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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Monday, 28 February 2022

De Montford Hall Leicester 15th March 1990 DVD


Now this is not the greatest footage in the band's arsenal but it is an authentic record of the '10 tour'. The sets were great but the dynamics within the band were somewhat awry. The brass section were still there, an innovation in the band's sound that never sat comfortably with me and John Ellis was drafted in on second guitar for some reason that had not been necessary in the previous sixteen years. To enable Hugh to focus on his vocals I heard.... surplus to requirement I would say without any intended disrespect to JE.

The 10 tour saw a rare reintroduction of 'School Mam' that saw Hugh more animated than he had been for a long time! 

Despite the strangeness of a five-piece arrangement I really could not have predicted that such a seismic change was on the cards for the band just 5 months later.

It was at Leicester that a coded IRA warning message was received shortly before the band's stage time on 23rd February. I was al that gig but unfortunately was not able to make this, the rescheduled date. 

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