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

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hugh Cornwell Cold Turkey (John Lennon Cover) City F.M. Liverpool (Year Unknown)

Featured on Liverpool's local City F.M. radio station sometime in the early 2000's I reckon, Hugh and band cover The Plastic Ono Band's 'Cold Turkey'.


'Seeing as we're in Liverpool, we couldn't leave without crucifying a John Lennon song'.

Dead Kennedys O2 Academy Liverpool 26th June 2015

The Dead Kennedys, one of the most iconic punk bands ever and over here for a handful of European dates. Thanks to the efforts of Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) I never got to see this band first time round. The pressures of being dragged through the court in a high profile censorship case proved to be too much for the band and they imploded at a time where under different circumstances they may have returned to these shores to tour 'Frankenchrist' or 'Bedtime for Democracy'. They were certainly due a visit having last been over three years prior to the split. Subsequently, band members took each other through the courts, leaving the reformed DKs with a string of vocalists in place of Jello Biafra.

I did see them about 10 years ago and they were good, very good in fact, that surf sound of East Bay Ray was still as sharp as ever, but something was lacking with the absense of Biafra madcap theatrics that were so much part of a Dead Kennedys gig.

I'm not sure how long the new singer has been at he mike, but rather alarmingly he sounds like Leonard Graves Phillips from The Dickies!

Many thanks to rbose1 from Dime for allowing this recording to be shared freely.

'Forward To Death', 'Winnebago Warrior' & 'Police Truck'
Hamburg June 2015


01 Intro
02 Forward To Death
03 Winnebago Warrior
04 Police Truck
05 Buzzbomb From Pasadena
06 Let's Lynch The Landlord
07 Jock-O-Rama
08 Kill The Poor
09 mp3 Get Off The Web
10 Too Drunk To Fuck
11 Moon Over Marin
12 Band introductions
13 Nazi Punks Fuck Off
14 California Über Alles
15 Bleed for Me
16 Viva Las Vegas
17 Holiday in Cambodia
18 Chemical Warfare (inc. Sweet Home Alabama)

53 Degrees Preston 14th October 2006

Here's a gig from the first post-Paul UK tour following the release of Suite XVI. Thanks to MeAnIe for the great artwork!



01. 5 Minutes
02. (Get A) Grip (on Yourself)
03. Spectre Of Love
04. Nice 'N' Sleazy
05. Death & Night & Blood
06. Unbroken
07. Peaches
08. Always The Sun
09. Golden Brown
10. I Hate You
11. Lost Control
12. Summat Outanowt

01. Walk On By
02. Relentless
03. Threatened
04. Burning Up Time
05. All Day & All Of The Night
06. Thrown Away
07. Duchess
08. London Lady
09. Nuclear Device
10. Dagenham Dave
11. No More Heroes

Sunday, 21 June 2015

O2 Academy Glasgow 28th March 2015

End of tour high-jinx with The Rezillos
O2 Academy Glasgow 28th March 2015

Last night of the last tour, enough said. Thanks as ever to Chatts99 for the recording!

MP3 (as received):

01. Intro - Longships - The Raven
02. Straighten Out
03. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
04. I've Been Wild
05. Four Horsemen
06. Relentless
07. Baroque Bordello
08. Golden Brown
09. Always the Sun
10. 5 Minutes
11. Freedom Is Insane
12. Time to Die
13. Nice in Nice

01. Norfolk Coast
02. I Feel Like a Wog
03. Skin Deep
04. Dead Ringer
05. Time Was Once on My Side
06. Duchess
07. Lost Control
08. Curfew
09. Down in the Sewer
10. Peaches
11. Walk on By
12. Go Buddy Go
13. No More Heroes

Gary Numan QM Union Glasgow 6th December 2006 - Telekon Revisited

By 1980, Gary Numan released his third album, here deliberately passing by the first eponymous Tubeway Army (or Blue Album), which only came to the attention of the public when re-released on the back of the wider success enjoyed since Numan achieved massive chart prominence. This really was a 'difficult third album' in every sense. By the time the release of 'Telekon' Gary Numan was a major league star who had spent the many months of 1979 and 1980 on the road clocking up tours in Europe, America and Australia. The speed and extent of such rapid stardom was taking its toll on the 22 year old whose Asperger's syndrome was many years away from clinical diagnosis. The strains that he was under were in part communicated to his fanbase through the material that formed 'Telekon'. Titles such as 'Please Push No More', 'Remember I Was Vapour' and 'We Are Glass' revealed much of the stresses that this highly successful but rather fragile young man was under at the time.

'Telekon' saw the end of his black period and with the Wembley farewell shows the following April Numan stated his intention to retire from live performance and the lavish spectacle shows for which he had become known were no more. Musically, he took another turn, this time down an electro-jazz-funk avenue which provided further hits but he was never again to see the commercial success that the trio of albums released in 1979 and 1980 brought him.



01. This Wreckage
02. Remind Me To Smile
03. I Dream Of Wires
04. Telekon
05. The Aircrash Bureau
06. Photograph
07. Sleep By Windows
08. Please Push No More

09. Remember I Was Vapour
10. I'm An Agent
11. We Are Glass
12. The Joy Circuit
13. A Game Called Echo
14. I Die:You Die
15. Down In The Park
16. Are Friends Electric?

The 'Teletour' set 1980

Gary Numan The Junction Cambridge 1st December 2009 - 'The Pleasure Principle Revisited

Numan with Paul Gardiner backdrop
December 2009

Here Gary Numan faithfully reproduces his 1979 masterpiece, 'The Pleasure Principle'. Not as dark as its predecessor, the album took electronic music to a new height. There is not a duff track on the album, with precise instrumentation that perfectly complements the soaring keyboards that dominate the songs. Ever the purist, Numan made the decision to abandon guitar on this album, a decision that he has since stated was a mistake, but in my opinion the combination of bass, drums and keyboards makes for a complete sound. There is no need, or space for guitar on 'The Pleasure Principle'.



 01. Random
 02. Airlane
 03. Metal
 04. Complex
 05. Films
 06. M.E.
 07. Tracks
 08. Observer
 09. Conversation
 10. Cars
 11. Engineers
 12. Asylum

 01. The Fall
 02. Pure
 03. Down In The Park
 04. Haunted
 05. Halo
 06. Jagged
 07. Are 'Friends' Electric?
 08. Encore Break
 09. We Are So Fragile
 10. A Prayer For The Unborn

The Touring Principle set

Gary Numan Oxford Academy 13th March 2008 - Replicas Revisited

With the brilliant punk rock outfit Tubeway Army reinvented with new musicians and a completely new sound by virtue of a chance encounter with a hired synthesizer in Cambridge Studios, Gary Numan started to change the post punk musical landscape. Setting his earlier sci-fi tinged writings to music with 'Replicas' he took the listener into the dark and sinister, dystopian place within his imagination. This was a world occupied by thought police, AI prostitutes and rapists, somewhere between where Orwell's '1984' and Dick's 'Bladerunner' (a film adaptation of the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) meet.



01. Replicas
02. Me! I Disconnect From You
03. Do You Need The Service?
04. Praying To The Aliens
05. We Have A Technical
06. I Nearly Married A Human
07. Down In The Park
08. The Crazies

01. When The Machines Rock
02. Only A Downstat
03. The Machman
04. It Must Have Been Years
05. We Are So Fragile
06. You Are In My Vision
07. Are 'Friends' Electric?
08. Band Offstage
09. Cars
10. Everyday I Die
11. A Prayer For The Unborn

Rrussel Bell and Billy Currie soundcheck in Guildford
The Touring Principle 1979