The Stranglers formed in 1974, and emerged as part of the early punk scene in London in 1976. I first saw them supporting Patti Smith at the Roundhouse (her first UK gig), but I mainly got to know their music during their 1976 residency at the Hope & Anchor in Islington. They played regularly, sometimes nightly and I dragged various friends down there to see them play. Intense rock and roll, with a touch of mayhem but some great rhythms. Raw, but tightly structured. High energy for sure.
These photos were taken on 29 September 1976, at a gig at The Rock garden, in Covent Garden. The set list that night was:
- Shitty City
- Walk on By
- Hanging Around
- The Queen in F
- Tomorrow is the Hereafter
- Go Buddy Go
The titles aren’t accurate according to the canon. They’re taken from the hand-written cover of my only remaining cassette recording of those early gigs (the cassette is not available. Sorry.).