One of the things that set the Stranglers apart from all the other British punk bands of the 1970s was their use of keyboards. One of the best examples is “Golden Brown” from 1981.
That song–the Stranglers’ biggest chart hit–was written by keyboardist Dave Greenfield. His keyboard work (harpsichord, Hammond organ, various synths and a fondness for quite arpeggios) was also evident on songs like “Always the Sun,” “Nice in Nice” and dozens of other Stranglers songs.
Dave had been having heart issues, so he was admitted to hospital. And with that severe underlying condition, he ended up testing positive for the coronavirus. He died on Sunday evening (May 3) at the age of 71.
The Stranglers were supposed to mount a farewell tour this summer.