I feel that the Stranglers have had a rough time of it in the punk / new wave nostalgia industry and cannot really understand why. Perhaps it's the fact that that they have never split up - OK Hugh left in '91 and there have have been several personnel changes since but the core has never varied - so there has never been the much-hyped reunion tour and subsequent remastering sales pitch to raise their profile. They have just continued to tour and play and do what comes naturally to them.
Anyway be that as it may, I once heard the Stranglers described as the musicians of punk, to the Damned's Jokers, the Clash's politicians and the Sex Pistol's hate figures; and I would at least agree that the Stranglers were the better musically from the off. And the songs on this compilation show this off brilliantly - OK so they get a little cabaret-ish with the brass section coming in near the end of this selection, and they were not initially the strongest lyrically (No More Heroes and Peaches being perhaps the worst offenders) but for me Strange Little Girl is still one of the best and most haunting songs ever, Something better Change is dark and brooding, All Day and All of the Night a great cover of a great song.
All-in-all a great compilation of a much under-rated band who deserve more recognition.