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Simple Minds & The Stranglers ‘(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)’ – joint single!!

Simple Minds and The Stranglers get together to perform ‘(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)’ from the Stranglers defining debut album ‘Rattus Norvegicus’

The Stranglers will be Simple Minds’ special guests on the ‘Big Music’ arena tour of the UK and Ireland in November 2015

The new recording of ‘Get A (Grip) On Yourself’ was recorded at Battersea Park Studios on 9th July – Jim Kerr’s birthday. From the Minds camp it features Jim Kerr – sharing vocals with The Stranglers’ Baz Warne – Charlie Burchill (guitar) and Mel Gaynor (drums). They are joined by Stranglers’ founding members JJ Burnel (bass) and Dave Greenfield (keyboards).

“Like most people I have my fair share of indelible memories, some that I even refer to as life changing events. Witnessing The Stranglers in full thrown ascendancy, at The City Halls, Glasgow, in 1977 would qualify as one of those events,” says Kerr. “For that alone, as well as their stunning music and fiery live sets, we will always be grateful to The Stranglers. They and others like them made it possible for Simple Minds to exist.”

The single will be released as a Limited Edition 7″ White Vinyl Picture Disc on the 6th November 2015 (Pre-Order), the track is available to download now.

Thu 26th O2 Arena, London
Fri 27th Leeds First Direct Arena
Sat 28th Glasgow The SSE Hydro

Tue 1st Aberdeen AECC

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. I love the Stranglers and Simple Minds, seen both bands several times over the past 30 odd years. This is just gimmick rock, punk rock, or post punk rock, GARBAGE Rock, self
    indulgent drivel!!!

  2. Is this the start of the music industry lining up to finally pay to the MiBs. Maybe Louder than War needs to do a feature in the print version actually asking bands & musicians & the media about the Stranglers. Would be a good issue all by itself. What do you say to that Mr Robb?

  3. This is a great version of a great song, by 2
    iconic bands. Apology about my earlier post
    had one too many at Johnny Marr gig!


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