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

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Caption Competition - Win 3 DVD Recordings Of Your Choosing

Just wanted to try something a little different to encourage a little more site participation/interaction. So I'm starting off with a simple caption competition. I can't offer a 'Peaches' blackmail sleeve or 'Girl From The Snow Country', but I can offer a free choice of three DVDs from the list included on this site. Given that DVD file sizes are rather prohibitive for upload, this is a chance to get hold of something over and above the audio recordings. I will post worldwide at my expense.

The Pennie Smith photo below, from the Corn Exchange in Cambridge on the 'No More Heroes' tour in the autumn of '77, has long intrigued me. What passed between these two men at the point that Ms Smith directed her lens in their direction? I don't know, but you might.

Please email your suggestions to me..... they don't have to be polite, I am broad minded! If I receive any entries, the judging process will be conducted along strictly non-democratic lines by a discerning panel of one (you guessed it, that's me).

Good luck!

I will let this run until the end of January when I will announce the winner.


  1. Hugh: Are you sure we don't know "My old man's a dustman?"

  2. J.J: "I'm testing the banana up the arse theory, I think we should try this on a deserving fan at some point".

  3. "JJ!Don't look now but jets giving you the finger".

  4. "JJ! I've got some good news and bad news?I'm leaving the Stranglers in 1990 to go solo".
    JJ."And what is the bad news".

  5. Hugh: "Demon of the semen?" So what does that make me?
    JJ " Ummm, ugly?"

  6. JJ"I told you i am bigger than you".
    Hugh "AH" "AH"

  7. Hugh "Keep smiling the press are here"

  8. So did you 'do' Caroline Coon too?

  9. "D'you know John. One day after I'm gone you'll be covering Summmer in the City!" - "Hugh you're having a laugh. I'd rather title an album Stranglers in the Night!"

  10. HUGH "jj that dentist is great see".

  11. JJ" I told you Dave's nowhere to be found when it's his ROUND".

  12. Hugh "Whats up".
    JJ " Dave's Hammonds bust again".

  13. Hugh: Quick....what's 128 divided by 3?
    JJ: Let me pause for reflection for a second....F#@K knows!!

  14. JJ" HUGH last time Pennie smith took our photo we had strippers on stage".
    Hugh"Yes that's the last time i got an eyeful".

  15. Hugh "Whats are you up to".
    JJ " Just hanging around".

  16. Árf a dinari fer me bloody life story?"
    "That's just what Ronnie Gurr said"