5 Minutes (The Stranglers song)

"5 Minutes" is a 1978 single by English band The Stranglers. The song is sung by bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel. It gives an account of a rape that occurred at a shared flat in London he lived in during 1977. The lyrics, which are sung both in English and French, convey Burnell's frustrations over finding the five men who committed the attack.[1]

"5 Minutes"
Single by The Stranglers
B-side"Rok it to the Moon"
Released27 January 1978 (UK)
GenrePunk, post-punk
LabelUnited Artists
Songwriter(s)Hugh Cornwell
Jean-Jacques Burnel
Dave Greenfield
Jet Black
Producer(s)Martin Rushent
The Stranglers singles chronology
"No More Heroes"
"5 Minutes"
"Nice 'n' Sleazy"

The song was recorded in between No More Heroes and Black and White. It reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]


  1. ^ "Burning Up Times PDF" (PDF). Strangled.co.uk. 2005. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-13. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  2. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2012-01-06.

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