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

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Nosferatu (Un)Reflected in Art!

The 'Nosferatu' collaboration was launched in November with a promotional campaign equal in intensity to previous Stranglers albums. Multiple full page ads were featured in each of the main UK weekly music papers (at great cost).

Each ad featured very atmospheric shots of Hugh with elements of Victorian horror thrown in. The shaving shots were vampire specific in that the reflection of a vampire in a shaving mirror would be somewhat problematic!

This campaign would have indeed set back United Artists a pretty penny. A lavish campaign was also enjoyed by JJ for the 'Freddie Laker' and 'Euroman Coming' release. Whether this was due to their continued belief in The Stranglers or an insurance policy against the much mooted band split, I leave to you.

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