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.
Saturday, 30 March 2019
Ranking Roger - A Talent Taken Too Soon - Rest In Peace
Last week in Brighton, in the middle of a Stranglers gig, I was passed the awful news that The Beat's Rankin' Roger had died. What a tremendous loss in the year that the UK celebrates the 40th anniversary of the remarkable musical phenomena that was 2 Tone.
Together with The Specials and The Selecter, The Beat spoke out against intolerance in UK society. They shaped the attitudes and politics of a huge swathe of young people, the very same attitudes that are so important as we once again face division and uncertainty in the UK.
We saw The Beat many times, the last time in May 2018 in Hatfield not long before Roger fell ill. One of the most enjoyable occasions was when he invited our two children on stage at the end of a gig in Bishops Stortford. He was so genuinely thrilled that these two people had spent the whole evening skanking along with the band.
Thanks for the music Roger, the country is poorer now that you have left the stage.