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

Sunday 29 April 2018

There's a Ghost in my House

'The Mysterious World of Arthur C. Clarke' has got a lot to answer for! That and one of those Marshall Cavendish bit part magazine publications that came out in the late '70's/early '80's called 'The Unexplained'. It was these that sparked an early interest in the paranormal. And let's face it who does not enjoy the thrill of an occasional ghost story.

Last week I was perusing through some radio podcasts and I stumbled on one of BBC Radio 4's 'Reunion' broadcasts. This brought together some of the characters that were involved in the so called 'Enfield Poltergeist' case of 1977/78.

This is another publication that I read back in the day and consequently spooked myself for weeks afterwards..... no pun intended... OK it was. Guy Lyon Playfair's book documented the goings on at this unassuming property in a North London suburb and the efforts of the Maurice Grosse who investigated the phenomenon on behalf of the Society for Psychical Research.

In recent years the case has taken the form of a UK TV drama as well as a feature film, The Conjuring 2..... the latter of which I will not be watching!

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