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 adrianandrews1@sky.com.


Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Damned Portsmouth Locano 20th March 1977


And here's one from when it all began. A nice sounding recording from March 1977. My eighth birthday in fact, although my thoughts would be more directed to a new birthday Action Man or something similar than to punk rock.

And they say the Ramones had the short songs and the speed!

FLAC: https://we.tl/v6i5uICudW

01. I Feel Alright
02. Born To Kill
03. Fan Club
04. Neat Neat Neat
05. Sick Of Being Sick
06. Stretcher Case
07. Help
08. New Rose
09. New Rose
10. Stab Yor Back
11. So Messed Up
12. Fish

The Damned Berkley California March 1982


Here's a short radio broadcast from The Damned's 1982 US tour as broadcast on KALX-KM

FLAC: https://we.tl/wG46oJQmTC

01. I Fall
02. Wait For The Blackout
03. Disco Man
04. I Just Can't Be Happy Today
05. Plan 9 Channel 7
06. Melody Lee
08. Noise Noise Noise
09. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
10. Limit Club
11. Love Song (cutoff)

Ruts DC - New Single Alert - PSYCHIC ATTACK

I interrupt this Damned thread for a short commercial break. The Damned's mates of old, Ruts DC, have a brand new single out called 'Psychic Attack'. For this one they have resorted to the other sound that they do so well, driving punk!

If you like the video, support the band and buy the single.


Order links:

CD (http://bit.ly/1UdIh4o)
7″ (http://bit.ly/1TYYuvs)
iTunes UK (http://apple.co/1SuOtH6)
Google Play (http://bit.ly/1WdK0Id)


The Damned 10th Anniversary Tea Party Finsbury Park London 26th July 1986


My first opportunity to see The Damned was at their 10th anniversary bash in North London. I missed out on seeing them on the Phantasmagoria tour, or 'Big Tour' as it was also known, if my memory still serves me I had my biology 'O' Level the morning after. No appearance from the then departed Captain at this one, he showed up and took the abuse the following day.

FLAC: https://we.tl/ykz8DYBSE8

01. Plan 9 Channel 7
02. Anything
03. Neat Neat Neat
04. Stranger On The Town
05. Is It A Dream?
06. The Girl Goes Down
07. Wait For The Blackout
08. Limit Club
09. I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
10. Restless

01. The Shadow Of Love
02. Eloise
03. Street Of Dreams
04. L.A. Woman
05. Smash It Up
06. Love Song
07. Dr Jeckyl And Mr Hyde
08. New Rose
09. Lust For Life

Friday, 27 May 2016

The Damned Royal Albert Hall 20th May 2016


OK folks, here's the big one. THE cerebration of all things Damned. I have been to so many gigs over 35 years, so it is really quite rare to feel the same sense of excitement and anticipation that came with this one. As I have already mentioned The Damned surpassed themselves on this night. Not bad for a throwaway cartoon (as they were labelled early on)!

Thanks to Chatts99 for the superb effort. I just don't know how he does it..... I had to go to the loo three times during the set!

FLAC: https://we.tl/1AZVF7rBeu

Artwork (box case format): https://we.tl/jiF6IT0Jg4

 HISTORY OF THE DAMNED PART 1

00. SPOKEN INTRO (NOT RECORDED)
01. NATURES DARK PASSION (OPENING NOT RECORDED)
02. DEMOCRACY
03. AMEN
04. THRILL KILL
05. ABSINTHE
06. ALONE AGAIN OR
07. SANCTUM SANCTORUM
08. STREET OF DREAMS
09. GRIMLY FIENDISH
10. SHADOW OF LOVE
11. ELOISE
12. STRANGER ON THE TOWN
13. UNDER THE FLOOR AGAIN
14. GENERALS
15. IGNITE

HISTORY OF THE DAMNED PART 2

01. ORGAN INTRO-LIFE GOES ON
02. DISCO MAN
03. LIMIT CLUB
04. WAIT FOR THE BLACKOUT
05. TWISTED NERVE
06. THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1
07. DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE
08. LOVE SONG-MACHINE GUN ETIQUETTE
09. I JUST CANT BE HAPPY TODAY
10. PLAN 9 CHANNEL 7
11. SMASH IT UP
12. FEEL THE PAIN
13. FAN CLUB
14. NEAT NEAT NEAT
15. SEE HER TONITE
16. 1 OF THE 2
17. NEW ROSE

HISTORY OF THE DAMNED PART 3.

01. CURTAIN CALL

Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Damned Bristol Bierkeller 29th April 2003


In 2003, their 'new' album, Grave Disorder' was about 18 months old (and a fine album it is too!). Mrs V, atricia Morrison was coming to the end of her eight year stint in the band.

Here they are one spring evening in the fair city of Brizzle.

FLAC: https://we.tl/0Sbr2xul6i

Artwork: https://we.tl/kl4rJ3DNEH

01. Intro
02. Disco Man
03. I Just Can’t Be Happy Today
04. See Her Tonite
05. Democracy?
06. Amen
07. 13th Floor Vendetta
08. Born To Kill
09. Thanks For The Night
10. Song.com
11. Street Of Dreams
12. Would You Be So Hot (If You Weren’t Dead?)
13. She

01. She
02. Neat Neat Neat
03. Captain Intro
04. The History Of The World
05. Eloise
06. New Rose
07. Love Song
08. Smash It Up
09. Looking At You

The Damned Manchester Apollo 21st November 2009


In 2009, The Damned were reunited with their mate of old, the late, great, Lemmy. Lemmy, like fellow hard rocker Phil Lynott, was one of the few metal musicians in London to embrace punk. Many of their ilk considered punk to be a bastardised form of heavy metal, played badly to boot. The union between the Damned and Lemmy was very close, with the latter filling in on bass duties in the transitional line-up, The Doomed. Motorhead and The Damned also came together briefly in the studio as Motordamn.

And so it was that The Damned took to the road with Motorhead on British dates (along with some European dates).

FLAC: https://we.tl/1Z1UmAs4Ze

01. New Rose
02. Street Of Dreams
03. Neat Neat Neat
04. Curtain Call
05. History Of The World Part 1
06. Under The Wheels
07. Looking At You
08. Eloise
09. Love Song
10. Smash It Up Parts 1 & 2