Jean-Jacques Burnel

Jean-Jacques Burnel

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

Life and career

Jean-Jacques Burnel was born in Notting Hill, London, to French parents. He moved with his parents to Godalming, Surrey when he was about twelve and attended the Royal Grammar School, Guildford and read history at the University of Bradford and Huddersfield Polytechnic. 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 about a quarter 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 Stranglers member Dave Greenfield, Fire and Water in 1983.Burnel has also produced and appeared as a guest musician for a number of artists, such as Lizard and Arb from Japan, Polyphonic Size (from Belgium) and Taxi Girl's album, Seppuku, in 1981, as well as Laurent Sinclair's "Devant le Miroir" maxi single. Burnel also formed a Rhythm and blues covers band The Purple Helmets who played a number of concerts and released two albums in the late 1980s.

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