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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Saturday 15 February 2020

The Coming of the Undead - Nosferatu Unleashed

5th May 1979 Melody Maker

Cornwell’s Solo

Hugh Cornwell, shortly to join his fellow Stranglers for their headline appearance at the Loch Lomond Festival at the end of May , is putting the finishing touches to his debut solo album.

The record, “Nosferatu” was named after the first Dracula movie and is planned for release in June.

Cornwell has just returned from America’s West Coast where he has been recording the album with a number of players, including former Mother of Invention Ian Underwood, and Captain Beefheart’s drummer Robert Williams.

5th May 1979 Record Mirror

Strangler Hugh Gets Drac

Strangler Hugh Cornwell releases his first solo album in July.

‘Nosferatu’ was inspired by the very first Dracula movie of the same name, made in Germany in 1922. Hugh has just returned from America’s West Coast, where he has been putting the finishing touches on the album.

The album features Ian Underwood on keyboards and Captain Beefheart’s drummer, Robert Williams, on drums. Cornwell is also expected to a solo tour but no dates are as yet available.

13th October 1979 Record Mirror

Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers has a solo album out soon. Young Hughie always wanted to make music that would frighten people and so, as an extra effort to have us dashing to the loo in fear, he’s called the album ‘Nosferatu’. Like the undead, for all you hicks who haven’t been glued to Film ’79. At least with a title like that the photos of Hugh’s rugged face will fit in perfectly.

13th October 1979 Melody Maker

Cornwell’s date with horror

Hugh Cornwell’s first solo album called “Nosferatu” after the German silent horror classic, is now set for November 9 release by UA.

Written and produced in collaboration with Beefheart drummer Robert Williams, it reputably features members of Devo on some tracks, like the Mothersbaugh written “Rhythmic Itch”, and the Mothers’ Ian Underwood plays sax on “Wired”. The other tracks are “Fear”, “Big Bug”, “Irate Catapillar” and “Puppets”.

The album is preceded by Cornwell’s version of Cream’s “White Room”, released as a single on October 26. The guitarist is currently touring with The Stranglers, but as yet has no plans for solo gigs.

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