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, 17 September 2017

The Alhambra Dunfermline 10th March 2017

So with the announcement of the 2018 which sees a the band playing three dates again in Scotland, here is a reminder of the last tour when they played the wonderful Alhambra in Dunfermline. Uploaded here in 24/48 bit FLAC format and high quality 320 kbps MP3 format. My thanks as always goes to Chatts and MeAnIe!!




01. Intro-The Raven
02. Was It You
03. Sometimes
04. Grip
05. 15 Steps
06. Nice-N-Sleazy
07. Never To Look Back
08. Midnight Summer Dream
09. Always The Sun
10. Strange Little Girl
11. Golden Brown
12. Bear Cage
13. Who Wants The World
14. Dagenham Dave
1.5 Freedom Is Insane
16. Peaches
17. Genetix
18. Hanging Around
19. 5 Minutes
20. Down In The Sewer
21. Encore-Relentless
22. Something Better Change
23. Encore-Go Buddy Go

24. No More Heroes

2018 Tour Dates Are In

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

What's my na-aa-aa-aa-me!

The Clash
15cm x 20cm linoprints 
Black ink on cream.





Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Playhouse Theatre Edinburgh 24th February 1981

A classic and much loved bootleg from 'The Men in Black' tour.


Top Secret Volume 18 July 1989

Here is the latest installment of the wonderful 'Top Secret', here.

Buzzcocks Reading Festival 25th August 1990

Here is an early festival set from the recently reformed Buzzcocks, that at this point featured ex-Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, John Maher having returned to the States after the reunion tour of the previous year.


01. What Do I Get?
02. I Don't Mind
03. Love You More
04. Promises
05. Can You Hear Me?
06. Never Gonna Give It Up
07. Autonomy
08. Nothing Left
09. Successful Street
10. Everybody's Happy Nowadays
11. Harmony In My Head
12. Ever Fallen In Love…?
13. I Believe
14. Orgasm Addict
15. Mad Mad Judy
16. Boredom

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Boring Annual Subscription Appeal

Hi Folks,

Sorry to bore you again with more of the same. I have just received notification that the first of the two We Transfer accounts that I currently maintain for this site is up for annual renewal. I won't repeat what I have said before since this can be seen on one of the permanent posts that can be found on the right hand side of the site.

I appreciate that in 2017 I have not been as prolific with my posts as in the previous six years. This has chiefly been down to the fact that a large proportion of my limited free time has this year been taken up with activities associated with the publication of my book on my Grandfather's wartime service. This became an absolute priority for me, not least because I was determined that the veterans that had so generously helped me with their invaluable memories that progressed my research had the opportunity to read the book. In this I  am not being morbid, just practical.

I still really enjoy maintaining this site and giving my own insights into The Stranglers, punk and anything else that floats my boat. I note that the majority of the blog sites that were up and running when I started Aural Sculptors in 2011 have fallen by the wayside. It is not my intention to do so for a while yet..... but it has costs associated with it. Over the years the same people have contributed and to them I am always grateful. To others, if you have ever downloaded anything from the site please consider contributing a pound or two.

All the best!