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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Sunday 13 August 2023

Jamie Reid British Artist 1947-2023

Punk wasn't just about the music, when done well it was the full assault on the senses, sound, sights and certainly a few smells.

Whether punk grabbed you from the stage or in front of the stage, visuals were always at the forefront whether your talents lay with your eye for a good photograph (and there were many) or with a cutting board and a sharp blade. 

Jamie Reid has died at the age of 76. A collaborator in all that Sex Pistols did. The band's songs and delivery fueled a musical revolution but Reid's artwork sealed the deal. The very mention of 'God Save The Queen' immediately brings to mind images of the mad Jubilee of 1977 but so much of the outrage was triggered by that image of the glorious monarch with a safety pin through her nose! 

And just reflect on that artwork for 'Anarchy In The UK'. Not a bad way to launch your debut single. A visual salvo that set out the Pistol's stall without the need for a single musical note!

The style of Reid's art was such that it lent itself to a satirical assault on any institution from 1976 right through to the present day.


I loved the fact that the Guardian reported the passing of Reid on their front page, surely a deliberate attempt to wind up their competitors of the press on the right!

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