ACIDPoPSoNG - Two Songs by The Stranglers

The Stranglers est un groupe de rock new wave britannique formé le 11 septembre 1974 à Guildford, qui sera associé au mouvement punk puis New Wave.


A son origine il est composé de quatre membres : Hugh Cornwell (chant, guitare), le franco-britannique Jean-Jacques Burnel (chant, basse), Dave Greenfield (claviers) et Jet Black (percussions).
La particularité du son des Stranglers se fait, à la base, essentiellement sur deux choses : le jeu de basse de Jean-Jacques Burnel et les claviers de Dave Greenfield aux cascades de notes faisant rappeler un certain Ray Manzarek des Doors. À noter que c'est ce groupe qui a inspiré le plus les Stranglers.


Dans leurs chansons, on peut retrouver des titres au rythme de valse comme Golden Brown que voici...

Ci-dessous: Golden Brown by The Stranglers (1982).


Dm      C6     Dm           C6
Golden Brown, texture like sun
Dm C6 Dm C6
Lays me down, with my mind she runs
Dm C6 Dm C6
Throughout the night, no need to fight
Dm C6 Dm C6
Never a frown with Golden Brown


Dm C6 Dm C6


Every time, just like the last
On the ship tied to the mast
To distant lands, takes both my hands
Never a frown with Golden Brown


Am Em F G6
Am Em F G6
Am Em F G6
Am Em G F
Dm C6 Dm C6


Golden Brown, fine a temptress
Through the ages she's heading west
From far away, stays for a day
Never a frown with Golden Brown


Am Em F G6
Am Em F G6
Am Em F G6
Am Em G F

Dm C6 Dm C6




Malgré le succès inattendu de leur précédent album La Folie, et notamment de son single "Golden Brown", les Stranglers se brouillent avec leur maison de disques et signent un nouveau contrat avec Epic.


Le nouvel album, Feline, fait toujours la part belle aux claviers 'doorsiens' de Dave Greenfield, aux lignes de basse entêtantes de Jean-Jacques Burnel et au chant doux et sarcastique d'Hugh Cornwell. Il y règne une atmosphère onirique, douce comme une nuit d'été ("Midnight Summer Dream").

L'ensemble dégage une élégance sensuelle à l'image de la panthère noire qui orne la pochette de Feline.

Ci-dessous: Midnight Summer Dream by The Stranglers (1982).


Woke up on a good day
And the world was wonderful
A midnight summer dream had me in its spell

I dreamt about an old man
Sat and watched the rain all night
He couldn't sleep a wink as all the drops fell

He told me of the beauty
Hidden in our foreheads
He told me of the ugliness
We show instead

And when we put a foot wrong do we learn
From all the pain
A midnight summer dream as he watched the rain

Then at midnight he poured another drink
And bent my ear
After midnight we sat up half the night
Or maybe more
And he began to tell me what it was all for

I woke up in an armchair
He had gone I don't know where
Left me there to sit and look at the rain

Don't remember much at all
But his words were echoing
A midnight summer dream and then wake again

Maybe I'll never find him
Maybe he's gone forever
Maybe I'll have to sit here
Watching the weather

One thing's pretty certain helped me
Make it in the night
Showed me somewhere else besides wrong and right

And at midnight if you can't sleep
Then I can bend your ear
After midnight we'll sit up half the night
Or maybe more
And I'll begin to tell you what it is all for

Wake up on a good day
And the world feels wonderful
Midnight summer dream has me in its spell

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