And no, it's not really a comeback, and more of putting the icing on top of an almost 50-year long career as one of the leading UK bands. It is also a celebration of their much-missed keyboarder Dave Greenfield, who succumbed to Covid19 a year ago.
“We had already recorded most of the album with him and during the lockdowns, our only wish was to complete it as a fitting tribute to his life and work. I consider this to be one of our finest recordings,” says the only remaining original member, JJ Burnel.
You wake me up one morning and the world has changed
Even though a two-year-old live version with Greenfield is available on YouTube, a studio version of "This Song" from the new album is the third teaser single. Nottingham Forest football legend Stuart Pearce, a long-time fan of the band, guest-stars as a Bond-like character, trying to escape some free-runners and ultimately realizing that he has to confront them head-on.
The Stranglers are also going forward with what they call their 47-stop "Final Full Tour" - originally scheduled for last year - starting in October in Belgium and finishing it up before Christmas in France, and then in early 2022 with a run-through the UK. Dave will be replaced by one of his disciples that "learned of the Keyboard man's fingertips."
Behind the scenes - the grandiose "White Stallion" and below "Payday"