Veteran Guildford post-punks The Stranglers have made their feelings about their detractors very clear in a statement issued by the band's legendary bassist JJ Brunel.
To mark their Ruby anniversary, 61-year-old Brunel, the most eh, disruptive member of the band, said: "On this, the occasion of our Ruby Anniversary, I would like to take this opportunity to stick my fingers up to everyone who wrote us off, who dismissed us, who slagged us off or who just didn't like us.
"I would also like to thank those who saw beyond the mealy mouthed words of the critics, who drew their own conclusions and cast aside the prejudices of others. He who laughs last laughs longest AND loudest. Next year we will make a lot of noise with our friends . . . "
The band, who had massive hits with Golden Brown and No More Heroes, will undertake a 22-date UK tour to mark their birthday.
Original lead singer Hugh Cornwell's departed The Stranglers in 1990 and the current line-up features Burnel, Dave Greenfield, Jet Black and Baz Warne, with Warne and Burnel sharing vocals.