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The Stranglers: A Sole Band - The Audiophile Man
I was at University at the time, in Liverpool around the early eighties. The local commercial radio station, Radio City, had sponsored a series of intriguing concerts strung over a few nights but in a single location, the Royal Court Theatre. The Royal Court was a large venue, approaching the size of the competing theatre across the road, the Empire but lacking in the finer aspects of decoration. In short, the Royal Court was scruffy. Despite the place being the location of the best concert I have ever seen – an appearance by Kraftwerk to promote their album Computer World (one of the few concerts on that tour not to have been cancelled) It was stunning. I was stunned. It was that kind of evening. So I was back, at the scene of the crime, as it where. This Radio City sponsored series of concerts would feature three bands at a time over, I think, three evenings and included outfits such as The Icicle Works, The Damned, The Housemartins and The Stranglers. For most of my visits, I sat up in the circle but, for The Stranglers, I was down in the pit. Standing with the hordes. It was a sobering …