Upon arrival, the Stranglers were perhaps inappropriately corralled into London's boisterous Punk camp. Like many Punk bands, they specialized in offensive, woman-baiting song lyrics and chord-defacing guitar speed, and they were notorious for mercilessly hectoring their fans who appeared to enjoy the abuse. But though they've been around long enough to witness the style's evolution through its Pre- and Post- phases, calling the Stranglers "Punk" dilutes the term's precision. In the band's early days, they sounded more like a faster, harder Dr. Feelgood than the Sex Pistols and later they started to sound more and more like Phil Collins-Genesis for goths. Between the band's first incendiary LP, Rattus Norvegicus (preceding the arrival of the Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks by a number of months), and 1986's flame-retardant Dreamtime there is a world of difference. Over their quarter century career in music these quasi-Punk dinosaurs seem to be going the way of all dinosaurs by slowly calcifying into fossils.
The Stranglers Concert Films
Friday the Thirteenth
Runtime: 58 minProbably the most enduring band of the UK punk/new wave era, the legendary Stranglers perform live at Londons spectacular Royal Albert Hall. Accompanied by The Electra Strings
The Stranglers Top Tracks
Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minFrom a stage super-heated by over-the-top, rock 'n roll cliche lighting, DEVO faced a sea of Asian Gen X'ers in a 100 degree plus fahrenheit venue in the bowels of Tokyo, Japan. The crowd was swathed in bootlegged energy domes and DEVO T's, mouthing the lyrics to songs we wrote when most of them were loading their diapers with UNi-colored poo. Maybe it was a "Beautiful World" after all!
The Rise and Fall of the Clash
Runtime: 1 hr 37 minThe only up-close and personal film about the juggernaut band The Clash and their meteoric trajectory through rock ‘n roll history, The Rise and Fall of The Clash features previously unseen footage of the band at work and at play, as well as interviews with the individual band members and with those who knew them well. This is not a film that pulls any punches, but neither does it overlook the life-changing effect that The Clash brought to so many. The Rise and Fall of The Clash paints the fascinating inside story of rivalries, treachery, betrayal and the internal band dynamics and managerial interference that ultimately led “the biggest band in the world” to self-destruct.
Live at Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Public Image Ltd.
Runtime: 2 hr 2 minPunk is love!" PiL frontman John Lydon declared early and there was plenty of both present at Sydney's Enmore Theatre. It was the band's first Australian tour in 20 years and devoted fans flocked to see their historic return. PiL didn't disappoint, channeling the best of last year's album 'This Is PiL' and immortal classics like 'Rise', 'This Is Not A Love Song', 'Public Image' and Lydon's Leftfield collaboration 'Open Up'.
Don't You Wish That We Were Dead
Runtime: 1 hr 50 minThe story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. Includes appearances by Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Depeche Mode, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band's complex history and infighting.