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

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Buzzcocks The Last Night At The Electric Circus Manchester 2nd October 1977

Here's one from the archives of Dave Sez. In the autumn of 1977, The Electric Circus in Manchester closed it's doors. The venue, which as well as boasting the vilest wallpaper ever produced, played host to all of the major British punk bands of '76/'77 (and some American ones as well).

The final two gigs on 1st and 2nd October 1977 were recorded and a cuts from the bands that played over the two nights were released on a 10" album that went by the name of 'Short Circuit'. The album documents nicely the Manchester punk scene, featuring as it does, Buzzcocks, The Fall, The Drones, the mighty John Copper Clarke and a nascent Joy Division. Of the Buzzcocks set, 'Times Up' was featured. Here now is the full set from the closing night (2nd).

Thanks also to the original uploader.



01. Fast Cars
02. Fiction Romance
03. Boredom
04. Sixteen
05. You Tear Me Up
06. Orgasm Addict
07. Moving Away From The Pulsebeat
08. Love Battery
09. Time's Up

Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltry BBC Radio 2 30th June 2014

Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltry
Royal Albert Hall, London
26th March 2014

Here is a little gem of a recording from a recent Radio 2 show hosted by Paul Jones, featuring tracks from a Wilko solo set, followed by a set from the Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall, when Wilko shared the stage with Roger Daltry.


Shepherds Bush Empire
25th February 2014

01. Paul Jones Intro
02. All Right
03. Barbed Wire Blues
04. The More I Give
05. Dr. Dupree
06. When I'm Gone
07. Roxette

08. Roger Daltrey Interview

Royal Albert Hall
26th March 2014

09. Going Back Home
10. I Keep It To Myself
11. Keep On Loving You
12. Sneakin' Suspicion
13. All Through The City

Destination Borneo

Rudi Andrews
24th July 2014

It seems like an age in the planning, but finally the day arrived when our intrepid 'little' explorer headed off to Borneo for a month. His mum almost made it back to the car before losing it!

Just to say once more a very big thank you to all those people who generously contributed to his cause!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Jam Palais D'Hiver Lyon 30th April 1982

Here's a late career gig from Lyon in 1982. To my ears it showcases the wide stylistic diversity that The Jam squeezed into their five years as a prominent act.

I will dig something out from the 'Setting Sons' period over the weekend, but The Jam in any period stand up well!



01. The Eton Rifles
02. Running On The Spot
03. The Great Depression
04. Happy Together
05. Pretty Green
06. Just Who Is The Five O'clock Hero
07. Ghosts
08. In The Crowd
09. A Town Called Malice
10. The Dreams Of Children
11. That's Entertainment
12. Tales From The Riverbank
13. Precious
14. Move On Up
15. David Watts
16. Boy About Town
17. Private Hell
18. Trans Global Express
19. Circus
20. Pity Poor Alfie/Fever
21. Funeral Pyre
22. The Butterfly Collector

23. The Gift

Setting Sons 35th Anniversary Dates (From The Jam)

Mmmmm, picked this flyer up a while back and I am undecided about whether to take the trip to Cambridge or not. The decision would be much easier if Rick were still in the ranks, but with just Bruce I don't know.

Last week, whilst on our St Albans and Reading travels, Owen and I ran through this album a couple of times. We both are in agreement that it is incredible, a brilliantly crafted album from a band at the peak of their creativity.

Now in a Jam mood, a later boot from the band will be posted shortly.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

O2 Academy Birmingham 22nd March 2014

Here's a great recording from Birmingham, courtesy of Wegga (cheers). I think that this is a really fantastic document of a very successful tour for the band.



01 Intro
02 London Lady
03 No More Heroes
04 Coup de Grace
05 Was It You?
06 Threatened
07 Summat Outanowt
08 Peasant In The Big Shitty
09 Still Life
10 Peaches
11 Midnight Summer Dream
12 Golden Brown
13 Always The Sun
14 Genetix
15 Thrown Away
16 Never To Look Back
17 Nuclear Device (The Wizard of Aus)
18 Skin Deep
19 Time To Die
20 Lowlands
21 Valley Of The Birds
22 Nice 'N' Sleazy
23 Walk On By
24 Freedom Is Insane 
25 Duchess
26 5 Minutes
27 Hanging Around
28 Norfolk Coast
29 All Day and All of the Night
30 Something Better Change
31 Tank