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, 1 May 2016

The Damned Bristol Locano 17th June 1979

With a apologies to The Stranglers, here's a somewhat better gig from Bristol. With the Stooges on speed sound left behind them by the summer of 1979 The Damned were back with one of the finest punk alum's ever recorded, 'Machine Gun Etiquette'. This tour also saw them teamed up with The Ruts - not a bad paring for £1.75 in my eyes!

Thanks to Scott for this one.

MP3 (as received):

01. Intro
02. Jet Boy Jet Girl
03. Teenage Dream
04. Stretcher Case
05. Ballroom Blitz
06. Second Time Around
07. 'Abuse'
08. Burglar
09. Born To Kill
10. 'Rat Abuse'
11. Looking At You
12. Melody Lee
13. I Hate The Clash
14. New Rose
15. Suicide
16. 'Tuning'
17. Noise Noise Noise

The Academy Bristol 20th November 2002

Here's a gig in MP3 format from the 2002 UK tour.

MP3 (as received):

01. Goodbye Toulouse
02. Was It You?
03. Peaches
04. I’ve Been Wild
05. Skin Deep
06. Never To Look Back
07. Mine All Mine
08. Golden Brown
09. Walk On By
10. Tucker’s Grave
11. Dead Loss Angeles
12. Death & Night & Blood
13. Something Better Change
14. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
15. Coup De Grace
16. Nuclear Device
17. Curfew
18. Duchess
19. Tank
20. Always The Sun
21. 5 Minutes
22. No More Heroes

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Cambridge Corn Exchange 23rd March 2016

And here's another one from the 'Black & White' tour. It's Sod's Law, normally I do Cambridge as it is a local gig for me but this one I missed. I missed the one that audience and band alike claimed was one of the, if not the gig of the tour. Ah, shite! as Baz would put it. Thankfully Chatts captured the set (and it is of great quality! Note that the start of 'Tank' is missing due to a technical glitch). Once again MeAnIe has turned his hand to some fine accompanying artwork. Cheers folks!


The Rezillos 100 Club London 30th March 2016

Jo Callis and Fay Fife
100 Club on 30th March 2006

As London gets into the swing of the 40th anniversary celebrations of punk rock, here's something from the 30th anniversary when 2015 tour support, The Rezillos, played a set for BBC 6 Music at Oxford Street's legendary 100 Club, a venue having its own key place in the punk story. Thanks to Scott for this one.

'Destination Venus'
100 Club on 30th March 2006

Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife
100 Club on 30th March 2006

MP3 (as received):

01. (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures
02. Flying Saucer Attack
03. Top Of The Pops
04. Cold Wars
05. Love No More
06. 25 Miles
07. No. 1 Boy
08. Mystery Action
09. Yesterday's Tormentor
10. Can't Stand My Baby
11. Destination Venus

The Maniqui Falkirk 13th February 1977 - Artwork Added

Artwork added to this early gig that can be found here. Thanks to MeAnIe!

The Spizzles The Paris Theatre London 4th March 1981

Here's a short radio broadcast from The Spizzles in 1981. Spizz in the incarnation of Spizz Oil supported the band on 16th September 1978 at the infamous Battersea Park gig.

Of that performance, NME had this to say:

'A couple of loons called Spizz Oil followed, and played a few numbers so disastrous that, had they sacrificed the novelty of their one guitar/one vocal line-up for an entire band, their plastic crash helmets might well have been indispensable.

‘Better than Sonny and Cher any day’, claimed DJ Pete Drummond. That much I’ll go along with'.

Spizz is still performing, once again under the name of Spizzenergi.


01. Downtown
02. Brain Washing Time
03. Scared
04. Five Year Mission
05. Dangers Of Living
06. When I Get Home From Work
07. Clocks Are Big Machines Are Heavy
08. Where's Captain Kirk?
09. Soldier Soldier