The Raven (The Stranglers album)

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The Raven
Stranglers - The Raven album cover.jpg
Studio album by The Stranglers
Released 21 September 1979
Recorded June 1979 at Pathe Marconi Studios, Paris; AIR Studios, London
Genre Post-punk, new wave
Length 41:11
Label United Artists
Producer Alan Winstanley and The Stranglers
The Stranglers chronology
Black and White
(1978)Black and White1978
The Raven
The Gospel According to the Meninblack
(1981)The Gospel According to the Meninblack1981
Singles from The Raven
  1. "Duchess"
    Released: 10 August 1979
  2. "Nuclear Device (The Wizard of Aus)"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
Smash Hits6½/10[3]

The Raven is the fourth studio album by English new wave band The Stranglers. It was released on 21 September 1979, through record label United Artists.


The first two songs, much of the artwork (the band is shown standing on the prow of a Viking longship) and the album title refer to Norse mythology. The album deals with a variety of issues, including Japanese ritual suicide ("Ice"), heroin use ("(Don't Bring) Harry"), the Iranian Revolution ("Shah Shah a Go Go") and genetic engineering ("Genetix").


The Raven was released on 21 September 1979. It reached No. 4 in the UK albums chart, remaining in the chart for eight weeks.[4] However, it is believed it should have made No. 1 but for an error in the chart. The Police reached No. 1 despite their album not yet being released, leading to controversy that the Police album had been mis-credited with sales of The Raven.

The album was originally released with a limited-edition 3D cover. Another limited edition was inadvertently created when the band was forced to remove an image of Joh Bjelke-Petersen from the inner sleeve artwork. Bjelke-Petersen was the subject of the album's sixth track, "Nuclear Device (The Wizard of Aus)".

"Duchess" was the first and most successful single from the album, released on 10 August 1979 and reaching No. 14 on the UK singles chart.[4] "Nuclear Device (The Wizard of Aus)" was the second single released; this reached No. 36 on the same chart.[4] An EP, Don't Bring Harry, was released in November, consisting of the title track, "Wired" (credited to Hugh Cornwell and Robert Williams), "Crabs (Live)" (credited to J.J. Burnel) and "In the Shadows (Live)". It reached No. 41.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by The Stranglers.
  1. "Longships" – 1:10
  2. "The Raven" – 5:13
  3. "Dead Loss Angeles" – 2:24
  4. "Ice" – 3:26
  5. "Baroque Bordello" – 3:50
  6. "Nuclear Device (The Wizard of Aus)" – 3:32
  7. "Shah Shah a Go Go" – 4:50
  8. "(Don't Bring) Harry" – 4:09
  9. "Duchess" – 2:30
  10. "Meninblack" – 4:48
  11. "Genetix" – 5:16


The Stranglers
  • Alan Winstanley – production, engineering, mixing
  • Steve Churchyard – mixing
  • Porkymastering
  • BilBo – mastering
  • John Pasche – sleeve design
  • Shoot That Tiger! – sleeve design
  • Chris Ryan – sleeve photography
  • Toppan – sleeve photography
  • Paul Cox – sleeve photography
  • Allan Ballard – sleeve photography


  1. ^ Cleary, David. "The Raven – The Stranglers". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (18–31 October 1979): 29.
  4. ^ a b c d "Stranglers | Artist | Official Charts". Retrieved 30 April 2013.

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