Baz Warne

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Baz Warne
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With the Stranglers, Chicago 2013
Background information
Born (1964-03-25) 25 March 1964 (age 55)
Sunderland, England
GenresPunk, new wave
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass
Years active1983–present
LabelsColumbia, Legacy Recordings
Associated actsThe Stranglers, Toy Dolls

Barry "Baz" Warne (born 25 March 1964 in Sunderland, England) is the current guitarist and vocalist of the Stranglers. Earlier in his career, he was the guitarist and front-man of numerous bands. His first recordings to be released were with the Sunderland punk band the Toy Dolls, whom he joined as bassist in 1983.[1] He toured extensively with them and recorded two singles before forming the Troubleshooters in 1985. The Troubleshooters released two singles before changing their name to the Smalltown Heroes in 1992. They released a number of singles including the world's first interactive CD-rom single, "Moral Judgement", which contained the band's history, the video for "Moral Judgement", and gig footage. "Moral Judgement" received the 'Single-of-the-Week' designation from Kerrang magazine on its release in 1994. It was followed in 1996 by their only album, Human Soup. In 1998, during the recording of what was planned as their second album, Atomic Cafe, their record company pulled the plug, announcing that they had no more money, causing the band to fold. In the summer of 1998, Warne formed a retro-rock cover band named Sun Devils.

In 2000, Warne was invited to audition for the Stranglers, whom he had met in 1995 when Smalltown Heroes supported them on tour. His audition was successful, and he immediately set off to play in Kosovo and then across Europe with the band. One of their first gigs together was captured on the 2002 Euro Live DVD, recorded in Poland in 2000.

He is also well known in the small Northumberland village of Belford, where he played many solo gigs at the Salmon Inn around the time he joined the Stranglers.

Warne sings lead vocals on many of the tracks contained on the Stranglers' most recent studio albums (Suite XVI and Giants). In live gigs, he handles the vocals on the songs that had originally been sung by Hugh Cornwell.

In October 2017, Warne played guitar for the track "21st Century Love" which features on fellow North East singer/songwriter Scott Michael Cavagan's debut album.[citation needed]


The following list includes albums only. Warnes' full discography, including track listings, singles and EPs, can be found here.

Stranglers - studio albums[edit]

Stranglers - other albums[edit]

Baz Warne[edit]

Common Thread (2002)

Sun Devils[edit]

Sun Devils (2001)

Smalltown Heroes[edit]

Human Soup (1996)


  1. ^ Glasper, Ian (2014). Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980–1984. PM Press. p. 140. ISBN 9781604869897. Retrieved 3 November 2014.

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