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

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Farewell to Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk

It is far to say that for a music fan this has been a crap week in a crap year. Today we learned of the death of Florian Schneider. With Ralf Hutter, a founder member of Kraftwerk who from the mid-'70's through to the early-'80's created music that just sounded out of this world, the blue print for electronic music and a huge inspiration to many other musicians that went on to create other forms of music from hip-hop to dance music.

I was lucky enough to see Florian with the band twice in 1991 and in 2004. It is fair to say that early on they were not prolific on the live circuit, preferring to communicate with the outside world from their studio come Headquarters, Kling Klang, in their home city of Dusseldorf.

Thanks for the music Florian!

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