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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Wednesday 9 November 2011

Laurel Aitken (& The Ruts) BBC John Peel Session 28th April 1980

As promised here's some old Ruts material, albeit, the Ruts incognito. Backing the Godfather of Ska, the Ruts here are palying out and out ska beats (with the accasional shout from Malcolm!).

Pick of the crop for me here (perhaps with more than a little bias*) is 'Rudi Got Married' which, should my son get married, will make the reception play list for sure.
* his name is Rudi


1. Jesse James 4:15
2. Rock Me Baby / Caledonia 2:59
3. Rudi Got Married 3:11
4. Big Fat Man 3:06

Laurel Aitken : Organ, Vocals
Paul Fox : Guitar, Backing Vocals
Gary Barnacle : Saxophone, Organ
Segs : Bass
Dave Ruffy : Drums, Backing Vocals
Malcolm Owen : Backing Vocals

Producer : Tony Wilson
Engineer : Dave Dade

1 comment:

  1. Jesse James!

    I have been trying to get this recording ever since I first heard it as an avid John Peel fan (can it be 32 years ago???).

    Rock solid base line, a little echo (just enough)and Laurel Aitken sounding better than ever...who could ask for more?

    Thank you times a million, I am forever in your debt.