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.

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Sunday, 3 November 2019

A Few of Early Singles Reviews

"Emergency" (UA).

A well-made crazed, controlled taught piece of music, feared tunnel-riffing but no-way - shove pre-conceived notions well away. The total for some reason doesn't seem to come up to the pleasure of its parts, but it is a fine effort. Lots of attack and derranged harmonies, a wonderful chorus, just a killer punch lacking. Time will tell. B-side "My Street Stinks" suggests "Emergency" could well be a flash in the pan.
Reviewed by Paul Morley (New Musical Express 21st January 1978).

"Me And My Desire" (UA).

There apex is STILL "Emergency". This (also on the debut album) is more of a mood number, a sort of exercise in restraint, control and space. Nick Cash tries his hardest to inject theatre into his delivery but somehow all the parts never seem to spark or gel.
Reviewed by Ian Birch (Melody Maker 15th April 1978).

"Waiting"/"Action" was a limited edition 12" single on the Labritain label that was given away with mail-order copies of the second album "Separates".

"Waiting" (Labritain).

Now thids lot I must be able to slag off surely. What with the atroceous second album and tediously silly "Homicide", but what's this? A pleasant slice of full tilt rocking-pop with barely disguised Shelleyesque vocals. Good. Well good for 999 anyway but not a S.O.T.W (Single of the Week) 'cos I just spilt beer down me trousers.
Reviewed by Garry Bushell (Sounds 2nd December 1978).

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