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 15 May 2023

Fifty Years In Black

It really is some achievement, 50 continuous years in one of the maddest professions there is. It is strange to think just a few weeks ago, when marking the Rattus anniversary the review hook line from Melody Makers' review of the album cropped up that simply stated 'The music on the album confirms that the Stranglers have little or nothing to offer'. No Nostradamus that hack!

When the Stones advertised their '50 and Counting' tour back in 2012 I think that I rolled my eyes (but then again I have never been a fan of the band!) and now my chosen band have reached (nearly) the same milestone and it makes me feel quite odd, not to say old!

For the nay-sayers, and they are out there, the arguments against the continuation of the band falter somewhat when considered in light of the 'Dark Matters' album. The darkly reflective and in parts damn melancholy (for good reason of course) nature of the album is becoming for a band marking such a monumental birthday.

Who would have thought eh?


  1. Huge achievement I feel an orchestra gig coming at the Royal Albert Hall

  2. Hi can please upload the stranglers London Shepherds Bush Empire 21/11/98

  3. It is definitely quite an achievement, I remember going to Cardiff to see them on their 40th anniversary tour.
    It is a shame that there is no sign of a gig in Wales.