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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Sunday 22 November 2020

Status Quo Schleyerhalle Stuttgart 24th October 2014


OK hands up, I have exercised a degree of poetic licence here. 'Q' is a difficult one, I have nothing by Queen and Quiet Riot or the Quire Boys are not my thing at all. And so I give you Quo. Now before you recoil in horror, pause for one second, this is not the normal denim and leather fodder that the band had been churning out for decades, for this is an acoustic set..... quite a few old bands have tried it I understand! With this different take on that familiar sound it is clear that much of the material is pretty good and well written..... oh and 'Pictures of Matchstick' is a classic of the psychadelic era!

I saw Status Quo once, well that said I stood and watched them for 15 minutes at Reading Festival in 1987, just to be able to say that I had seen them. We returned to the test for more alcohol and laughed as they were still cranking out the hits 2 hours later.

It's funny, but they have the reputation that all their songs sound the same, but years ago at a local pub quiz there was an intros round with you guessed it, 20 Quo intros. We scored 20/20 and all the titles were indeed different. 



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