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BLACK AND WHITE


blackandwhite.jpg (9066 octets) TANK
NICE 'N' SLEAZY
OUTSIDE TOKIO
SWEDEN (ALL QUIET ON THE EASTERN FRONT)
HEY! (RISE OF THE ROBOTS)
TOILER ON THE SEA

CURFEW
THREATENED
DO YOU WANNA?
DEATH AND NIGHT AND BLOOD
ENOUGH TIME

Proced by Martin Rushent
Recorded at T.W. Studios,  Fulham February/March 1978
Released in May 1978

 

Hugh Cornwell : Guitars and vocals
Jean-Jacques Burnel : Basse and vocals
Dave Greenfield : Keyboards and vocals
Jet Black : Drums and percussions

Laura Logic : Saxophone on 'Hey!'

'Black And White' is the first album for which The Stranglers really had to write new material.

The original idea, partially respected, was that the LP would have a 'white' side, with songs composed by JJ and sung by Hugh, and a 'black' side, written by Hugh and sung by JJ. All the songs of the A side have Hugh on vocals, but JJ had to share the vocals on the B side with Dave ('Do You Wanna?') and Hugh ('In The Shadows' and 'Enough Time').

A rumour in the press anounced a fourth album, that was supposed to follow 'Black And White', and that was called 'Eastern Front'. It was supposed to be very violent, and to deal with the Eastern Countries. It's interesting to note, anyway, that several songs on 'Black And White' deal with war and military topics : 'Tank' (obvious), 'Curfew', that describes a scenario where Great Britain is invaded by a ennemi (not mentioned), or 'Enough Time' with a Morse message saying : "s.o.s. ... s.o.s. ... we are fucked ... please advise".