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Rattus Norvegicus

1 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 5 April 1988
  • Release Date: 5 April 1988
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 2001 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2001 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 50:52
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  • ASIN: B001IN27GI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,084 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Andrews on 24 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
More often than not in magazine articles, books and television documentaries about UK Punk Rock, The Stranglers are ignored or at best written off as `not really Punk'. The reality back in 1977 when `Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus)' was released was that the band were the Punk Rock group of choice for the majority of the original UK punk rock kids (both cognoscenti and latecomers) alongside the Sex Pistols. While the latter bands' musical brilliance was often overwhelmed by the Jubilee year media circus their manager Malcom McLaren exploited, The Stranglers relied on their multicoloured, malevolent music and their own eldritch personas.

For original punks like myself, who could relate to the youthfulness of The Sex Pistols, The Stranglers were not boys but mature men - and all the scarier and more significant for it. The Stranglers summoned up the feeling of walking around British towns at night in the late seventies for young men, full of fear, unrequited lust, misanthropic romanticism, sick of the violence and sex we saw everywhere, the former so close, the latter often frustratingly beyond our youthful reach. Branded as sexist bullies by the music press, the band were merely honest: young men often are aggressive and lustful. Their music is misanthropic, but it has a shadowy existential beauty, heartrending melodic sentiments reminiscent of The Doors often pouring out of a scree of uptempo noise like that of The Velvet Underground, but always uniquely The Stranglers. To lay one myth to rest, their music was never a problem for women either - there were (and still are) plenty of girls at their gigs.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mike J. Wheeler on 11 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was The Stranglers debut album in 1977, after the band had been going for around 3 years. It was recorded and released at the peak of punk/new wave and inevitably The Stranglers got lumped in with the same crowd as the Pistols, Clash and Damned. The thing is The Stranglers never were a punk band - their music though raw and energetic was far, far more sophisticated and this album owes much more influences such as The Doors than punk. Yes it has a couple of punk-like tracks ('London Lady', 'Ugly') but the rest of the album is much more complex. It begins with 'Sometimes' which has led to the Stranglers being accused of misogyny but to this day is one of the most powerful opening shots in any bands debut album. It also includes the hit of the summer, 'Peaches' along with the beautifully sleazy 'Hangin' Around' and the under-rated first Stranglers single, 'Grip'. Another standout track is the bluesy, bassy 'Princess of the Street'. The re-released CD version also has the bonus of including the flip-side of 'Peaches' - 'Go Buddy Go' which got large amouints of airtime due to radio stations being unwilling to broadcast the uncensored version of 'Peaches'. This is a real classic album which has stood the test of time and I would recommend anyone who hasn't to give it a listen.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bulb-in-Black on 4 Jun 2005
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The Stranglers first album. The original vinyl had 9 tracks ending, as it should, with Down in The Sewer. What was a so-called punk group doing playing a LONG mainly instrumental song that sounds like an adaptation of a piece for orchestra? This was the time of eschewing the pretentious 20 minute songs of 'Freebird' or Led Zeppelin.

The Stranglers brought not only a refreshing burst of energy (as did the Sex Pisols, Damned and others) and socio-political commentary (like the Clash and later Stiff Little Fingers and Gang of Four), the Stranglers were the first British group of the mid-70s to try to bring some 'intellectual' reflection on the lives we were living, all those years ago. Of course, with a sense of urgency. They were glum times. Something Better CHANGE - as they said on their next album.

Every one of the 9 tracks is excellent. It is rare to find an album on which every track works - and works so well. Four tracks were released as singles - London Lady, Hangin' Around, Peaches and (Get a) Grip (on yourself).

The sound is raw. The bass guitar is like nothing that had come before. In many ways it is the bass which is the 'lead' guitar. The vocals are rasping. The keyboards soar. In places all the instruments seem to be going off in different directions then coming crashing together again. The 'delivery' is superb - raw energy, do something - NOW, there is no time to wait, people are going to push you around, read, find out what is going on, create change.

You will probably like this album if you like rock'n'roll, if you like gigs and music that sounds 'live', you are not easily offended, if you are male, or if you like the Doors, Velvet Underground or Patti Smith. It was an innovation. It is art. Don't buy this if you like music that is all about 'love', says nothing, or which says things which will help you confirm the politically correct beliefs you hold.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Phillip on 14 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
No this wasn't The Stranglers fourth album, but their debut. Tagging it IV was their playful way of causing confusion on its release. Sexist, violent, misogynistic? Certainly - but this band delighted in being controversial and getting up the noses of the Press and the Establishment alike; it also ensured this album sold reasonably well and reached a respectable figure in the charts after its release.
The Stranglers worked hard for their success, constantly gigging up and down the country in a battered old ice-cream van, before they were eventually signed by United Artists. Rattus Norvegicus contains tracks penned during those early years. Hanging Around, (Get a) Grip (On Yourself), Princess Of The Streets and Ugly are personal favourites. This CD also contains bonus tracks not available on the original vinyl LP; gems such as Choosey Susie and a live version of Peasant In The Big Shitty.
If you don't own this classic album from that short period of punk rock, or (heaven forbid!), have never even given it a listen - you don't know what you're missing!
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