The Collection 1977–1982

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The Collection 1977-1982
The Stranglers-The Collection 1977-1982.jpg
Compilation album by The Stranglers
Released September 1982
Recorded various
Genre Punk rock
Label Liberty
Producer Various
The Stranglers compilations chronology
The Collection 1977-1982
Off The Beaten Track
(1986)Off The Beaten Track1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Collection 1977–1982 is a compilation album by The Stranglers.[1] It was released to complete their contract with EMI, who had acquired the band's back catalogue on the United Artists and Liberty labels. It peaked at No. 12 in the UK Albums Chart in 1982.[2]

The album collected together several of the band's most popular singles and album tracks, and also included a "new" track, "Strange Little Girl". The inclusion of "Strange Little Girl" was an ironic move on the band's part: EMI had been indifferent to the band when they acquired their catalogue the previous year, not regarding them as a commercial proposition. The band proved them wrong by having a hit single with "Golden Brown", despite lacklustre promotion from EMI. When required to deliver a final single, the band re-recorded the song "Strange Little Girl", which they had originally been on a demo tape they had given to EMI in 1974. EMI rejected the tape at the time, but the re-recorded "Strange Little Girl" went on to be a top 10 hit.

A companion VHS video was released to accompany the album, containing promo clips for several of the band's songs. This was later released on DVD.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)"
  2. "Peaches"
  3. "Hanging Around"
  4. "No More Heroes"
  5. "Duchess"
  6. "Walk On By"
  7. "Waltzinblack"
  8. "Something Better Change"
  9. "Nice 'n' Sleazy"
  10. "Bear Cage"
  11. "Who Wants the World?"
  12. "Golden Brown"
  13. "Strange Little Girl"
  14. "La Folie"[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Collection 1977–1982 at AllMusic
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 535. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.