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Jean-Jacques Burnel


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Jean-Jacques Burnel (born 21 February 1952 in London) also known as J.J. Burnel, is an Anglo-French musician and songwriter, best known as the bass guitarist with the British rock band, The Stranglers.

Burnel was born in London, to French parents on 21 February 1952. He moved with his parents to Godalming in Surrey when he was about twelve. Burnel originally trained as a classical guitarist, but adopted the bass guitar as his instrument within the Stranglers. He has also sung lead vocals on approximately 25% of their songs.

Burnel has been with The Stranglers since their inception in 1974, but has also made two solo albums Euroman Cometh in 1979, and Un Jour Parfait in 1988, as well as a collaborative album with fellow Strangler Dave Greenfield, Fire & Water in 1983.

Burnel is noted for his distinctive bass guitar sound, which is particularly prominent on earlier Stranglers recordings produced by Martin Rushent, such as the hit singles “No More Heroes” and “Peaches”. The sound is aggressive and trebly, was created using a Fender Precision Bass with RotoSound roundwound strings played with a plectrum very close to the bridge, through a Hiwatt 200w amplifier with 2 Hiwatt 4*12 speaker cabinets. Such a cabinet was intended for electric guitar, and the speaker cones on Burnel’s unit were damaged. He now uses an Ashdown rig as can be seen in the picture. J J Burnel has been a RotoSound endorsee since the early 1980s, and has featured in their advertising.


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  • DeiwidEdwin


    30 Jan 7:23am Reply
  • brunanogueirafs

    We Were Lovers s2 Gankutsuou

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JimMorrisonFCB

    Un Jour Parfait!

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Volmine

    sorrow(宿命) is the perfection! God, it never ceases to send shivers down my spine. [+1]

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • kalamushenki

    sorrow(宿命) is the perfection! God, it never ceases to send shivers down my spine.

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Dr-Doctor

    Interesting. I wonder if the anime fans here know of J.J's solo career as well as his career with The Stranglers and whether the Stranglers' fans know of his work on Gankutsuou!?

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • SchonerTeufel

    We were lovers <3. Gankutsuou OST is awesome :3 LOVE IT <3

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • go_buddy_go

    gonna play Stranglers in Kiev, looking for buddies to go. Im at bass :P

    13 Jan 2011 Reply
  • evonx

    download now : the stranglers according to the fans! artwork for a downloadable cover, with track-list & contributors names etc, available early 2011

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
  • KurtBell

    What a Stud! When it comes time for The Stranglers to disband coz Jet is to old he better bang out some more solo albums!!!

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • amag77

    The Best.

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • David_CZ

    Amazing in "desire (Fukushuu wa tada ware ni ari)" WOW. WOW.

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • rairame

    he's cool for doing songs like the gankutsuo ending *_*

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • MarilynLA


    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • KuroChaos

    Gankutsuou Soundtrack is wonderful, one of my favorites.

    5 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Bl4CkAdrian

    he´s so epic :D

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • macedoraphael

    You Won't See Me Coming

    26 May 2009 Reply
  • Makluski

    "Euroman cometh" cometh as such a welcome surprise among all that pretentious boring French cold wave merde (which description I consider fitting for approx. 50% of that stuff... or any stuff for that matter) ... Careless synth orgy served cold with lyrics half abstract and overall cheerful tongue-in-cheek stupidity... and it's by J.J. - the coolest strangler of all time! What's more to ask? A proper video perhaps?

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Lennyloon

    hhmmm The Rebirth I have the soundtrack and it credits JJ Burnel with 8 of the tracks.

    10 Feb 2008 Reply
  • sofaguard

    stranglers kick ass. anyone heard jj's girlfrom the snow country. its mint, so is freddie laker

    2 Dec 2007 Reply
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