The Stranglers were formed in 1974, originally calling themselves "The Guildford Stranglers". They began playing hard "pub-rock", but around 1976 they became associated the punk-movement, which helped them to their breakthough. They had big hit with the title track from their second album "No More Heroes". Their music was never pure punk, and their use of organ and keyboards gave them a broader sound than most of the other up-coming punk- and new-wave band.
Their music gradually changed towards more melodic, sometimes almost main-stream, music.
In 1990 original member singer/guitarist Hugh Cornwel left the band to pursue a solo career. The remaining members recruited two replacements; John Ellis, a former member of The Vibrators and singer Paul Roberts.
Hugh Cornwell: Vocals and guitar: Left the band in 1990
Dave Greenfield: Keyboards.
Jean-Jacques Burnel : Bass.
Jet Black (a.k.a. Brian Duffy) : Drums
John Ellis: guitar, backing vocals. Joined in 1990, but had left again by 2000.
Paul Roberts: Lead vocals. Joined in 1990
Baz Warne: Guitar, lead vocals. Joined in 2000.