Dave Greenfield

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Dave Greenfield
Dave Greenfield in concert with the Stranglers - Paris, Olympia - 13 April 2012
Background information
Birth nameDavid Paul Greenfield
Born (1949-03-29) 29 March 1949 (age 70)
Brighton, England
GenresPunk rock, new wave, post-punk
Instrumentskeytar, drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, electronic organ, vocals
Years activeLate 1960s–present
Associated actsThe Stranglers, Rusty Butler

David Paul Greenfield (born 29 March 1949, Brighton, England) is the keyboardist with the English rock band the Stranglers.[1][2]


He was born in the south coast seaside resort of Brighton. Prior to The Stranglers, Greenfield played in local progressive rock band 'Rusty Butler'.[3]

Musical style and equipment[edit]

His sound and style of playing, particularly on The Stranglers' debut album Rattus Norvegicus, has frequently been compared to that of Ray Manzarek of The Doors.[4][5][6][7][8] The comparison was even made at The Stranglers' inception by Jean-Jacques Burnel, who claimed that Greenfield had not heard of The Doors at the time.[9] He is also noted for his trademark style of playing rapid arpeggios.[10] His distinctive sound on the early Stranglers recordings involved the use of Hohner Cembalet (model N), Hammond L-100 electric organ, a Minimoog synthesizer, and later an Oberheim FVS-4 polyphonic synthesizer.

On the albums The Raven, Gospel According to the Meninblack and Aural Sculpture, Greenfield used a Korg VC-10 vocoder. Notable instances of this include in "Genetix" when it accompanies his own vocal and during the "Gene Regulation" section underneath Hugh Cornwell's monologue, on "Baroque Bordello" towards the end of the song, and in the song "North Winds".

It was a piece of music written by Greenfield during recording for The Meninblack, which was discarded by other members of The Stranglers, that Hugh Cornwell later adapted into their biggest hit "Golden Brown", although the band themselves did not initially see this as a potential single. In addition to its chart success, the song also won an Ivor Novello award.

On the Feline album, Greenfield began using an Oberheim OB-Xa polyphonic synthesizer; the technical specifications of which are read by him at the end of the free single, "Aural Sculpture". By the time of the Aural Sculpture album, he had replaced both the Hammond L-100, and Yamaha CP-30 piano with two PPG Wave digital samplers.[citation needed]

Vocal performances[edit]

He also frequently contributes harmony backing vocals to the band's songs, and sang the lead vocals on a few of their early tracks, as mentioned in Hugh Cornwell's book The Stranglers, Song By Song. These tracks are:

Outside of the Stranglers[edit]

In 1981, Greenfield produced the single "Back to France" by the band Boys in Darkness.

Greenfield and fellow-Strangler Jean-Jacques Burnel released a joint album in 1983, Fire and Water (Ecoutez Vos Murs), used as the soundtrack for the film, Ecoutez vos murs, directed by Vincent Coudanne.



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  2. ^ "Music - The Stranglers". BBC. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  3. ^ Blackmail Corner. In: NME, 13 January 1979, page 13.
  4. ^ "Music - Review of The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus". BBC. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Review : The Stranglers @ Sheffield Academy «". Sloucher.org. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  6. ^ Douglas Baptie (2 March 2012). "The Stranglers - Giants | Capsule Review | Music @ The Digital Fix". Music.thedigitalfix.com. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  7. ^ Bruce Dessau. "The Stranglers, Roundhouse | New music reviews, news & interviews". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Stimulating Curious Musical Minds". eMusic. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  9. ^ "Top of the Pops 2 - Where Are The Now?". BBC. 30 May 1974. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Yahoo! UK & Ireland omg! - Celebrity Gossip | News | Photos | Videos". Uk.music.yahoo.com. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2012.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Hugh Cornwell (30 November 2001). The Stranglers, Song by Song (First ed.). Sanctuary Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1860743627.