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 6 June 2020

"Will no one rid me of this turbulent President?" - King Henry II of England (almost verbatim)

Now look, this is a music website first and foremost and as such you will not find much politics on here. Don't get me wrong I am certainly not apolitical but neither am I an angry late night keyboard political activist. I save that for Newsnight when I can be observed to be shouting and expleting at the television screen like a good 'un. Nevertheless, by the same token I do not subscribe to the train of thought that music and politics do not or should not mix. Music is one of the oldest forms of expression and therefore of protest and dissent. The bands represented on Aural Sculptors are certainly not of a kind to leave a political viewpoint in the venue cloakroom, think, 'Rock Against Racism', 'CND', 'Amnesty International', 'Artists Against Apartheid'.... so many bands on here have nailed their colours to one or other such mast.

This evening as I have prepared another great work up by Dom P of a gig by The Specials in New York on their first US tour in 1980, the most recent bum burp to pass the Narcissist-in-Chief's lips were playing on my mind.

In announcing positive employment figures and linking that to an indicator of greater equality he amazingly brought George Floyd's into the speech with the following words:

"Hopefully George is looking down and saying this is a great thing that's happening for our country. A great day for him. It's a great day for everybody."

George Floyd, killed in  Minneapolis less than two weeks ago by the police, one of whom is charged with second degree murder and three others who are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter is sure to be doffing his cap to Donald today - why wouldn't he?

The man is dangerous and unhinged.

1 comment:

  1. He should sack his scriptwrighters,
    Nobody can come up with this amount of Bol**cks without help.