Aural Sculpture was placed at number 14 in the U.K. album charts in November 1984. There were 3 singles released from the Album called "Skin Deep" (Number 15 in the UK singles chart),"No Mercy" (Number 37 in the UK singles chart) & "Let Me Down Easy" (number 48 in the UK singles chart) all were accompanied by 12" single versions. "No Mercy" had a further two format releases in picture disc and EP.
As part of The Stranglers' celebration of their Ruby Anniversary, the definitive collection of the B-side recordings they made whilst signed to Epic is released for the first time, via their own label. Appropriately, as befits a band marking forty years together, Here & There: The Epic B-sides Collection 1983-1991 gathers 40 tracks across 2 CDs and is also released as a 40 track digital package. The Stranglers released no less than 13 singles in the UK during this period, which saw them produce five albums: four studio and one live. The Stranglers signed to Epic Records in 1982 having been with United Artists / Liberty since 1977. The change of label coincided with changes in marketing policy across the UK industry - often dubbed "the Frankie Goes to Hollywood effect". Previously, The Stranglers' had released only one 12" single - an extended version of Bear Cage in 1980 - but from 2nd Epic single, Midnight Summer Dream until 1990, each release had a 12" version which required extra studio or, increasingly, live tracks to "add value" to the package.