5. The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus  (1977)

Shend ‘We formed The Cravats a couple of days after seeing the Stranglers at Barbarella’s in Brum. They started everything for me and this LP didn’t leave my turntable for weeks. I immediately wanted to be JJ Burnel and elected to be The Cravs bassist (also with only four strings it had to be easier to play, right?). Every track burns brightly and although I bought and loved, Never Mind The Bollocks, The Clash first, The Jam and Buzzcocks, Rattus was the one that embodied the anger, energy and excitement of punk. They are solely responsible for me failing to fill in my form to apply for HND Business Studies at Warwick University (the day after the gig) and thus are probably responsible for me not becoming assistant manager of Halfords in later life, for which I am eternally grateful.

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