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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Friday, 25 March 2022

Here Comes The Summer... Out On The Town For The Undertones


Well it has to be said that that one was a long time coming. The mighty Undertones and Hugh in Camden Town no less.

Why not make something of a day of it. There was in fact an exhibition of Derek D'Souza's photographs (with associated memorabilia) from his time working with the Jam, The Style Council and Paul Weller as a solo artist. Always a pleasure to be at the Barbican and even more so the fact that the esteemed photographer was in attendance when we turned up.

The exhibition runs until May 2022 and is well worth a visit.

Of course it would be entirely unacceptable to be in the environs of London's Barbican development without acknowledging it's contribution to the brutalist canon of British architecture. It certainly has it's place and is striking whether the viewer loves or loathes it!

The Barbican, London 12th March 2022 (with a noir filter needless to say!)

Such culture-vulturing demands appropriate sustenance which pulled our party in the direction of beer and curry.


Refueled it was a dash to the Electric Ballroom for an early start by Hugh (it's my age but in London I love a club night related curfew!!).

Running through the last of his planned gigs promoting Monster. Hugh was on good form and dare I say it quite upbeat on the evening. Always great to see the man.

If Hugh was good, The Undertones were the perfect antidote to these shit times that we are enduring... even if they offered only a 90 minute respite!

'Billy's Third'
Electric Ballroom 12th March 2022.

The Undertones
                                                      Electric Ballroom 12th March 2022.

A good time was had by all!

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