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, 10 May 2020

Malcolm Owen of The Ruts Dead at 24

The optimism that accompanied Malcolm's declared determination to kick his heroin habit with the help of family, friends and fellow Ruts was shattered when he was found dead in the bath in his parents home in Hayes on 14th July 1980.

Record Mirror 19th July 1980

Later Malcolm's story was the subject of an article on the teenage, magazine style television programme '16 Up broadcast in January 1981.

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