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.
Sunday 9 October 2016
Ranking Roger of The Beat on BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the 80's
Last Friday Roger featured on Sara Cox's 'Sounds of the 80's' show on BBC Radio 2. The show was featuring the band's debut album 'I Just Can't Stop It' released in May 1980. Here Roger talks of the punk scene in his native Birmingham and how this came together into what became the 2 Tone movement. He also talks of the band's position outside of 2 Tone and touring with The Clash and The Police, REM and US.
Ranking Roger interview here.
Whilst the focus here is on 'I Just Can't Stop It', The Beat are not standing still. Just released is their new album 'Bounce', their first studio album in, what, 34 years! I have heard a few tracks so far and it sounds great to me, so rest assured it will be getting another plug in the near future.