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The Stranglers

  • Rattus Norvegicus [A&M, 1977] C

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Rattus Norvegicus [A&M, 1977]
These guys combine the sensitivity and erudition of ? and the Mysterians with the street smarts of the Doors and detest the act of love with a humorless intensity worthy of Anthony Comstock. You can tell by the way they discreetly bring up subjects like musicianship and education in interviews that, just as they claim, they don't belong to anybody's new wave. Too dumb. C

Further Notes:

Meltdown [1980s]

Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]