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With the Stranglers, Chicago 2013
25 March 1964|
|Genres||Rock, southern rock, blues, blue-eyed soul, world music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Bass|
|Labels||Columbia, Legacy Recordings|
|Associated acts||The 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. 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 recorded guitar for the track '21st Century Love' which features on fellow North East singer/songwriter Scott Michael Cavagan's debut album.
The following list includes albums only. Warnes full discography, including track listings, singles and EPs, can be found here
Stranglers - Studio Albums
Stranglers - Other
- 5 Live 01 (2001)
- Laid Black - acoustic album (2002)
- Coast to Coast: Live on Tour (2005)
- Rattus at the Roundhouse (DVD) (2007)
- Themeninblackinbrugge - Live Acoustic Album (2008)
- Live at the Apollo 2010 (DVD & CD) (2010)
Common Thread (2002)
Sun Devils (2001)
Human Soup (1996)