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 email@example.com.
Saturday, 15 February 2020
Nosferatu Live - Don't Get Your Hopes Up!
'Nosferatu' was a brilliant commercial flop. Never toured and rather shied away from by Hugh for the last 15 to 20 years (although recently 'Irate Catepillar' has crawled back on to the stage as part of the 'Monster' tour set). To hear anything from the 'Nosferatu' album you have to go back to the late '90's/very early 2000's, to a time when Hugh was still distancing himself from Stranglers material in order to build credibility as a solo artist who was not reliant on former glories. In more recent years those early solo tracks have made way for more accessible Stranglers songs.... something that I understand and yet regret.
He has never played much from that wonderful album..... The most definitive collection of 'Nosfertau' live material appears on the officially released Mayday album (Live in Manchester 1999) - four songs (including 'White Room').
01. Irate Caterpillar (Mean Fiddler London 11th November 2004)
02. Wired (Debut Acoustic Show)
03. Mothra (Victoria Inn Derby 1997)
04. Wired (The Mercury Lounge New York 17th March 1999)
05. Mothra (The Mercury Lounge New York 17th March 1999)