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

Saturday 30 November 2013

The Ruts Feature In The January 2014 Issue Of Mojo Magazine

The current issue (January 2014) of the UK monthly music magazine Mojo, features an in depth article on The Ruts. Entitled 'A Punk Tragedy' and based around a lengthy interview with Segs and Ruffy, it is an affectionate but sometimes harrowing account of the formation, heyday and calamitous demise of the West London band. Anecdotally interesting, I didn't know for instance that Malcolm laid out one Sid Vicious at The Music Machine after a row with the delightful Nancy, this is an attempt to publicly set the record straight about the events that unfolded on 14th July 1980 and the ensuing problems in the months (and years) that followed.

It's a great read, and hopefully a taster for the forthcoming book. I would just say however, that the the journos description of Ruffy as a 'Buddhaesque jobbing sticksman' is a bit harsh!!

And so the Ruts story continues as tonight I will get my first taste in Leamington Spa of a pairing that I never expected to see in my wildest dreams. Couldn't be there in '79, but this will do nicely.

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