes
1. I Feel Like A Wog (3.17)
2. Bitching (4.26)
3. Dead Ringer (2.46)
4. Dagenham Dave (3.19)
5. Bring On The Nubiles (2.16)
6. Something Better Change (3.36)
7. No More Heroes (3.29)
8. Peasant In The Big Shitty (3.26)
9. Burning Up Time (2.24)
10. English Towns (2.12)
11. School Mam (7.10)