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 3 September 2023

Hugh Cornwell The Stables Milton Keynes 4th November 2022


A solo show from Hugh when 'Moments of Madness' fell upon Milton Keynes last year. Like its predecessor 'Monster', 'Moments of Madness' is another on form album featuring some strong material. Once again Hugh splits the set with solo/'Nosferatu' material followed by a second set of Stranglers' material. Of the second set, whilst I admire Hugh's willingness to mix it up a bit, I don't think that Waltzinblack particularly works as a live track and 'Turn The Centuries Turn' live is what? Well... a bit of a dirge.

It makes great sense for Hugh I think to keep an eye on what The Stranglers have been playing (if indeed he ever does), what better way to ensure that you can give the Stranglers' section of your audience something that they are not going to hear elsewhere. That said there is a wealth of material that would, I am sure, leave that part of the fanbase happy as Larry... 'Fools Rush Out' or some of those old 'Sculpture' era B-sides that have never had a live airing. But that is a minor criticism really on what is a great show!

Many thanks to Chatts for the share.



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