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.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

What's In A Name?

'Rattus Norvegicus' release advert
Sounds 30th April 1977

For me, the album that was never bettered. Agreed it is down to personal taste of course.

Rattus..... their most psychedelic?
Black and White.... their most 'punk'?
The Raven..... their creative zenith?
The Gospel According To The Meninblack...... their most avant garde?

I love 'em all but just imagine for a moment that 'Rattus Norvegicus' was forever consigned to the information plaques in the small mammal houses of zoos up and down the country rather than filling the racks of record shops!

'Dead On Arrival' or 'Rattus Norvegicus'?

Both New Musical Express and Record Mirror reported this change in name in their issues of 26th March 1977. A late editorial decision from the band relative to its release date in April!

NME 26th March 1977

Record Mirror 26th March 1977

To think, we could have been robbed of our most beloved critter!

1 comment:

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