The Stranglers started out in the mid-1970’s as a pub-rock band, evolved into a not-quite-punk band, and then refined their sound until they produced “respectable” pop music. Along the way, they pushed the boundaries of rock music (listen to Outside Tokyo or Threatened off Black and White, The Raven, Dead Loss Angeles or Ice off The Raven, or just about anything off The Gospel According to the Meninblack.
Singer/guitarist Hugh Cornwell left the band in 1990 to embark on a solo career. Like Genesis without Peter Garbriel or Ultravox without John Foxx, this is one of those instances where a band suffers from the departure of a member and never approaches it’s former glory.
Although The Stranglers were very popular in the UK, Dreamtime was the only album to chart in the U.S., largely due to the song Always the Sun. Even though this song is from the band’s more commercial pop period, if you listen closely, you can hear elements from the experimental period, such as Hugh Cornwell’s use of the guitar.
Cornwell was involved in the making of the video for Always the Sun. Unfortunately, the rest of the band didn’t like the video, and this caused discord in the group.