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.


Monday, 15 July 2019

Cheese and Grain Frome 14th July 2007


Here's a summer gig from cider soaked Somerset. The Stranglers at the Cheese and Grain in Frome. As I recall this was the occasion when Mully's accent triggered a bomb scare in the town. He was only asking for a pint and the barmaid took it to be a coded warning!


FLAC: https://we.tl/t-NCBG3KrRk6

Artwork: https://we.tl/t-t8jvWv259z

01. Intro/Toiler On The Sea
02. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
03. Spectre Of Love
04. Nice 'N' Sleazy
05. Strange Little Girl
06. Unbroken
07. Peaches
08. Always The Sun
09. Golden Brown
10. I Hate You
11. Lost Control

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

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Ulster Hall Belfast 28th February 2019


The good news is that the appeal for 'Back On The Tracks' 2019 gigs has produced results! Sincere thanks to the taper for passing on gigs for the the site! First up is a great sounding recording from Belfast's iconic Ulster Hall..... Dublin will be next up. Enjoy!

FLAC: https://we.tl/t-HkzRJdgPwe

Artwork: https://we.tl/t-013fGu3ZtT

01. Bitching
02. Ive Been Wild
03. Get A Grip On Yourself
04. Baroque Bordello
05. Bring On The Nubiles
06. Uptown
07. Peaches
08. Man On the Moon
09. Duchess
10. Unbroken
11. Princess Of The Street
12. Skin Deep
13. Always The Sun
14. Golden Brown
15. Ice Queen
16. This Song Will Get Me Over You
17. Relentless
18. Death And Night And Blood
19. Water
20. Goodbye Toulouse
21. Hey Rise Of The Robots
22. Hanging Around
23. No More Heroes
24  Walk On By
25  Outro

Saturday, 6 July 2019

The Apollo Glasgow 28th May 1978


Find of the year! Very, very occasionally something special crops up.... a missing link in the audio history of our chosen band.... and this is just one such occasion. My mate Dom P brought this to my attention this evening. Not much ever emerged from the band's gigs in 1978, arguably their most punk years (in sound and belligerence in attitude to all you stood in their way or posed a perceived threat to the band). Couple that with the release of an album that many consider to be their finest and statement on vinyl. We now have the finest document of the initial 'Black & White' tour!

With sincere thanks to DomP and the guys at Rescued Recordings from the Glasgow Apollo!


FLAC: https://we.tl/t-GIuZBkgcgf

Artwork: https://we.tl/t-gxgDJ02meH

01. Something Better Change
02. Down In The Sewer
03. Peasant In The Big Shitty
04. Princess Of The Streets
05. Dead Ringer
06. Hanging Around
07. Sometimes
08. Ugly
09. I Feel Like A Wog
10. London Lady
11. Go Buddy Go
12. Curfew
13. Tank
14. Outside Tokyo
15. Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
16. Threatened
17. Do You Wanna?
18. Death And Night And Blood
19. Sweden
20. Toiler On The Sea
21. 5 Minutes
22. No More Heroes

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Brighton Dome 26th March 2019


Always a pleasure to return to the stables, I mean Brighton's fantastic Dome for The Stranglers. Here is the fist gig from the 'Back on the Tracks' tour to raise its head above the parapet. You may have to crank the volume up a little, but it is worth it. I mean when was the last time you can remember the band playing three brand new songs that had not yet seen a release! Many thanks to the sharer!

FLAC: https://we.tl/t-nxhLvWJfwO

01. Tank
02. I’ve Been Wild
03. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
04. Baroque Bordello
05. Bring On The Nubile
06. Uptown/Relentless
07. Peaches
08. Time To Die
09. Last Man On The Moon
10. Duchess
11. Unbroken
12. Payday
13. Princess Of The Streets
14. Ice Queen
15. Golden Brown
16. Always The Sun
17. The Raven
18. This Song Will Get Me Over You
19. Something Better Change
20. 5 Minutes
21. Hey! (The Rise Of The Robots)
22. Down In The Sewer
23. Hanging Around
24. No More Heroes

Gull and Penguin Falklands 19th March 1999


Thanks to Dom P for this rarity!

In March 1999 The Stranglers flew straight with perfection back to the Falkland Islands to play for a second  time to play for the troops garrisoned on the Islands. Well if it's a choice between The Stranglers and Jim Davidson......

Great sounding recording of an out of the ordinary gig.

Cheers!

P.S. The artwork features images of the band on the Falkland in 1997.

FLAC: https://we.tl/t-S7Q4B15smT

Artwork: https://we.tl/t-nLDlJpA0H8

01. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
02. Skin Deep
03. Money
04. Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
05. Thrown Away
06. Strange Little Girl
07. Toiler On The Sea
08. Always The Sun
09. Valley Of The Birds
10. 96 Tears
11. Coup De Grace
12. All Day And All Of The Night
13. Duchess
14. Tank
15. Golden Brown
16. Something Better Change
17. Hanging Around
18. No More Heroes
19. In The End (Forces Network Radio)

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Violence in Sweden - Sounds Report 1st October 1977

News of the bands run in with Sweden's Raggare in the Autumn of '77. One Swedish gig was played then the remainder cancelled. The band return to the UK and embarked on the 'No More Heroes' tour a few days later.


Back on the Tracks Gigs


I have had quite a few emails over the recent weeks enquiring as to whether I intend to put up any gigs from the recent tour. Well, the simple truth is that I don't at present have any. I am not a taper myself (these days I wouldn't have sufficient bladder control to stay motionless for 90 minutes anyway!) and have relied to others within the Stranglers bootleg collecting community who have been very generous over the years that this site has existed (8 years now) and allowed me to share their recordings. Strangely nothing has appeared on Dime either and with such a full gig diary this year I find that very surprising. It's a shame since the Back on the Tracks set was interesting not least down to the appearance of several new songs.