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 email@example.com.
Saturday, 25 May 2013
Hugh In Dead Loss Angeles 1977 Interview
An interesting interview conducted with Hugh in Los Angeles on a promotional visit ahead of the first US tour of the following year (rescheduled from November '77 it seems). Hugh's disdain for L.A. was evident even on his first visit.
To me this recording sounds like the raw interview tape prior to editing for radio. A good quality early insight into the band's stormy relationship with the US.
The Pistols and The Clash get discussed along with the state of Bitish politics.... Hugh describes the Callagham government of 1977 as being very right wing...... what did he make of New Labour I wonder!
Please note that the speed increases a little beyond 20 minutes, but it's still highly listenable despite Hugh morphing into one of the meninblack!.