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

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

A Day in The 2 Tone City

Last Sunday the family headed upto my wife's home town of Coventry, to spend a day at their excellently organised free Godiva Festival in the city's Memorial Park. Playing in the afternoon was local musician Anthony Harty (playing with the Expensive Musicians). Anthony is currently playing with The Selecter (and has previously played with a host of bands including The Style Council, The Specials and The Special Beat). He played much of his new album 'Baggage' with help from one Horace Panter on bass and Mike Roberts (ex-King) on keyboards. The set featured an excellent version of the SC's 'Shout to the Top' as well.

With Horace on stage and Anthony's involvement with The Selecter, their was a fair chance for some 2-Tone faces to be around on the day, so I armed with camera and a couple of bits of black and white memorabilia. Two-Tone means a great deal to me and my wife, so much so that we 'lumbered' our son with the name Rudi!

The hunch paid off and we got the photos that we were looking for.

All credit to Coventry for putting such a three day event on.

Horace Panter (a.k.a. Sir Horace Gentleman - and he certainly is!) on stage.

Me (Adrian), Rudi and Horace Panter 3rd July 2011

Rudi, Pauline Black & Arthur ‘Gaps” Hendrickson of The Selecter 3rd July 2011

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