The Stranglers

No More Heroes

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”No More Heroes”, the title track from The Stranglers’ second album was released on the same day as the album and managed to reach number #8 on the U.K. singles chart in September of 1977. ”No More Heroes” is certainly amongst the group’s finest moments of their early years, striking the perfect balance between their punk aggression, melodic song writing skills and playing chops in a single track. Right from the tittering guitar intro to the full band entrance on the swinging force of gurgling bass guitar, melodic keyboards hook and driving beat the song instantly demands your attention and doesn’t let up. Singer Hugh Cornwell’s lyrics are fervently political, simplistic, and delivered with throaty conviction that packs a wallop right from the excellent opening verse, “Whatever happened to Leon Trotsky? / He got an ice pick / That made his ears burn / Whatever happened to dear old Lenny? / The great Elmyra and Sancho Panza? / Whatever happened to the heroes? / All the Shakespearoes? / They watched their Rome burn” A speedy guitar solo and grooving keyboard break keep thing moving following the oft repeated lament, “No more heroes any more / No more heroes any more” that sounds more like a triumphant punk victory slogan as the track progresses and becomes the songs infectious mantra. ”No More Heroes” is pure, classic Stranglers from start to finish.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No More Heroes 1977 EMI Music Distribution 3:28
The Collection 1977-1982 1982 EMI 3:31
Singles (The UA Years) 1989 EMI / Liberty / Parlophone / Warner Music 3:30
Greatest Hits 1977-1990 1990 Epic 3:28
Best of 20 of Another Kind 1992
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 3:29
The Old Testament: The U.A. Studio Recordings (1977-1982) 1992 EMI 3:27
D.I.Y.: Anarchy in the UK: UK Punk I (1976-77) 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
Teenage Kicks: 46 Classic Punk & New Wave Tracks 1995
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:28
The Hit Men 1977-1991 1997 EMI Music Distribution 3:28
Blowout: 18 of the Best Indie Songs 1998
Various Artists
EMI 3:28
40 Hits: 1975-1979 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 3:28
Punk, Proud & Nasty 1999
Various Artists
Cleopatra 3:57
Hits and Heroes 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:29
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 3:28
Wild Boys 2000
Various Artists
Best Music International 3:28
Hits at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 3:29
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:28
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? 2000
Original Soundtrack
EastWest 3:28
The UA Singles '77-'79 2001 EMI Music Distribution 3:30
Punk: The Worst of Total Anarchy, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Disky
Epic Years 2001 Sony Music Distribution 3:48
The Very Best Stranglers Album Ever 2001 EMI Music Distribution 3:28
Clubbed to Death: Greatest Hits Remixed 2002 Stable 5:17
Peaches: Very Best of the Stranglers 2002 EMI 3:27
No Spitting [CD1] 2002
Various Artists
Disky 3:29
60 Classic Punk Tracks 2003
Various Artists
Disky 3:29
Gold Collection 2003 Retro Music 3:48
Punk Generation: Total Anarchy 2004
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands) 3:28
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:28
Under the Influence 2005 Under The Influence 3:27
The Story So Far 2007 EMI Music Distribution 3:29
Pure: Rock 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:56
Ashes to Ashes, Series 1 2008
Original TV Soundtrack
Sony Music 3:27
Playlist: New Wave 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 2:56
Top Gear Anthems 2008: Seriously Hot Driving Music 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:55
This Is 1977 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 2:57
Pure Driving Rock [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:57
Original Hits: 70s 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:55
The UA Singles 1977-1982 2009 EMI / EMI Music Distribution
101 Punk & New Wave Anthems 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:55
101 Running Songs, Lap 2 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:55
Essential 2011 EMI / EMI Gold 3:27
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
100 Greatest Classic Rock Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
70 Hits of the '70s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic Driving Songs
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:27
Commando Rocks!
Various Artists
Parlophone 2:56
For Dad
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 2:57
Hits Of The 70s [2019]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
Massive Hits! Punk Rock
Various Artists
EMI 3:29
Rock City [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
Rock Classics: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino
Rock Out
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
The Best Ever Rock
Various Artists
Rhino