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February 6th, 2019


The Stranglers - Walk On By

What, the fucking Stranglers? What the hell has this blog come to? Yeah, I know what you mean, they were for the most part a load of sexist rockist shite. The thing is the other day I listened to the extended version of their cover of Walk On By (1978) for the first time ever and was totally blown away by it. Doing a Bacharach/David song the band come alive, freed of the compulsion to pretend to be punk all the time. They have so much fun with the tune, filling it with chunky riffs and crazy discursive organ. Think back to every fond memory you might have of Stranglers songs, and I'll bet you Dave Greenfield's keyboard is right there in the middle of it. What an underrated musician, what a total joy.

The Stranglers - Walk On By