Stranglers break out of punk mould with classical and ballet

Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:29pm EDT
 
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By Belinda Goldsmith

LONDON (Reuters) - For a band that thrives on taking risks, moving The Stranglers' music from the mosh pit to the orchestra pit was an easy decision.

The fact that the punk veterans, more used to fans thrashing around to their songs, are also working on a ballet based on of one their albums just adds to the spirit of adventure.

The Stranglers were named last week as among the line up of the 118-year-old BBC Proms, performing their music with the London Sinfonietta on August 12, as organizers aim to attract a younger crowd to Britain's largest classical music festival

Bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel, one of the group's founders, said he was "gobsmacked" when the BBC invited the band to join one of 92 events in the eight weeks of Proms concerts - some of the most sought after tickets in the London entertainment year.

"It has never been done before. I am still in adventure mode and anything that I haven't done is a box to be ticked," Burnel told Reuters in a pub by the River Thames, wearing black skinny jeans and dark sunglasses.

"I can't think of many more prestigious events in the world musical calendar," he said, adding it was yet to be decided which of the band's songs would be played at the event.

Burnel said band had always sought out risks and challenges since forming in 1974, releasing their debut album "Rattus Norvegicus" in 1977 and 16 others, as well as 23 hit singles such as "Golden Brown", "No More Heroes", and "Peaches".

BALLET MASH UP   Continued...