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Rattus Norvegicus

The Stranglers

1977

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Rattus Norvegicus

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3.18

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5

Really surprised by this one, kept it fresh and interesting

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5

(Fuck Yeah) This Album Is Incredible [I love you Dave Greenfield R.I.P] 🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑

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4

Would definitely listen to this album again. Great english punk sound.

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4

These guys are fun. I like these songs. They are silly, angry, rude, and catchy. 5 stars.

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4

More than anything, the fucking organ slaps. This is great new wave/punk/with a pub Horror vibe to it.

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Si cet album avait une couleur, ce serait transparent

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5

British rock from the 70s might be my new favorite thing. Reminds me of a lot the newer stuff I'm listening to (Vaccines, Kooks, Dandy Warhols)

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5

best album EVER..

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5

Very cool, very early punk album. I liked it a lot.

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5

Их нотки есть у строукс, за новаторство 5

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5

love this

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5

Bella scoperta

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5

Not the kind of music I usually listen to, but very good!

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5

Stuart Pearce has seen this mob live over 1000 times. Psycho clearly has impeccable taste 👌

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5

I cant believe this wasn't on my radar before. This is just fun from start to finish. A really pleasant surprise. I look forward to hearing more from them. Seriously, how did I not hear them before today?

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5

This was great.

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5

Punk rock setentero. Vinilo.

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5

A beautiful album. Kept me hooked till the last min.

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5

Absolutely elctricifying album. Loved the driving bass and viscerally sneering vocals.

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5

Possibly the most enjoyably fun punk album. This or Ian Dury. Sparky, snotty and cynical, with possibly the best drummer and tons of Hammond organ to piss off the purists. The run from Hanging Around to Ugly is some of the most fun you can have with your trousers on.

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5

Unbelievable stuff. Came across it myself a few weeks ago. It got me through my thesis. Very original sound.

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4

Proggy in part, punk in others... sprinkled with some classics!!!

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4

Another solid choice from a band Id never heard of, old school punk aesthetic from the UK

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4

This was oddly enjoyable. '70s punk has a totally different feel, yet is somewhat familiar to bands like the Ramones. I liked how melodic everything felt. A bit too much organ at times, but maybe that's just my preference. 4 stars.

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Bowie X Clash. Weird, but good. Peaches and London Lady esp.

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4

I understand why people like Neil Young, but I don't particularly enjoy him, and listening to a full album of his music is a bit of a chore for me. There are certainly some things to like about this album, but, but, but 3/5

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4

i liked this.. sounded like bowie b-sides stuff, better than the black star bowie crap earlier this week

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4

Similar to Jethro tull

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4

Great

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4

Fun punk

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Primer punto... el título me fascinó, no sé por qué, quizá solo me ha agradado siempre la notación en latín para las ratas pero me gustó; aún más cuando entendí por qué se llama así (more on this ahead). Dos, decía que son punk... suena realmente muy poco a punk, suena más a banda de garage con unos toques de psicodelia; ese órgano le viene muy bien a su música y está bastante bien manejado, incluso en las partes en que está casi rayando en copia de órgano de los Doors suena bien. Musicalmente solo puedo decir que es agradable, este "no punk" psicodélico que casi suena popeado y pegajoso. Eso es la música pero vaya que si hay más que decir... Por partes; no se qué tanta atención le pusieron pero tiene algunas letras un poco.... problemáticas para hoy en día. Desde el inicio tiene dulzuras como “Someday, I’m going to smack your face” o “I got morbid fascination, gonna beat you till you drop." Normalmente soy de dar contexto al tiempo en que se hizo la música y no tratar de imponer reglas o maneras de ver las cosas que no estaban patentes en su momento pero aquí va casi rayando en mi límite de lo que suena normal para la época y lo que suena realmente misógino sin importar el año. A pesar de lo anterior en verdad que la música te lleva a seguir escuchando; es realmente hipnotizante y bien hecha en su estilo tan sui generis. Las letras van mejorando y al menos no se estancan en los temas delicados aunque no los dejan del todo; tenemos desde canciones sobre la destrucción de Toulouse según Nostradamus, pero inevitablemente regresa de nuevo a lo que se siente como un ataque bastante directo a una periodista a la nada sutil "Making love to the Mercy Tunnel with a sausage." O sea vamos que del Me Too no se van a llevar un premio y si pones realmente en el Face que escuchaste este disco y te gusto una buena proporción de la gente te va a medio linchar. Por otro lado podría tratar de defenderlo un poco tomando en cuenta que todo el odio que escupe a las mujeres es en misma cantidad el que se echa a sí mismo. No trata de hacerse superior o decir que fuera mejor que toda la mierda que esta diciendo de otros. De repente, después de líneas tan líricas como “Is she trying to get out of that clitoris” en la segunda mitad la banda se vuelve francamente ambiciosa no solo en mostrar sus habilidades instrumentales sino también líricamente. "Ugly" es una dosis aun mayor de psicodelia que aperte cita el poema de Ozymandias de Shelley; después termina en un gran final con 'Down the Sewer' con los decididamente poco punk siete minutos que dura. Al borde del territorio del álbum conceptual, es una historia posapocalíptica de llegar a la gran ciudad a través de las alcantarillas y encontrar que la vida no es mejor que lo que había abajo. Un ratón de granja que se cuela en la gran ciudad solo para convertirse en otro rattus norvegicus rodeado de latas de coca-cola vacías. De verdad el final parece otra banda. Disco muy interesante, problemático en estos días, fuerte, decadente, exuda odio y frustración pero termina con un anhelo de poder levantarse más allá de la podredumbre y corrupción. No es un disco agradable, no es bonito, pero es muy muy honesto. Hacía rato que un disco no me dejaba pensando tanto, a pesar de escucharse musicalmente simple y pegajoso terminó siendo bastante más.

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4

it was okay, not my favourite but not the worst

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Die wollen‘s wissen und geben Gas; badass Bass, licks für die Ewigkeit, Schnodderstimme mit Genugtuung im Wiederkauen. Was ist das denn ? Hammond Punk? Rock’n’Rave ? Könnte heute erscheinen, wenn die Perfektion nicht schon in den 70ern erschienen wäre. restless 4.2

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4

Peaches is a top tier track the album is a vibe

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4

Good album. Great vocals and variety of arrangements. Some songs I didn't know I knew too.

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Blimey. Why have I never listened to a Stranglers Album before. Love this. Raw. Not overly polished. Proper attitude, nous and musicianship. Bit long but 4/5

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Solid album, loved Princess of the Streets! (or queen?) Quality dropped off a bit after that though, hanging around was a low point on the album

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Fun and funky early punk

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4

New wave punk rock, so cool! Attitude, rumbling bass, keyboards, all in a band! Gets me going. I like the drive of this album. This is the kind of nerdy hooligan music I can get behind. It's the right amount of edgy while also being fun. I like it a lot.

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4

Distinctive sound with the twangy bass and keyboard with punky but not shouty singing

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Really enjoyable album for my return to the project. I think I'd have been into these if I was about in the 70s. Brash, swaggering punk rock. Best tracks: Peaches & Hanging Around

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Top album, can imagine a lot of these blaring out on a Friday night down at the 42nd Street discotheque back in the day. Best track: Peaches

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4

Solid punk album, lyrics to peaches are disgusting tho

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Yo, I like this a lot! Parts of it kinda remind me of a more punk version of early Elvis Costello. Very cool!

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4

Great discovery!

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4

Great 80s pop music sound. Good listen.

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Punky n funky

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4

Late 70's British Punk keeps on giving. Excellent bass work, some creeping Doors-style organ-powered jams, and Down in the Sewer dips lightly into prog.

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Peaches!!! Say no more. I didn't know this was the band so I'm so glad to be introduced. I really enjoy this album. It has a good punky vibe but it's the organ in the tracks that does it for me.

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Cool British new wave-y punk rock.

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Enjoyed, reminded me of the Clash

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I love the rawness of early British punk as they incorporate other genres like prog, reggae, and synth. All the tracks are catchy and have memorable tunes. Nothing extraordinary but also has little wrong with it and otherwise a perfectly fine album.

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4

Great band, great sound

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This sounds like one of the earliest branches of the evolution of punk into new wave. Love the synths. Pretty dope.

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Yeah, all the attitude of punk but a bit going on musically. Gives a real snap shot of grimy late 70s London living.

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Yesss! Some great tunes here.

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260921 12:52 4

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feels like I should have heard this before

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4

The Stranglers burst onto the scene - "Some day I'm gonna smack your face". These droogs bring some more elaborate musicality to punk, with liberal usage of the organ

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4

Fun garage-y 70s rock with fuzz and keyboards.

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4

Wanted to be in a dank pub, so good

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4

The lyrcis are not inspired, but the songs are great. Remember seeing them live and it was my first introduction to a hype man!

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4

This was very enjoyable.

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4

Another that I wouldn't usually listen to, recognised some songs again. Decent.

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I quite enjoy The Stranglers, including this album. Not sure I'll put it on as a whole again though, it drags on just a bit and doesn't contain most of my personal favourites of theirs (Golden Brown, Always The Sun, Strange Little Girl).

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I wouldn’t term the stranglers as a punk band, they sound like the link between punk and new wave/new romantic that arrived a few years later. You can bet Adam and the ants had been listening to Get a grip on yourself at some point, stand and deliver has quite a few similarities

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4

Never heard of them before and I'm impressed. They're a good example of English Post-Punk.

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Reminds me of the Doors minus the weird mysticism plus a nice beat. Second song sounds like proto-Strokes. A couple of the others remind me of the Cars or Talking Heads. Wire. I like this.

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4

pretty sick album. the first track rips super hard

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I was surprised. It is quite good. The sound is more aggressive than their latter hits and the melodies are catchy. A punk atmosphere with a wider sound than usual

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Perfection in old school UK punkrock. Entire album is a banger.

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Not bad

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Great album. Calling this music punk is somehow insufficient because the Stranglers were so much more clever and musically adventurous than many of their peers. But the sneering attitude is there for sure. I love the interplay of guitars and organ, which gives these songs a really distinctive sound. There really isn't another album like this. Fave Songs: Hanging Around, Sometimes, (Get A) Grip [on Yourself], Down in the Sewer, Goodbye Toulouse, Princess of the Streets

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4

I liked it as soon as I heard the line "Someday I want to smack you in the face" in the first song. I enjoyed the rest too, particularly the Peaches song 🥰

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Well, hello. Please come in. The Stranglers are one of the few bands I haven't heard that I hold no prejudices about, so this was as welcome as some alone time in the shower. I can't say it defied my expectations, because I didn't have any, but I can say it was a total thrill. Lively, tumbledown, and so assured. The drummer ain't afraid to lash out, the guitar's got that shark bite quality, and the vocals are, um, strangled. Meaty stuff. An eight-minute medley in ninth place is ambitious by usual standards, but these lads are bold as brass, sticking extended instrumentals that pack a whallop into the two opening tracks. Having listened to 2021's Bright Green Field recently, the maladroit funk and dorky vocals on 'Peaches' sounds like a clear reference point for Squid. Same lyrical brand of disaffected nonsense, too. So far up my alley the street lights are a mere pinprick.

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Rattus Norvegicus has raw punk energy mixed with psychedelic sounds that create a energetic and fun style which makes for an exciting experience.

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Some good punk rock I’ve never heard before!

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Pretty good, singles are classics

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Ah, this is what The Stranglers were about. Good honest semi punk rock. And bonus point for no 'Golden Brown', the worst single ever released?

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This debut strikes me as the introduction to another tailor-made band. The organ is incredibly flattered by the mix, and the sleaze is the perfect level of grime except, perhaps, on Peaches.

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I liked it very much. Good punk-pop project; although the lyrics didn't aged very well.

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Not what I would normally listen to but very good early punk

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Well I would say this was a grower. Big themes of the Fall, I guess they were an influence? But yeah I got more and more into this. Found some of the misogynistic lingo a bit annoying, but maybe they were poking fun an incels rather than actually being critical of "crazy women". By the end got into the style more fo sure

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Wasn't sure how enthused I'd be about a Stranglers album without Golden Brown on it but I thought this was very good. The emphasis on organ and bass add so much to the standard punk sound, and there are hooks aplenty. 3.5, but I'm feeling more generous these days so I'll round up to a 'IV'.

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This album used to be on in our house quite a bit when I was growing up so I have a soft spot for it. The arpeggiated synth parts I still love and they definitely know how to write a bass riff. Special shout out to Peaches which, as a child, I thought was about Fishes

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Nautin tästä ehkä turhan paljon :D Mut siis häikäilemätöntä rallattelua eikä liian totista. Ja ah, hyvät kaahailu-urut. Pitää ostaa cdnä, jos hommaan joskus kesäauton.

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4

A really great album that is engaging all the way through. It would have been a 5 but some of the lyrics have not aged well and make for uncomfortable listening.

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4

Was looking forward to this but wasn't expecting it to have stood the test of time. I couldn't have been more wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely listen again.

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4

From the first touch of the key I was hooked. Reminds me of some of the stuff I heard when I wrangled up all the punk and hardcore I could via Kazaa, specifically the (International) Noise Conspiracy, the Buzzcocks, and Iggy. I *really* love the diversity and sequencing on this album. “Princess of the Streets” is a perfect change-of-pace track after an energetic opening trio, almost treading into Judas Priest-y heavy blues. Similarly, “Peaches” works that streetwise angle sneering and strutting while tracks like “Goodbye Toulouse“ and “Choosy Susie” charge swifter and harder. It’s focused and fearless, keyboard and guitar solos are often evocative, elevating what’s often a very “proto” kind of feel to something that’s both primitive and futuristic. It’s quirky, too, at times approaching a familiar new wave sound from a different angle. Simply put, this shit is the biz, kinda surprised I haven’t stumbled upon this earlier. 4

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The Stranglers have been on my radar for a minute, but the only album I’ve ever listened to from them is their newest. This was good! I like the mix of classic punk with some new wave tendencies, and it has strong melodies. I do think that I would have rated it higher if I heard this when I was getting into punk stuff, but hey, I’m a yank. The Stranglers had no presence here. But this is probably the equivalent of Marquee Moon over in the UK. B

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4

Fantastic! A favourite from the 70’es punk era

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4

Part of my youth. Great tunes but the misogyny is hard to stomach these days.

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4

very nice

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4

Great album! And Spotify led me on an incredible genre path after this. Had a good day.

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4

Really enjoyed this one and not just because it's got Peaches on it

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4

This album really straddles the line between punk, hard rock, while incorporating elements of art rock and psychedelia into a palatable and exciting package. There’s a sense of danger and sneer to this music which is appealing. These songs are interesting enough musically but accessible enough to be at home in a pub or a college dorm room.

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Nice

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3

I see the appeal

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Two or three songs grabbed my attention to go "OH I like this". These songs were "(Get A) Grip [On yourself], Down in the sewer, and Go Buddy Go. The other's were all fine, but a little bit of just normal 80's punk.

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3

1977: Peaches, Hanging Around

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3

Interesting enough

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Spotify. Fave song; (Get a) Grip (On Yourself) - obviously. 3.5 stars solid listen

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3

a little punkish

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3

Thought some songs were really great with a crazy kind of energy. But found a few of the tracks fell flat. I dig it tho.

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3

I didn’t think this was anything special

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3

Decent early 80s. Nothing stands out.

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3

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Muy curiosa mezcla de sonidos. Me gusto el mucho énfasis casi estilo Ray Manzarek de The Doors que tiene el teclado y los solos largos; la voz me sonó a Talking Heads o algo así y para llamarse a ellos mismos "punk" se me hace que tienen poco del sonido y estilo de esa era. Me sorprendió también lo larga que ha sido la vida activa de la banda, incluso ahora mismo haciendo un tour de despedida porque el tecladista murió de COVID.

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3.5|Que álbum tan fuerte, la música es muy buena pero por las letras hoy serían linchados por grupos de feministas Fuera de ese tema tan delicado se me hace un muy buen disco

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3

okay

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3

It's decent. Not exactly what I would call punk. Very early punk I suppose. Enjoyable to listen to.

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3

Goth rock "back in the day". That organ, though.

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I didn’t know quite what to expect with this. I read that it was punk and it was but heavy use of keyboard gave it a different vibe. Actually reminded me of the Doors in a few spots. 3 stars.

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Bon album de soft rock qui n'a pas eu beaucoup d'effet sur moi.

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3

Classic Punk right here. I'm not in the mood to make a long review but I am in the mood to jam with these louts. This is music to commit crimes to.

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3

Reminded me of Talking Heads on some songs...

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3

Lyrics a bit violent, which was distracting

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synths are stinky, but they do be grooving. 6/10

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Psychedelic Punk würde man das wohl nennen, oder? Und damit natürlich auch direkt die Brücke zum Postpunk schlagen, in deren Fundament Stranglers sicher eine schöne Gedenkplatte für die Stranglers liegt. Insgesamt für mich: nett anzuhören, tatsächlich aber nicht aufregender als The Fall. 2,9.

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3

It was a good album! I really liked the music, and the overall vibe.

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3

Decent

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3

Lekker, ik mag dit wel.

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3

Some good tracks but not really my ting

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Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 12/20 Innovation: 13/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 11/20 =59 Yeah these boys can make some noise. I like the grindyness

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3

Liked this, not far off the doors

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3

“Get a grip on yourself” has some great synth stuff. But this is definitely not what I was expecting. Doesn’t feel as punky as expected. Almost feels 60s ish rock. Maybe with extra synth. I’m giving this a 3 but I fully admit I didn’t pay enough attention. Sorry.

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Har inte riktigt nån åsikt, bryr mig inte riktigt om den liksom... 3/5

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3

Meh

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Accessible, Doors style organ.

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3

Unexpectedly like this one. Down on the beaches looking at the bitches rhymes though?

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Bisschen zu wenig Punk bisschen zu viel Pop und ein bisschen zu britisch aber klug und das beste der bisherigen Alben

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IrishPubPunk... Kannte ich nicht nicht, hat mir aber auch nicht wirklich gefehlt...

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3

Not a fan of the genre necessarily.

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3

okay punk sound...seemed similar to stuff from the era

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3

gonna have to listen to more of their jams

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3

Odd band, plenty of misses. Preferred to see them live and this album does capture some of this.

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3

Meh

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3

Has some interesting moments but I wouldn't listen to it again

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I am more familiar with No More Heroes than this record. That said, while I understand The Strangers' place in music history, there are hints of The Jam, The Clash, and many others on this record, but nothing on this record really does much for me to make it stand out above the output of The Jam or The Clash. It's not bad, but listening to it out of context, and well after I had done a good deep dive into UK punk rock, I'm left underwhelmed. 3*

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The bass on this one caught my attention from the very first moments. Really catchy lines that seem to carry the whole thing. Keyboards are cool in some parts and cheesy in others. A good listen but probably not something I’ll come back to a lot.

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3

It was ok. Again, didn’t rock my world.

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3/5

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Uneven but not horrible

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You know what you're getting with The Stranglers - upbeat post-wave punk. I just don't like the vocals. Hanging Around is a good song.

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Pretty listenable. Reminded me of the kooks

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A grim and atmospheric ablum sound. The swinging organ theme (as well as its jazz solos) and demented chorus add something to the song Peaches. (6/10) Favourite Song: Sometimes, Peaches

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If you like the blues scale played up and down you‘re about to get lucky. Otherwise the solos could get a bit boring maybe even annoying, because without them the song could be quite good.

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3

At this point in this project I guess it’s established that classic era punk is not really my thing. Musically I found this kind of dull, the lyrics and vocal delivery typical of its genre and era. Is it really more than moderately dirtied up rock? Lou Reed just called it Rock and Roll and did it ten times better.

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3

Was once my favorite Stranglers album but it hasn't aged well. Still love Sometimes, Hanging Around and Get a Grip on Yourself, but the rest sounds dated and old. A 3.5 stars

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Sorpresa

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A decent punk album. A few songs stuck with me, but a lot of this felt same-y to me. If you're a huge punk fan, that's a good thing. To me, it was sort of like a less edgy Clash. I'll return to a few songs, but not enough for me to dig this album as a whole. Favorite tracks: Peaches, London Lady, Choosey Susie (love that title). Album art: I really like this one. I assume it's a band photo, but it's very cinematic. Funny I mentioned the Clash because these two chaps in the foreground clash completely. Love the colors and framing here. 3/5

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Interesting group…. Enjoyed

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Crunchy punk fun

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6/10

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This is quite a good album. And I just love the color of the cover. 3/5

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3.5

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neden listedeki tum albumler 2000ler romantik komedi film soundtracki gibi cildiricam cidden

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Za ciosem kolejny pick wyspiarski, no i kolejny debiutancki material, tym razem the stranglers i ich szczurzy krazek, tytul plyty rattus norvegicus, to z laciny okreslenie na szczura brazowego lub ulicznego, co pasuje do konceptu, bo gatunkowo plyta ma sporo wspolnego z punkiem, a wiec kawalki o zyciu w miescie, a zwlaszcza zamykajacy orginalne wydanie down in the sewer pasuje idealnie do konceptu szczurowatego, orginalny krazek z 77 to 40 minut i 9 kawalkow, reedycja z 2k01 zostala wzbogacona o 3 dodatkowe piosenki, wszystkie pana J&J Burnela, przechodzac do skladu zespolu, to podczas nagrywania tej plyty liczyl on 4 osoby przy czym zarowno czlowiek od gitar Hugh Cornwell, jak i basista, wspominany juz J&J zajmowali sie pisaniem trakow, a dodatkowo dzielili sie czasem na wokalu, wiec polowa trakow, pozostali dwaj czlonkowie to oczywiscie perkusja pana Jeta Blacka i klawisze Dave Greenfielda, a to klawisze najbardziej stanowia o brzmieniu tego albumu, bo wykorzystuje on nie tylko klasyczne pianina i organy, ale takze synthy, bo jesli niekore kawalki sa mocno punkowe, tak inne brzmia jak cos z nowej fali brytyjskiej, czyli cos ala devo czy the police, tak wiec kawalki jak get a grip sa oparte wlasnie o synthowe brzmienia klawiszowe, cale szczescie ze plyta ma takze traki z bardziej tradycyjnym podejsciem do punka jak na jednym z moich hajlajtow czyli london lady, czyli jednym z kawalkow J&Ja, ktory ocieka punkowa energia duzego miasta, bedzie to jeden z plejkowych pickow, dodatkowo otwierajacy sometimes Cornwella, ktory wedlug mnie najblizej zbliza do syntezy puna i nowej fali, no i od strony lirycznej tez dobry trak, o tresowaniu baby, ktora pojawia sie jeszcze na jednym traku po tym jak juz byla przetresowana, co do kontentu lirycznego to jest on zroznicowany, a kawalki znaczaco sie od siebie roznia w zaleznosci od tego kto byl ich autorem, bardziej punkowe J&Ja, a z komercyjnym brzmieniem od Cornwella, wiec sa traki o squatowaniu, plazowaniu i podziwianiu brzoskwin, czy proroctwach nostradamusa, no i szczurach miejskich, bo zamykajacy down in the sewer tez laduje na plejke, najdluzszy utwor calej plyty, bo az 8 minut, plyta ma swoje momenty, ale jednak troche zbyt mocno synthowa w niektorych miejsach, a w polaczeniu z serowym wokalem glownego wokalu brzmi to jak cokolwiek z lat 70

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Was once my favorite Stranglers album but it hasn't aged well. Still love Sometimes, Hanging Around and Get a Grip on Yourself, but the rest sounds dated and old. A 3.5 stars

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Another good album I'd never heard of. Apparantly I need to pay more attention to bands from the 70s. I heard clear parallels to bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Strokes, but I also appreciated the differences. The band didn't hold strictly to 2 minute verse-chorus-verse and they allowed themselves to jam and explore. By and large I enjoyed the album and I'd point to Sometimes, London Lady, Peaches and (Get A) Grip [on Yourself] as good tracks to check out to get a feel for it. I could have done without the track Choosey Susie, to behonest, give the overt depictions of sexual violence.

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Punk rock. Bastante melodía

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Nice one

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The Stranglers burst onto the scene - "Some day I'm gonna smack your face". These droogs bring some more elaborate musicality to punk, with liberal usage of the organ

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This was an alright english punk album. It’s nowhere near the Sex Pistols or anything but it sounds good at least. The lyrics on most of the songs certainly haven’t aged well. Fav songs: princess of the streets, peaches

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Found some really nice songs to add to my rotation, but a lot of the other songs didnt do it for me

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Shitty pub punk, few good songs

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New to me, the band, this album, and their music, so I had no idea what to expect (always a great way to experience any art). The overall sound is very familiar to me, so they could be a mix of a real reflection of late 70s punk/new wave/pop and their influence on other bands at the time and later. I find these songs quite catchy and they keep my attention most of the time. They play very well ('Choosey Susie,' for example, has some excellent guitar work), sticking together solidly through some staccato and fast-moving harmonies, and I like that I can usually hear what the singer is singing because the lyrics are often intelligent and witty. I bet this band was fun to see live in a small club at the time. Good music to move around to (I'm not much of dancer, but I could totally see myself bopping around to 'London Lady,' for example) and even though it has some real layers and textures, it's not inaccessible and it's not a downer. Real good stuff here, and I will listen to more of their music.

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Svöl plata.

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I've never really felt the need to investigate The Stranglers because I don't enjoy feeling sordid while listening to music, a sensation this album elicited very effectively. Mission accomplished, I guess?

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Moments of genius in plenty of filler. A rock band in a punk world.

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I don't know what I was expecting, but this was much better than that. Fewer harpsichords, more attitude!

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Listening to these guys tells me so much about where bands like Rancid, Goldfinger, Screeching Weasel, etc. got their sound. These guys made organs punk rock staples.

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Good one

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Not entirely my cup of tea but still quite fun to listen to

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12/22/2021 Today's Album: "Rattus Norvegicus" by The Stranglers - This album was pretty surprising for me. I went into it really not liking the vocals, and I will say the vocals are the biggest problem I have with this album. However, the instrumentation and performances really blew me away. Each instrument is on board to create this really solid groove on each track but are all ready to jump out of the mix for an outrageous solo or some cool embellishment. There's a ton of cool soundscapes explored on this record and each song feels super unique. I think I would have to only listen to this album as a complete piece because the vocals are almost too hard to get used to and just don't work in a "single" setting. Other than that, I just want to point out that Hanging Around is the second most popular song on this album and for good reason. It's nuts and deserves a listen from anyone who likes blues and jazz soloing. Overall, a really fun and interesting album but none of the songs are really able to be latched onto or enjoyed as a single track. Score: 6/10 Great effort and I would love to hear these instruments with different vocals. Highlights: Sometimes, Hanging Around, Peaches

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I kinda liked this one. It seems a little weirder than some other 70s stuff, I mean that in a good way. Favourite Songs: Hanging Around, (Get A) Grip [On Yourself}

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meh - I just can't get into most early british punk.

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Any album that opens with the line "Someday I'm gonna smack you in the face" is always going to stand up and demand attention. This is brash angry punk at its finest, I enjoyed it.

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Great post punk rock n roll. I bet the shows were awesome.

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j’écoute une track en boucle depuis que j’ai écouté mais je me souviens pas du reste

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Coolos. (Hanging Around banger)

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Mixed thoughts. Good early punk music, some good songs, some less interesting tracks.

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Can't hate the rat

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It's alright...

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I believe that the beauty of this album resides in the fact that it sounds like the coolest 80's punk and new wave, but in 1977. I'm not sure if it could be considered the precursor of anything special, but for sure it influenced a lot of people that are much more famous for being precursors of this song style. In short, a very cool album with cool songs that sounds much more modern than 1977. This list is working like a charm for my objective of discovering new things that I barely knew that I want to discover.

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fín

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It is an ok album nothing special about it I just felt it was quite average

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p377, 1977. 3.5 stars New wave/pub rock classic. A little bit dated, but still holds up well, with some absolute bangers - Hanging Around, Peaches, Get A Grip, Go Buddy Go, Peaches - with the last two making up possibly the greatest double A side ever. On the downside, some surprisingly out of place guitar wankage (Princess of the Streets, Down In The Sewer), Not strong enough for a 4, hence 3 stars.

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OK. Bit odd, and not good odd, in places.

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Great album. Glad to be introduced to more than Golden Brown

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Musicalement c’est intéressant. J’aime beaucoup la basse sur cet album.

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Oh ! Je ne connaissais pas ça, mais j’ai eu beaucoup de plaisir. Un band qui semble indécis. Ça me donne l’impression que c’est un band de rock qui a mis un seul des 2 pieds dans le punk qui arrivait. C’est aussi l’époque ou le Reggae arrive plus fort. Ils se sont sentis obligés d’en faire une et ce n’est pas très réussi. C’est en fait rarement réussi à mon avis. Même de nos jours. Dans l’ensemble, c’est l’fun et hyper pas politiquement corect.

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It would seem that the 70s had a thing for organs in the higher register leading the melodies, and one should be grateful that this trend is no longer as prevalent. It certainly has its place, and one should hope it stays there. For a little bit, it seems that the keyboard prevalence was dialed down for "Princess of the Streets" but then during a bridge, it made a rather not-so-subtle return on what had been a mainly guitar-centric song. While the style is indicative of the decade, The Stranglers did manage to strike a difference from the more melodious tendencies of their contemporaries. Focusing on the groove, less on the repetitive choruses, The Stranglers perform their version of storytelling through song, much of it seemingly nonsensical or intended as some profound satire but for some listeners that could be the point because this is punk rock. Musically, keys notwithstanding, aggressive beats and adequate electric guitar inclusions keep the listener mostly engaged with minimal risk of losing them altogether. For this reviewer, the best punk rock is the kind that makes one feel as though they should be listening to it. While The Stranglers achieve that appeal on some songs, they do not on others, but that is purely an issue of preference. Objectively, this album has heart and it seems up front about being what it is, and there is respect to be had there.

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Kreativ, die Jungs. Hat mir besser gefallen als gedacht.

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Very British

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dont really like the vocals. simple music. keyboard and guitar solos are very nice. Peaches is way better than the other songs.

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Есть несколько интересных песен и гитарных риффов. Но в этом списке, имхо, не самый необходимый альбом.

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Album ok de new wave et early punk. S'écoute bien mais rien de fou.

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yee

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Pretty good stuff. Got some good classics on it but I'm not in love with it

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I've never listened to or even massively heard of the Stranglers. I guess that's a bit shocking since it sounds like they're a big deal. This has quite a cool sound. Can't say I love punk normally. But the sound of this album is pretty interesting and different I even actually find the guitar soothing as opposed to chaotic or stressful. I really like the drum rolls in their tracks and the drumming in general is pretty nice. The first time I listened I didn't pay much attention but I did feel good about having it in the background.

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Some intermittent drama, the occasional winning hook and very solid (even groovy textures with intricate instrumentation – cool keys here and there and strong, steady bassing), but there’s a one-note and droning quality that leaves me lukewarm – especially to the singing, which feels below average. The stiff vocals seem to befit the blocky structures. One hears the influence of “Peaches” and “Down in the Sewer” on The Fall. They were legendary live, weren’t they? This recordings may suffer in comparison. IMHO, they got better as they got poppier and more sophisticated, which represented a pretty big leap from the rougher early days heard here. The cheeky cover of “Walk on By” also rocks (in rather their original mode and maybe the best thing they ever did).

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29th March 2022 Listened mainly on the way in to the office then finished there. Met up with Lev in the evening and went to Busaba for aubergine curry. Riotous and engaging with a witty punch, not the stranglers you know from Golden Brown but raw and exciting. Classic punk.

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Love punk and adding keys is great. This album is a lot of fun. Lyrically though it's definitely a bit uncomfortable at times, not in a cool punk way sadly.

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macht Spaß

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This band recorded "Golden Brown"??? I kinda dig the marriage of punk and keyboards. Aggro and New Wave. Decent chops, especially for the bassist. And chord progressions longer than 3. Whimsical modulations and lyrics in Peaches. It's giving me a Cheap Trick feeling. And one of the vocalists sounds a lot like Nick Cave. Ugly should have been kicked off this island. The rest were a pleasant surprise. But seriously... six years later, "Golden Brown"??????

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Siis ihan hyvä levy, avausraidan synahommat ainakin hauskoja ja muutenkin kirpeää menoa mutta vähän mietin onko taas brittibias. 2.5/5 pyöristyy ylöspäin.

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Oh hey, it's that band that did Golden Brown, that song kicks ass. Oh, but it it's not on here. The album is pretty good, though. Not great, but pretty good.

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Not bad but not amazing, by any means. I wouldn't have necessarily even have called this a punk album if I hadn't looked up a bit of context on the album.

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Pretty good post punk 80s vibes

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The album looks like your car broke, you are lost, and the only people that can help you live in this weird mansion close to you but away from anything else. These weird guys invite you in and some kind of private party is going on inside. Everyone looks at you, checking you out as you are taken to a hot cup of tea and a landline. Next thing you know you are all sweety, smelling like smoke and cuddling with a taxidermized animal that looks oddly familiar.

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Ikkje lika bra som golden brown

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More of a singles band...

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Joa. Ganz in Ordnung

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Meh

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Not for me.

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Musicalmente el disco me recordó algo a The Knaks, con un toque de The Doors. Por las notas acerca del disco en Wikipedia, parece ser un disco muy influyente en la escena del punk, además de tener letras muy profundas, pero simplemente no me gustó

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uk punk but all the songs sounded similar, i tried to get into it but it seemed like an album of outtakes

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Started a bit slow. But then the guitar solo hit for "Hanging around" and it started to pick up and I enjoyed the guitar/keyboard from "peaches" but then it dropped back off for me. The singing isn't so great kind of talking and yelling with notnso much melody. The guitar is still solid through out the album and I enjoy most of the keyboards but some songs had some un needed 'noise like "ugly" and the 'ufo' sounds. The singing seems to lack flow in most songs which isn't my thing.

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maybe if I heard it then

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Kind of dreary and generic rock. Punkish?

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Reminded me too much of The Doors

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Psssh. Estilo entre el post punk y el pre new wave que no dice nada. canciones sin sangre

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2.7 - Fun and cheeky but not special enough to warrant more than the single listen.

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2/5

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Only the one song I enjoyed on this album (Peaches), the rest were below average.

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Just okay. Nothing to really go nuts over. Likely won’t listen again.

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Eerste paar nummers waren best aardig maar daarna begon het me toch wat tegen te staan.

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Niet slecht, ook niet heel boeiend. Wel geweldig bas geluid. Dat dan weer wel.

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Better than I thought!

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I feel a little ashamed rating an album without at least giving it the decency of listening to its entire content. I then feel even more guilty for only giving it 2 stars. Alas, I am willing to wager $10million my review would still be the same even if I did force myself to endure the remaining three songs. I’m not entirely sure who actually listened to this album back in 1977 (or anytime since) let alone be voted into the best 1001 release of all time. I found it quite a hard listen even while at the same time acknowledging not all music will be to my taste. I get art and avant-garde but this is neither...it’s just songs made up of irritating vocals/lyrics repeated over boring up-tempo elevator music.

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Not bad

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Prefer their more melodic numbers, this one was a bit too punky for my liking.

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I don't think I've every heard anything from or about The Stranglers. "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)", and "Hanging Around" hinted at giving the band a second chance for a follow up listen, but it only felt like a hint. There were some tracks that I definitely didn't like. Another entry, where I'd like to know why they're on the 1,001. There probably is a reason, but it wasn't apparent from my first listen.

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Wasn't a vibe. Says punk, but very plucky

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Right out of the gate with Sometimes I got a good cross between Billy Idol and Wall Of Voodoo. Rockabilly punk with overt brit accent. Actually varied and fun.

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not a big fan

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Sounded like Spinal Tap at times, but without the guitar solos. Surfy rock with some punk vibes at times. Pretty meh.

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Decent album, minus a star for some shitty lyrics.

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I'm not joking, yesterday I watched the digital short on Disney Plus about Ratattoullie and they talked about the Norwegian Rat and that it actually came from China. Pretty wild that that is the title of this album today. Now I need to think about lottery numbers. There is a song on here called down in the sewers that has some good rat music on it but the rest of the album was mediocre. I'm sick of these albums, especially the ones where the cover and name are so cool and the music is just bland and british

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was ok, not my fave

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2/5 naaah

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Sometimes and Peaches are highlights of this punk meets new wave selection. As is often the case with punk, I found the music too repetitive but it was interesting listening.

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Not for me.

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There are some decent instrumentals, but the lyrics are pretty rough. I think 'pub rock' sums it up pretty well, sounds like listening to that one geezer down the pub who won't shut up

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Peaches is decent but other than that this is a very meh, samey-sounding album to me

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Some songs were decent, overall not my style.

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Interesting first exposure the genre but a bit redundant.

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Rattus Norvegicus by The Stranglers (1977) As Britpunk yobs who revel in comparing themselves to brown rats (Rattus norvegicus), these Anglo male sense assailants are down on everybody from ugly women to Jews. Misanthropic images and attitudes abound in this cinematic orgy of self loathing, morbidity, lust, and contempt. That about covers the lyrical themes on this album. But the music is well constructed and executed, like a (somewhat spare) combination of The Doors, Yes, Black Sabbath, and Jethro Tull. If you like innovation and compositional intricacy (I do), there’s enough on this record to sustain interest, especially in the bass lines, keyboard colorings, and (even!) backing vocals. If there is such a thing as prog punk, this is it. The Stranglers nicely sum up the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the delightful song “Ugly”: “Don't tell me that aesthetics are subjective; you know all the truth when you see it, whatever it is.” Heavy, man, but sheesh! And wrapping up the symphonic closing track, we hear the most fittingly malodorous ending ever: “See you in the sewer”. 2/5

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Like the other post punk albums but worse and more sexist.

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This won't be any good. Yeah, not very good, but not obnoxious. First song was dece, bit doors-ey, then it hit early punk suck territory. This is why I should be able to give ratings out of ten - 2 seems too low, and 3 seems too high. This is exactly what 2.5/5 sounds like.

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This is what British punk sounds like in the late 1970s? It's not my cup of tea. I liked one song. It's not bad, I just wouldn't listen to it again.

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Bho, abbastanza noia.

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Wrong kind of energy for me, eh.

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Ganz cool aber hat mich auch nicht sonderlich beeindruckt

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70s Pop/Punk with added keyboards. The singing is par for the course for the genre - which doesn't make it particularly good. The album fails to reach me, it's competent for the genre, but nothing I would listen to again. 2/5

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Igjen, helt greit, men komme nok ikkje til å høre igjen med det første. Ga heller ikkje et ønske om å høre mer av de. 2/5

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noisy noise

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Women are objects and Jews are not people in the world of The Stranglers. I still have some reflection to do about why I'm okay with excusing this type of bigotry in other artists, but for now, I'll say that this shit put me in a bad mood today. Being a dick doesn't make you punk. Best track: Goodbye Toulouse

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just dirgy - not that good. Seems like a kinda half punk / half rock thing that i don't get.

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Trash

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Vreselijk. Ik heb echt helemaal niks met die ouwe punkmuziek. Veel te staccato en noemen ze dat zingen. Pfff

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nah not for me

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well his voice was a shock but at least its not another whispery type. music is okay lyrics are dumb. ewwww @ peaches. just not for me.

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Stopped after the second song

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horrific

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I was introduced to the Stranglers as a wide-eyed innocent singing along to "Golden Brown" in primary school. This was my first exposure to their hateful roots, realising why the teachers didn't go with a leery, irritating track like "London Lady" or "Peaches." Semi-competent musicianship, nice scalic basslines, organ a novel addition to the standard punk line up. Very mid-heavy sound across the record, with the guitars crunched up and fuzzed out to a point that they just murk up the production. Nevertheless, a scattering of half-decent instrumental passages, particularly in "Down in the Sewer." What lets it down? They're sexist pricks. "Sometimes" is a diabolical track with skin-crawling sentiment that should have been the first and last we all heard of the band. I can't, in any good conscience, enjoy a record with the opening line "someday I'm going to smack your face", written and delivered for Cornwell's girlfriend without a hint of irony, commentary, persona... It's the dark, regressive underbelly of 1970's Britain, and it's a shame to spotlight it in an appraisal of music's 1001 "greatest" albums. Interestingly, the "1001 Albums..." book addresses the album's misogyny. Its response to including the album despite its ugly violence? "WeLl WhAt DiD yOu ExPeCt FrOm An AlBuM nAmEd AfTeR a RaT?" Probably something better and more enlightened than this. And less dull.

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This was a painful listen. There was very little to enjoy and I couldn't listen past peaches.

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Quirky. Like early B-52's. Pretty stupid.

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Je connaissais de nom J'attendais le hit que j'allais reconnaître... ... Un peu comme si les doors avait un peu moins de choses à dire, qu'ils avaient un bassiste un peu lourdaud, un claviériste et un guitariste beaucoup moins talenteux et trippaient sur jerry lee lewis au lieu de coltrane😆 Pas ma tasse de thé, j'imagine qu'ils ont d'autres albums meilleur, à ce que je comprends c'est leur premier...

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Awful

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