The Stranglers are one of those band names people drop when they want to be cool, like The Pixies or The Velvet Underground. These are bands whose influence is enormous and whose commercial success never reached a point where they became ubiquitous and oversaturated. Bands like The Stranglers made great music that changed music.
Last month at the North by North East music conference in Toronto we played a show at The Hard Rock Café. It was a moderately attended affair but we rocked ourselves into a stupor and had a great show. After the show a rather dignified British gent came up to me and told me how great he thought the band was.