ELASTICA Released Their Hit Single ‘WAKING UP’ 25 Years Ago Today…

2 February 2020

Band: Elastica (London / 1991-2001)
Single: Waking Up
B-sides: Gloria, Car Wash, and Brighton Rock
Released: 2 February 1995 – 25 years ago today
Album: Elastica – the band’s debut LP
Score: The single reached #3 in the UK
Note: The Stranglers sued Elastica claiming that ‘Waking Up’ used the
riff of their song ‘No More Heroes. The case was settled out of court.

Here’s the original clip…

And here The Stranglers with ‘No More Heroes‘…

ELASTICA: Facebook

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Black And White’ – THE STRANGLERS 40 Years Ago…

Remarkable albums from the past…

‘Black And White’ by THE STRANGLERS
Released: 12 May 1978
40 years ago

BBC MUSIC wrote: “After two albums – the great ‘Rattus Norvegicus’ and its weaker sister,
‘No More Heroes’ and some extraordinary singles, The Stranglers were one of the most successful punk-era bands, hitting the top 10 regularly and being controversial (even for
1977) with their sexist lyrics and macho attitude. With an aptly stark cover and a division
into “black” and “white” sides, Black and White was immediately notable for its tougher
sound and attitude, and a merciful lack of songs about how awful women were.”

Full review here.

TOP TRACK: ‘Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’ – here live on Top Of The Pops in 1978

Album in full…

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THE STRANGLERS: Facebook – All Albums

THE STRANGLERS – Debut Single (GET A) GRIP (ON YOURSELF) Released 40 Years Ago…

Timeless in sound and vision.…

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THE STRANGLERS, regarded as the ‘old men‘ of punk back then and criticised by the Pistols and Clash focused music press but with more talent and more creativeness than many of the young brats surrounding them at the time, released their steamy, keyboards driven, debut single (GET A) GRIP (ON YOURSELF) on 28 January 197740 years ago. The track, written by frontman Hugh Cornwell (and featuring a Welsh coal miner on saxophone) was included on their debut album RATTUS NORVEGICUS and reached number 44 of the UK singles chart…

Didn’t have the money ’round to buy a Morry Thou
Been around and seen a lot to shake me anyhow
Begged and borrowed, sometimes I admit I even stole
The worse crime that I ever did was play some rock ‘n’ roll

But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself
But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself

Suffering convictions on a two-way stretch inside
The air in here is pretty thin, I think I’ll go outside
Committed for insanity and crimes against the soul
The worst crime that I ever did was play some rock ‘n’ roll

But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself
But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself

And you should know

Now I find from week to week the sentence sticking fast
Turn the corner, rub my eyes and hope the world will last
Stranger from another planet welcome to our hole
Just strap on your guitar and we’ll play some rock ‘n’ roll

But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself
But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself

And you should know

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THE STRANGLERS: Biography – Discography

10 Historic Knockout Singles Turning 40 in… 2017

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!

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1977! Phenomenal year for knockout punk drones, innovative new generation noise and
David Bowie shining heroically amidst the juvenile havoc. Smell the 7″. Watch the cool artwork. It was hard to make a selection as there were far more than these ten big ones. But the fabulous crackers I chose are, unquestionably, timeless monuments. 24 Karat
Gold and still sounding bloody awesome right now, right here! PLAY VERY LOUD!…

1/ ‘God Save The Queen’ by SEX PISTOLS
“God save the queen / The fascist regime”
Can you believe it, she’s still in charge…
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2/ ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’ by RAMONES

Unbeatable bubblegum pop punk. 1-2-3-4
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3/ ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll’ by IAN DURY
Imperishable cockney anthem…
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4/ ‘Heroes’ by DAVID BOWIE
The late legend’s pure, Berlin inspired, diamond…
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5/ ‘Complete Control’ by THE CLASH
Adrenalin fueled chainsaw dealing with Big Brother…
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6/ ‘Watching The Detectives’ by ELVIS COSTELLO
Word wizard and songsmith – the alternative king…
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7/ ‘In The City’ by THE JAM
Angry young man Weller full steam…
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8/ ‘Orgasm Addict’ by BUZZCOCKS
Catchy teenage punk on crushing pop speed…
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9/ ‘Peaches’ by THE STRANGLERS
Sexual controversy with a smoking groove…
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10/ ‘Oh Bondage! Up Yours!’ by X-RAY SPEX
The wonderful, clamorously outspoken, late Poly Styrene
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