Noise Pollution is Good for You
1978, Electronic, New Wave, Punk, The Stranglers

35. Something for the Weekend: The Stranglers “Rok it to the Moon”

The Stranglers "5 Minutes / Rok it to the Moon"

Lambasted by some at the time for not being a “proper punk band” due to their pub-rock origins, the Stranglers are one of the last surviving bands from the first generation of punk.

Although best known for the single “Golden Brown”, taken from their sixth album La Folie, the earlier years of the Stranglers saw the grasp a far more aggressive approach.
With this method of raw energy and zero-compromise, the Stranglers took to recording feverishly, eventually releasing two albums in 1977 (Rattus Norvegicus and No More Heroes), as well as a few non-album singles around the time of No More Heroes.
This period of high activity saw two more albums released within the following eighteen months.

One of those non-album singles was “Five Minutes” and while the A-Side is rather good, it is in this case topped by a fabulous B-Side called “Rok it to the Moon”.
Strangely enough, the band saw fit to record a video for “Rok it to the Moon”, albeit on the same set as for “Five Minutes”.


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