THE STRANGLERS TOP OFF SATURDAY NIGHT AT LOOPALLU
Icons. Legends. Pick your superlative for one of Britains most successful punk bands THE STRANGLERS who headline Loopallu on Saturday night.
No strangers to the North West coast having headlined in our second year, they’re constantly one of the festivals most requested acts to return.
Formed in 1974 as The Guildford Stranglers, the band were initially based in The Jackpot, an off-licence run by their drummer Jet Black. Quickly developing a pub-rock following they were soon swooped into the punk movement, opening for both Patti Smith and The Ramones on their British tours.
Releasing their first three albums – ‘Rattus Norvegicus’, ‘No More Heroes’ and ‘Black And White’ – within 13 months of each other and scoring hit singles with the likes of ‘Peaches’, ‘Something Better Change’ and, of course, the track ‘No More Heroes’ itself, The Stranglers quickly trademarked their sound; a swirling, heady concoction of psychedelic keyboards, growling vocals, hard-edged bass and an almost jazz-like drum sound. They racked up more and more hit singles and broke box-office records including the most consecutive nights played at London’s Roundhouse, beating records set by the Rolling Stones and The Who. So it was no surprise that the 80’s saw The Stranglers spring to even greater heights of commercial success all around the world with the likes of ‘Golden Brown’, ‘Strange Little Girl’, ‘Always The Sun’ and ‘European Female’, amongst many others.
The Stranglers are now revered as one of the most exciting, credible and influential bands to have emerged from the British new wave scene. They are as essential today as at any time in their lengthy career.
JJ Burnelsays ‘Great to be invited back to Ullapool and my favourite palindrome.’
Tickets are on sale now from www.loopallu.co.uk or in person from The Arch Inn (Ullapool) and Eden Court Theatre (Inverness);