|A4||Princess Of The Streets||4:34|
|B2||(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
Tenor Saxophone – Eric Clark
|Down In The Sewer||7:30|
|B4b||Down In The Sewer|
|B4c||Trying To Get Out Again|
|UAG 30045||The Stranglers||Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus) (LP, Album + 7", Single + Ltd)||United Artists Records||UAG 30045||UK||1977|
|7243 5 34406 2 6||The Stranglers||Rattus Norvegicus (CD, Album, RP)||Parlophone||7243 5 34406 2 6||Europe||Unknown|
|D-57537||The Stranglers||Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus) (Cass, Album, Dol)||United Artists Records||D-57537||Spain||1978|
|1A 038-1575301||The Stranglers||IV Rattus Norvegicus (LP, Album, RE)||Fame, Liberty||1A 038-1575301||Europe||Unknown|
|FA 3001||The Stranglers||Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus) (LP, Album, RE)||Fame, Liberty||FA 3001||UK||1991|
Rattus Norvegicus (alternative title The Stranglers IV) is the debut studio album by the Stranglers, released on 15 April 1977. It was one of the highest-selling albums of the punk era in Britain, eventually achieving platinum record sales. Two of its tracks, "Peaches" and "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)", were released as 7" singles in the UK. The album was originally going to be titled Dead on Arrival but it was changed at the last minute.
Most of the songs on this album fit the description of hardcore pop to a tee, but there are a few deviations from this model. Princess of the Streets" is a slow-tempo selection with blueslike echoes. The ambitious "Down in the Sewer" crosses the concept of episodic numbers like the Who's "A Quick One" with early-'60s instrumentals. And the energetic "London Lady" is almost a true punk song - or at least as close as the band gets to one. While not the equal of their best album, No More Heroes, this release is solid and worthwhile, a rewarding.
However, their debut album is one that demonstrates, unlike many of their peers in 1977, the Stranglers were skilled musicians and songwriters. Keyboard aside they had more of a punk attitude then many other acts. Even if a lot of the hype was fictional they were a band that made great music. Rattus Norvegicus, (the Latin name for the rats responsible for the plague) is an outstanding album. It has aged well and the dexterity of all four band mates is clear through out. If it comes in the form of Hugh Cornwell’s psychedelic guitar licks, which shows prominence in ‘Down In The Sewer’.
Rattus Norvegicus is the first album by The Stranglers, released in 1977. The band's name was printed as "The Stranglers IV" on the sleeve. The album was originally to be entitled "Dead on Arrival" but was changed at the last minute. It was one of the highest-selling albums of the punk era in Britain.