supplied by Neil William Michael McGuigan
Jacquie Ballard… I was there great night. I got a badge.
Alan Esdaile… Was it Tom Robinson supporting Neil? as I think it was originally advertised as Eater?
Neil William Michael McGuigan… trouble is I honestly can’t remember
Peter Fairless… The support was Eater, not TRB
Paul Gray… I didn’t realise they played the Pier twice. I saw them supported by The Dictators.
Neil William Michael McGuigan… Get your old posters out. From Pier 1977, so I put this on ebay- and it sold for £1830 today.
Pete Fairless… …and Neil is kindly going to pledge some of his profit to the FOHP bid to save the pier – what a nice guy!
Sandy Max… Damn I wish I’d kept them!
Virginia Davis… I was thinking the same
Alan Batty… Rattan Norvegicus was originally going to be called dead on arrival….any link?
Jan Warren… Hhmm, not sure, “Rattus Norvegicus” simply means “Brown Rat” but “Dead on Arrival” would be a suitable title for a Stranglers album, I LOVE The Stranglers!! and how brilliant to get such a price for a poster?!! – no wonder I keep so much “junk” ……. always hoping it might be worth something??!!
Jeff Harris…Hi all, just been lurking here and thought you might be interested in the true story around this poster…In 1977 I was an art student at Eastbourne Art College, when a colleague of mine was asked by a promoter friend to design a poster for a new punk band who were about to release their first album (The Stranglers) and then go on tour. At this point the album title was going to be ‘Dead on Arrival’. Hence the image of someone being kidnapped/strangled. The designer asked me to be the model for the poster. Sadly they changed the album title before any other shows, so this is a bit of a rarity and probably the only evidence of the albums original planned title.