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

Monday 19 December 2022

Terry Hall R.I.P.


It's another bad December, echoes of 2016 all round. Terry hall, one of this country's best front men has left the stage at just 63. Whilst this site was set up as a vehicle for my passion for The Stranglers, The Specials mean the world to me as well. A band with such spirit that picked racism up by the braces and showed it for what it was and sadly still is.... bullshit!

You will I hope forgive me if over the next week I indulge myself with a few Terry/Specials related posts.

R.I.P. Terry Hall, the world is a poorer one without you.


  1. as sad as i am when i heard the news tonight i look forward to your celebration of his life on here. that self titled album is probably in my top 5 favorites

  2. Just as shocked and still cant believe it! Fuck Cancer!

  3. The last few years have seen, the heroes of my youth disappearing a lot faster than I would like. I loved the Specials from the first time I heard Gangsters on John Peel when I was a kid, Peely introduced me to so many artists that have been a huge part of my life, many of whom have now left us. Every time we lose another it puts me in mind of Peely, I still remember him announcing the death of Malcolm Owen. Before I go off on a ramble, R.I.P Terry, thanks for introducing me to Ska.