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The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus album

The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus album
Performer: The Stranglers
Title: Rattus Norvegicus
Country: UK
Style: New Wave, Punk
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 604
MP3 size: 1414 mb
FLAC size: 1548 mb

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Sometimes 4:50
A2 Goodbye Toulouse 3:12
A3 London Lady 2:25
A4 Princess Of The Streets 4:34
A5 Hanging Around 4:25
B1 Peaches 4:03
B2 (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
Tenor Saxophone – Eric Clark
B3 Ugly 4:03
Down In The Sewer 7:30
B4a Falling
B4b Down In The Sewer
B4c Trying To Get Out Again
B4d Rats Rally


  • Bass, Vocals – Jean Jacques Burnel*
  • Composed By – The Stranglers
  • Design [Sleeve], Art Direction – Paul Henry
  • Drums, Percussion – Jet Black
  • Engineer – Alan Winstanley
  • Engineer [Mix, Assistant] – Benny King
  • Engineer [Mix] – Doug Bennett
  • Guitar, Vocals – Hugh Cornwell
  • Keyboards – Dave Greenfield
  • Photography By – Trevor Rogers
  • Producer – Martin Rushent



©℗ 1977 United Artists Records Limited

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: SACEM/SDRM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etches side 1): UAG 30045 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etches side 2): UAG 30045 B
  • Price Code: SP 231

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
UAG 30045 The Stranglers Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus) ‎(LP, Album + 7", Single + Ltd) United Artists Records UAG 30045 UK 1977
7243 5 34406 2 6 The Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus ‎(CD, Album, RP) Parlophone 7243 5 34406 2 6 Europe Unknown
D-57537 The Stranglers Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus) ‎(Cass, Album, Dol) United Artists Records D-57537 Spain 1978
1A 038-1575301 The Stranglers IV Rattus Norvegicus ‎(LP, Album, RE) Fame, Liberty 1A 038-1575301 Europe Unknown
FA 3001 The Stranglers Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus) ‎(LP, Album, RE) Fame, Liberty FA 3001 UK 1991

Rattus Norvegicus (alternative title The Stranglers IV) is the debut studio album by the Stranglers, released on 15 April 1977. It was one of the highest-selling albums of the punk era in Britain, eventually achieving platinum record sales. Two of its tracks, "Peaches" and "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)", were released as 7" singles in the UK. The album was originally going to be titled Dead on Arrival but it was changed at the last minute.

Most of the songs on this album fit the description of hardcore pop to a tee, but there are a few deviations from this model. Princess of the Streets" is a slow-tempo selection with blueslike echoes. The ambitious "Down in the Sewer" crosses the concept of episodic numbers like the Who's "A Quick One" with early-'60s instrumentals. And the energetic "London Lady" is almost a true punk song - or at least as close as the band gets to one. While not the equal of their best album, No More Heroes, this release is solid and worthwhile, a rewarding.

However, their debut album is one that demonstrates, unlike many of their peers in 1977, the Stranglers were skilled musicians and songwriters. Keyboard aside they had more of a punk attitude then many other acts. Even if a lot of the hype was fictional they were a band that made great music. Rattus Norvegicus, (the Latin name for the rats responsible for the plague) is an outstanding album. It has aged well and the dexterity of all four band mates is clear through out. If it comes in the form of Hugh Cornwell’s psychedelic guitar licks, which shows prominence in ‘Down In The Sewer’.

Rattus Norvegicus is the first album by The Stranglers, released in 1977. The band's name was printed as "The Stranglers IV" on the sleeve. The album was originally to be entitled "Dead on Arrival" but was changed at the last minute. It was one of the highest-selling albums of the punk era in Britain.

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