Yesterday I put out a community SOS for a replacement of this recording. Today however, it seems that my PC is less temperamental and kindly allowed me to burn this old CD.
I know I'm a bit late to the party, but in addition to the ABC... thread I an going to start this weekend something of a 'La Folie' thread seeing as I narrowly missed its 39th birthday recently.
This makes for a good start, from the second leg of the tour. The huge interest in the Swindon gig that left hundreds of punters disappointed outside could no doubt be attributed to the fact that in between the December '81 dates and the January '82 dates The Stranglers enjoyed an unexpected chart success with 'Golden Brown' and with venues pre-booked prior to the 'hit' some theatres struggled to cope.
The Swindon gig was one of a number of shows on the tour where the band took a stance against spitting. Their decision to spank an unfortunate miscreant with over-active salivary glands made for a good punk rock story in several local newspapers up and down the land. At Swindon, discipline was dished out at the end of 'Down In The Sewer'.
Perhaps more interesting is the fate of the photo of 'Diana fucking a donkey' that Hugh refers too! Answers on a postcard please.
1st February 1982
By Barry Leighton
Spitting fan who had to bare it!
Pop group The Stranglers had a special way of dealing with spitting punk fans.
They were showered with with spit at the start of their sell-out Swindon show on Saturday.
So they hauled one of the offenders onto the stage – and pulled down his trousers and pants.
And in front of 1,500 fans, they administered a jolly good spanking.
The foul spitting – which was supposed to be a way of showing appreciation - stopped immediately.
A Stranglers’ spokesman said the group, not unnaturally, hated being spat at. He said: “They often have to make an example of someone – and this method seems to work best.”
Hundreds of fans were turned away from The Oasis before the show. Manager Mr Roland Honeybunn said they could have almost sold the show twice.
A plate glass door valued at around £200 was smashed as fans attempted to break in before the concert.
The door was shattered as youngsters struggled with bouncers.
For a full review of The Stranglers see Scene on Friday.