The Stranglers ‎– Rattus Norvegicus

United Artists Records ‎– UAG 30045
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Sometimes 4:50
A2 Goodbye Toulouse 3:12
A3 London Lady 2:25
A4 Princess Of The Streets 4:34
A5 Hanging Around 4:25
B1 Peaches 4:03
B2 (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
Saxophone [Tenor] – Eric Clark (3)
B3 Ugly 4:03
Down In The Sewer (7:30)
B4(a) Falling
B4(b) Down In The Sewer
B4(c) Trying To Get Out Again
B4(d) Rats Rally

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Published By April Music Ltd./Albion Music.
Produced At T.W. Studios, Fulham January/February 1977.
Mixed At Olympic Studios, Barnes.

Issued in EGC/ST/77 picture sleeve, following the original UK issue of 10.000 copies with bonus single.

Has inner picture liner, with die-cut radius corners. The vinyl labels have the 'sunburst rat' design.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A): UAG 30045 A-1U JONZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B): UAG 30045 B-1U

Other Versions (5 of 65) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
UAG 30045, FREE 3 The Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus(LP, Album + 7", Single + Ltd) United Artists Records, United Artists Records UAG 30045, FREE 3 UK 1977 Sell This Version
CDP 7 46362 2 The Stranglers IV / Rattus Norvegicus(CD, Album) EMI CDP 7 46362 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
D-57537 The Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus)(Cass, Album) United Artists Records D-57537 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
FA 3001, UAG 30045 The Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus(LP, Album, RE) Fame, Liberty, United Artists Records FA 3001, UAG 30045 UK Unknown Sell This Version
TOCP-53274 The Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus(CD, Album, RE) EMI TOCP-53274 Japan 2002 Sell This Version



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April 12, 2016
The Stranglers IV, which it wasn’t, was their first album and it was, of course, called ‘Rattus Norvegicus’, ornery buggers the Stranglers are, but this is a brilliant debut, released in April 1977. I have a copy already but it is completely knackered so I bought another for £3.50 i the used bin at my local record store.

Yes it’s sexist, misogynistic perhaps and a bit nasty here and there, well, starting the album with the lyric “Someday I’m gonna smack your face”, to a girlfriend does set the tone a bit, but if you can get past that the songs have a drive about them, a griminess, they are, as they were later to write, nice and sleazy. Give it a listen if you never have, or listen again if it’s been a while: