Aural Sculpture was only a moderate success in the UK album charts, peaking at No. Their album, Dreamtime , dealt with environmental concerns among other issues. Its signature track, and another radio staple for many years to come, was " Always the Sun " a No. The Stranglers' final album with Cornwell, 10 , was released in This was recorded with the intention of building on their "cult" status in America.
Despite this success, the follow-up single "Sweet Smell of Success" only reached No. In August , Hugh Cornwell abruptly left Stranglers to pursue a solo career, following the band's failure to attain a tour in the US. The remaining members recruited John Ellis , who had had a long-standing association with the band. He had opened for them in the s as a member of The Vibrators , filled in for Cornwell during his time in prison for drug possession in , worked with Burnel and Greenfield in their side-project Purple Helmets, and been added to the Stranglers' line-up as a touring guitarist a short time before Cornwell's departure.
Burnel and Ellis briefly took over vocal duties for one television appearance on The Word before enlisting Paul Roberts , who sang on most songs live, even those originally sung by Burnel. In , Ellis left the band and a new guitarist, Baz Warne , was recruited. The Stranglers achieved something of a critical and popular renaissance in with the acclaimed Norfolk Coast album and a subsequent sell-out tour, together with their first Top hit No.
The album also included Tuckers Grave about a Somerset cider house named after the victim of a suicide in a nearby farm which members of the band now occupied. In , Coast to Coast: Live on Tour was released, the live album contained songs recorded during their tour the previous year. On their sellout UK tour they were supported by Goldblade.
In concert, Burnel returned to singing the songs he originally recorded as lead vocalist, and Warne sang the numbers originally led by Hugh Cornwell. Suite XVI , the follow-up album to Norfolk Coast , was released in September the title is a pun on "Sweet 16" and also a reference to the fact that it was the band's sixteenth studio album and continued the band's resurgence. In it was reported that drummer Black was suffering from atrial fibrillation , an ailment which subsequently forced him to miss a number of shows, particularly where extended travel was required.
On such occasions Ian Barnard, Black's drum technician, deputised. On 4 November , the band with Black played a sell-out gig at the Roundhouse in Camden , North London, marking the thirtieth anniversary of their headline run at the same venue in The set list was the same as the concert, with the addition of a couple of more recent songs as a final encore.
The Stranglers continued their resurgence in starting with an extensive UK tour, including a sold-out return to the Hammersmith Apollo in March, their first visit there since They were supported on the date UK tour by Max Raptor. A new double CD compilation album , Decades Apart , containing a selection of tracks from the full career of the band, including at least one from each of their sixteen studio albums and two new tracks, "Retro Rockets" and "I Don't See the World Like You Do" was released in February.
The download version of Decades Apart included an unreleased recording from , "Wasting Time", inspired by the band's 'Rock Goes To College' experience earlier that year;  this track, originally titled "Social Secs" was never released, and the music ended up being reversed and released as "Yellowcake UF6", the B-side to "Nuclear Device" in In April, the band began touring Europe, with many gigs and major festivals lined up for the entire year.
Giants was released in , including the first instrumental on an album since "Waltzinblack" on The Gospel According to The Meninblack. The "deluxe" version consisted of a second disc containing tracks from the 'Weekend in Black' acoustic session in November For the North American tour Black was not present, with Macaulay playing the entire show.
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Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. He has not appeared at a Stranglers concert since March , and is now effectively retired from stage performances. A promotional image released for the band's 'Classics Collection' tour did not feature Black. No announcement regarding any formal lineup change has yet been made by the band, but ahead of the tour, Warne confirmed that Black no longer plays live.
In , an online petition on the British Government website campaigning for him to be included in the next list of honours attracted signatures and was mentioned in the national press.
His second wife, Helena, left him following several arguments over the Stranglers rehearsing in their home during the early days of the band. He has had no contact with former Stranglers singer Hugh Cornwell since he left the band in According to Cornwell's autobiography, when he telephoned Black to announce his resignation, the latter's response was simply "OK, fine.
He currently lives in Tetbury , Gloucestershire, where he reportedly designs and builds wooden furniture. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. English rock drummer. For other uses, see Jet black. Jet Black performing with the Stranglers at the Bestival.
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