Stranglers (The) – Skin Deep

The Stranglers - Skin Deep, a real 7" single, pictured yesterday.

My usual agent (aka My Mum) bought this one for me on Friday 19 October 1984 just about a couple of weeks into its 7 week stay in the UK singles chart.

I’d like to think that I gave it that boost it needed to get to its highest chart position of 15 which it achieved at the end of its 3rd week. I remember the 19 October 1984 well as I was taking part in a sponsored walk to raise school funds… in school time!  Whoo and indeed hoo!

On supposes that due to their large number of seventies hits The Stranglers may not be considered as bona fide 1980’s stars. Singles like Peaches and No More Heroes were both top ten hits in 1977, right at the high point of the punk era.

Having said that, Golden Brown, their biggest hit, made number 2 in the UK singles chart in 1982 – just shows the danger of pigeon holing. Of course this was what the punk fraternity seemed to do with The Stranglers, they were often derided by them due to the relatively polished nature of their work.

It’s a catchy wee tune is Skin Deep, with an interesting sentiment too – beware people who may not be exactly what they seem on the surface. Good advice for the post-punk generation methinks.