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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, 19 March 2017
The Beat Toronto Concert Hall 16th October 1982
The very existence of 2 Tone as a musical movement was a political statement, however of the associated bands, two were more overtly political than the others, The Specials and Birmingham's The Beat. Songs such as 'Stand Down Margaret' and 'Get A Job' expressed their disgust with the Tory policies of the day.
When the original incarnation of the band broke up, bassist David Steele and guitarist Andy Cox went on to find huge success with The Fine Young Cannibals which they formed with 2 Tone associate Roland Gift. Rankin' Roger and Dave Wakeling formed General Public and realised some more moderate success. Now Wakeling fronts a US based version of the band who play under The English Beat banner whilst Roger and his son, Rankin' Junior perform as The Beat.
01. Twist And Crawl
02. Doors Of Your Heart
03. Big Shot
04. Rough Rider
05. Hit It
06. Walk Away
07. Tears Of A Clown
09. A Dream Home In New Zealand
10. Psychedelic Rockers
11. Two Swords
12. Best Friend
13. I Am Your Flag
14. Ranking Full Stop
16. Mirror In The Bathroom
Roger's The Beat released a brilliant album in 2016 which is well worth checking out!