The Stranglers... the last time I heard their material was when the film Snatch used the excellent song Golden Brown in the soundtrack.
Now, it seems to me that they are back, with the new album, and, according to the contents of this single, with a refreshing modern sound, along with their conventional punk material (rhythmic keyboard music, and so on), which sounds excellent.
The song, Big Thing Coming, sounds very much their old punk material, which means that this is top-notch punk music, along with the modern technology to produce an outstanding punk song that should still remain an excellent song throughout this year along with most contemporary punk groups' more modern material.
Peaches 2004 is a bit of an unusual re-recording of one of my favourite Stranglers hit, and not to mention a favourite punk song as well. This track attempts to use most modern music technology, with its mixing and sampling, which I think is used to give a pretty different dimension to the already popular punk song.
Overall, this is an under-rated gem for 2004, which will be a disappointment, not just for the fans, if this single does not make The Stranglers revamp their reputation in the more and more, conquering manufactured pop scene that is invading our charts. Fans will love it, and so should fans of contemporary punk, if they appreciate them as one of the original punk masters of the late 1970s.