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

Saturday, 21 January 2017

The Boys Théâtre Antique Vienne France 23rd July 2016

Here is the next recording from last summers French punk festival. The Boys....


01. Intro
02. TCP
03. See Ya Later
04. Terminal Love
05. Weekend
06. VSI
07. I'm a Believer
08. Cop Cars
09. You Can't Hurt a Memory
10. Punk Rock Girl
11. Livin' In The City
12. Soda Pressing
13. Tumble With Me
14. Contract Hustle
15. I Don't Care
16. Brickfield Nights
17. First Time
18. Sick On You

The Vibrators set will complete the contribution of the British punk bands on the bill. Many thanks to Lolive!

Masonic Temple Toronto 26th November 1980

Ok, this one I haven't posted before in any form. Previously, the version in my collection was a radio broadcast of 14 tracks. This version received this week (many thanks to the original uploader and the person who kindly passed it on to me!). This version is I believe the gig in full , running to 17 tracks.


01. Intro
02. Shah Shah A Go Go
03. Toiler On The Sea
04. I Feel Like A Wog
05. Duchess
06. Hanging Around
07. Baroque Bordello
08. Down In The Sewer
09. Who Wants The World?
10. Just Like Nothing On Earth
11. Threatened
12. Bring on the Nubiles
13. Tank
14. Nuclear Device
15. Genetix
16. Dead Loss Angeles
17. The Raven

One anomaly, I have always had this reported as taking place on 26th November. However, a quick cross reference contemporary listings would indicate that the Toronto gig took place on 25th, with the band on stage in Montreal on 26? Any ideas? Ava?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

We Transfer Subscriptions

(image by Steeplejackinblack)

Hi there all!

Today, I have renewed the subscription for one of the two We Transfer accounts that support the Aural Sculptors site. In order to ensure that the links to the files that are posted on the site remain live and accessible it is necessary to maintain two We Transfer accounts, meaning that the total running costs of the Aural Sculptors blog totals £210 per year.

We Transfer is not the cheapest file sharing service available, nor does it offer the greatest storage capacity (hence the practical need for two accounts), but it is a reliable platform that does meet the needs of the site. Having been bitten hard on the arse before in years gone by with disastrous reliance on both megaupload and Rapidshare, I am reluctant to move away from the current arrangements to a cheaper option.

Since the site was launched (the catharsis of the birth perhaps) in July 2011, the site has featured 900+ posts (most with associated music files) of which over 450 have been directly associated with The Stranglers, in keeping with the whole rationale of the site.

Those of us of a certain vintage will recall the day when bootlegs recordings were difficult to come by and a tape with a poorly photocopied pastel paper cover would set you back a fiver (the equivalent of 6 or so pints in the mid 80’s!). Now however, it is a doddle for people to obtain a good quality recording of a gig, perhaps the first one that they saw by a given band, I dunno. The point is that it is free, shared in good faith by fans for fans.

Aural Sculptors, with its 800,000+ hits to date is not a massive site but it has a reasonable presence in the hierarchy of Stranglers related websites and that is enough for me to keep it going.

Therefore, I would kindly point out that it is possible to make a small contribution towards the running costs of the site. A donation button is located on the right hand panel of the site. In return I will continue in my efforts to keep the site relevant and interesting to likeminded people such as the regular visitors to the site. Additionally, I will do my best to continue to accommodate requests for specific recordings and/or updates of dead links (as best as I can in the time available to me).

It just remains for me to say, again, a big thank to you for your continued support, to those who have donated, commented or shared with me something that you think will be of interest to others.

Best Wishes for 2017.