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.

Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at

Thursday, 2 February 2012

A Student Room - Brunel University 1992

Looking through some old photos at the weekend, I came across two that made me smile. I took a couple of pictures of my 4th year hall of residence room that I had in my time at Brunel in Uxbridge. This would have been in 1992. I was still seeing the band at this point, but less frequently as my interest was seriously on the wane.

I must have tidied up before the picture, I know it's still a mess, but I'm embarrassingly untidy!!

The Raven was painted on an old sheet. For the Bear Cage painting I may have run out of inspiration or more likely paint! Willian L. Shirer's 'Rise and Fall of the Third Reich' is on the book shelf, which remains to this day the best book that I have ever read.

More Stranglers, The Jam, the mighty Kraftwerk from the Man Machine period and a gig poster from an early gig by the reformed X-Ray Spex (1990?). From the albums on the bed, it's clear that the Madchester/baggie scene of the day passed me by completely!

These days I still have some gig posters on the wall, but now they are framed... a concession to middle age.

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