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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 23 June 2014
Someone recently requested some Glasgow gigs, so here is one with a difference. As part of a series of gigs arranged in conjunction with music chain Soundcontrol, a friend John Buchanan (then working with Soundcontrol) was involved in getting this gig together at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. As I suggested in the first line of the post, this is not a typical Stranglers related gig in Glasgow, certainly not what JJ was anticipating. Never intended to be a normal gig, and clearly billed as a Q&A/anecdote based appearance, the evening wasn't what a small section of the crowd was expecting and they let their feelings be known, very vociferously (drink had been taken), from start to finish of the 1 hour performance.
To his credit, JJ handled the situation admirably, but I understand, at the end, a quiet exit was made from a side door of the venue.
A recording from Bristol a few days earlier show that the set was rather curtailed as a result of the heckling idiots. Quality is not great, but it serves as an interesting document of a night out in Glasgow.
Here's some artwork courtesy of MeAnIe.
02. Dagenham Dave
04. Skin Deep
06. European Female
08. Un Jour Parfait (abandoned)
10. In The End
12. Where I Live
Sunday 15 June 2014
Apologies for the silence. This has been due to a recent computer meltdown that has prevented any posting on this site for some weeks. There's no lack of interest in taking the site forward and I will be carrying on as normal, starting with some recent Ruby Tour recordings for your listening pleasure.