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 adrianandrews1@sky.com.


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Year Zero Punk In Ulster 1977 - A Documentary


A special thanks goes to this Mulley for this one. Ever keen to educate folk in the '70s punk scene in Belfast he sent me a handful of CDs that document just what was going on in Ulster at the time of the punk explosion. This BBC Radio Ulster documentary (originally broadcast on 21st July 2007) describes a vibrant scene against a backdrop of sectarian violence, a scene that was powerful enough to overcome the barriers that the Troubles erected. But hey, what do I know (coming from Sussex!). I'll let the main protagonists spell out just how it was in the 'Alternative Ulster' that they were a part of creating.

'Big Time' by Rudi

'You're A Disease' by The Outcasts

'Alternative Ulster' by SLF

'Here Comes The Summer' by The Undertones

Within the download are the radio documentary and a supplementary CD of interviews conducted with key figures in the history of punk in Northern Ireland.

FLAC: http://we.tl/ZpQ4P9V4CO

CD 1
BBC Radio Ulster documentary (broadcast date 21st July 2007)

CD 2
Interviews

PAUL BURGESS (RUEFREX)
Growing up in Belfast at the height of the Troubles
Engaging with politics
Recording The Wild Colonial Boy
Punk’s legacy

HENRY MCDONALD (JOURNALIST)
Punk and new friendships
Punk as a cross-community experience
The politics of punk

JOHN T DAVIS (FILMMAKER)
Shellshock Rock
How he made the film
The innocence of the film
Screening the film in Washington
The achievement of Shellshock Rock

GREG COWAN (THE OUTCASTS)
The impact of punk
The possibilities created by punk
Recording for Good Vibrations
N.I. as a centre of punk
Being at the centre of the scene

MARTIN MCCLOONE (PROFESSOR OF MEDIA STUDIES)
Development of punk in N.I.
Punks reclaim Belfast city centre
Writing about the Troubles

BRIAN YOUNG (RUDI)
Punk in Belfast
Teenage determination
Rudi’s image
Receiving first copies of Big Time
Punk values

COLIN MCLELLAND (SLF MANAGER)
Seeing SLF for the first time
The Rigid Digits label
Publicising Suspect Device
SLF writing about the Troubles
Difficulties getting a record label
The excitement of discovering punk rock

TERRI HOOLEY (GOOD VIBRATIONS BOSS)
Punk in ‘70s N.I.
Good Vibrations singles
Impact of punk in Belfast
Belfast as a centre of punk
The legacy of punk

ALI MCMORDIE (SLF)
The attraction of punk
The political climate of the period
Belfast then and now
John Peel and the Rough Trade label
The Inflammable Material album
Inter-band rivalry
Appearing on TOTP

GAVIN MARTIN (JOURNALIST)
The impact of punk on him
Punks in Belfast
His first ever interview (Mick Jones)
Joining the NME
Terri Hooley

GORDON OGILVIE (SLF CO-WRITER)
How he came to be living in Belfast
His love of music with attitude

JOHN O’NEILL (THE UNDERTONES)
His early songs
Early influences
Reputation of The Undertones in Derry
Reforming The Undertones

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