Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present

Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.

As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.

Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.

In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Leigh Heggarty's Mad World of Guitars

Following on from the post I made on the recent Ruts DC appearance at The Forum, I recently recieved an email from my friend Leigh Heggarty thanking me for the review. I remember Leigh from years ago when I occasionally used to see him playing in the late '80's and early '90's with his band The Price, regulars in the Uxbridge area (I was at Brunel at the time).

More recently, judging from his excellent blog 'Leigh's Mad World of Guitars' he's not letting up on the gigging. Whilst I wasn't so aware of some of the bands that he is currently involved with, I was certainly aware of his involvement with both TV Smith and with Ruts DC, two big hitters in my book. Please take a look at Leigh's blog. Whilst I have posted on the Paul Fox benefit gig (not a review, rather a moan that I missed it), Leigh gives the background on the rehearsals with The Ruts and Rollins, filling in when Paul was too ill to play. Leigh's exitement about playing with these people is infectious and his Ruts related posts certainly made me smile!


  1. Hi Adrian

    I remember seeing The Price in Birmingham at The Barrel Organ in 1989, still got the single The Price you pay / The man with the smile both great tracks.

    All the best
    West Bromwich

  2. Thanks for the kind words Adrian.

    Hi Dave - if I remember rightly that gig was headlined by The Mega City Four, with us on first and The Milk Monitors in the middle slot. However as we were getting near the end of our set The Milk Monitors hadn't yet arrived so we played a few more songs; The MC4 then played their set but instead of them playing an encore The just-arrived MMs played a few numbers. I think their van had broken down?

    Well that's how I remember it anyway!

    Cheers - Leigh