English punk rock band The Stranglers performed a sold-out show at the Northcote Theatre in Melbourne on Wednesday 19 April 2023 as part of their Australian Tour. Formed in Surrey during 1974, and coming to prominence during the heady days of the ’70s/’80s Brit-punk explosion, The Stranglers remain popular thanks to the enduring quality of their songs.
They had major mainstream success with their 1982 single Golden Brown, following on from hits of the ’70s including Peaches, Always the Sun, Skin Deep, and No More Heroes, plus their 2003 Top 40 hit Big Thing Coming, which was seen as a return to form. The band has achieved some 23 UK Top 40 singles and 17 UK Top 40 albums to date in a career spanning four decades. As one of the longest-surviving and most “continuously successful” bands to have originated in the UK punk scene, The Stranglers enthralled their audience with an exciting mix of material bearing the distinctive signature style of driving rhythms, anthemic melodies, quirky time signatures and occasional dark humour, held together by their trademark rumbling bass lines from original member Jean-Jacques (“JJ”) Burnel. The rest of the band comprises singing guitarist Baz Warne, drummer Jim MacAulay, and new keyboardist Toby Hounsham who replaced Dave Greenfield who died in 2020.