The Stranglers were my favourite band for about 3 years and they took me down the Punk Rock path opening doors to the Pistols and the Clash. All the detail can be found in The Story of Rock and Roll and you will read why they were so special to music in general, and me specifically. The Stranglers had a reputation for violence and intimidating reporters. They were not a band to be fucked with. In contrast to some of the Punk bands that appeared in 1977 the Stranglers were fantastic musicians and once again I realised that arranging is key to good song writing. The short bursts of bass, then guitar, then keyboards on tracks like ‘London Lady’ add so much to their music. JJ Burnell still has the best bass sound I have ever heard.