The Stranglers’ Jean-Jacques Burnel and Hugh Cornwell playing in Battersea Park in London in 1978

The Stranglers are infamously known for inciting a riot in Nice, starting a fight with The Clash, and writing “Golden Brown” about heroin. Taking dope was a concious decision by the band to see what would happen creatively. Two members stopped after one day, while Hugh and Jean-Jacques fell deep inside the rabbit hole. These punks turned pop darlings have had a continuously successful career ever since they began in Guildford, England in 1974. Even though singer Hugh Cornwell quit in 1990, the rest of the band are still going strong without him today. Check out the BBC documentary on The Stranglers below as well as the video for the song, “Golden Brown.”

-Amy Haben

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