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

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Buzzcocks The Brook Southampton 28th January 2009

And here's the headliners with those two sublime pop punk albums, 'Another Music In A Different Kitchen' and 'Love Bites'.........



01. Fast Cars
02. No Reply
03. You Tear Me Up
04. Get On Our Own
05. Love Battery
06. Sixteen
07. I Don't Mind
08. Fiction Romance
09. Autonomy
10. I Need
11. Moving Away From The Pulsebeat
12. Real World
13. Ever Fallen In Love...?
14. Operators Manual
15. Nostalgia
16. Just Lust
17. Sixteen Again
18. Walking Distance
19. Love Is Lies
20. Nothing Left
21. E.S.P.
22. Late For The Train

01. Orgasm Addict
02. Whatever Happened To?
03. What Do I Get?
04. Oh Shit
05. Love You More
06. Noise Annoys
07. Promises
08. Lipstick
09. Harmony In My Head

The Lurkers The Brook Southampton 28th January 2009

Locating anniversary gigs in the collection for the month of January can be a tough task, it just isn't the best time to tour I suppose as would be punters nurse their wallets after the Christmas financial mugging!

Nevertheless I have managed to dig one out from six years ago. On this night Buzzcocks rolled into Southampton as part of a themed tour in which they ran through not only 'Another Music In A Different Kitchen' but 'Also Love Bites', two stand out albums of the punk era. On the tour they were ably assisted in support by The Lurkers, fronted by Stranglers stalwart Arturo Bassick.

I saw them the following night at The Junction in Cambridge and very enjoyable it was too.

So, here is that Lurkers set for you.


01. I'm On Heat (False Start)
02. I'm On Heat
03. I Don't Need To Tell Her
04. Then I Kicked Her
05. Ready & Loaded
06. Come & Reminisce
07. Pills
08. Too Late To Change
09. Miss World
10. One Day
11. Freak Show
12. New Guitar In Town
13. Go Ahead Punk Make My Day
14. Ain't Got A Clue
15. Shadow
16. Lil’ Ole Wine Drinker Me

Buzzcocks' set and associated artwork will follow.

These sets first appeared on Dime, but have long been removed, so I would like to extend my thanks to the original taper for these great recordings!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

From The Jam El Ray Theater Los Angeles 26th January 2008

And the main attraction........


Artwork (box of both the Hugh and From The Jam sets):

01. Intro
02. In The City
03. The Modern World
04. All Mod Cons
05. To Be Someone
06. It's Too Bad
07. Pretty Green
08. David Watts
09. In The Crowd
10. So Sad About Us
11. News Of The World
12. Little Boy Soldiers
13. Private Hell
14. Ghosts
15. Smithers-Jones

01. When Your're Young
02. Start
03. 'A' Bomb On Wardour Street
04. Strange Town
05. Eton Rifles
06. Going Underground
07. Crowd
08. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
09. Band introductions
10. The Gift
11. A Town Called Malice
12. Crowd

Hugh Cornwell El Ray Theater Los Angeles 26th January 2008

Bruce: 'Hey Hugh whatcha' doin' in 2008?'

The associations between The Stranglers and The Jam are not particularly well known but they go back and awful long way. The first shared gig I'm aware of took place at Brunel University on 27th May 1976! On paper, the two bands had very little in common, The Stranglers sound doffed its cap to the '60's psychedelia typified by bands like The Doors whereas The Jam were unashamedly driven by their love of the amphetamine fuelled R&B of '60's mod culture (Small Faces, The Who et al.).

They were however united in their outsider status within the London-centric punk scene of 1977, despite the fact that the two bands were vanguards in the public's eye (if not the Pistols and The Clash blinded music weeklies) of that very same scene.

It did not help that Paul Weller had verbally challenged the overtly political Clash with his proclamation that The Jam would vote Tory. JJ Burnel escalated the intense band rivalry by twating Paul Simenon outside Dingwalls after The Stranglers had played with The Ramones up the road at the Roundhouse.

These were a couple of the reasons why the movers and shakers within the music press took against the two bands. Nevertheless, both bands went on to great success in the UK and in The Jam's case at least, music hacks were forced to eat their words as Paul Weller subsequently emerged as one of the finest song writers in the country and a genuine voice of a generation.

Leap onto the time machine to this day (almost!) in 2008 and Hugh was sharing a stage one again with two thirds of The Jam, under the name 'From The Jam' that reunited Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton'.

The From The Jam set will be posted next.

01. (Get a) Grip (on Yourself)
02. Leave Me Alone
03. Nice 'n' Sleazy
04. First Bus to Babylon
05. Peaches
06. Picked up by the Wind
07. Hanging Around
08. Hot Cat on a Tin Roof
09. Bearcage
10. Delightful Nightmare
11. Always the Sun
12. Nerves of Steel
13. Down in the Sewer
14. No More Heroes

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Siouxsie And The Banshees Le Zenith Paris 28th October 1991

Here's a pretty late stage Banshees recording from the European leg of the 'Superstition' tour. From the Le Zenith venue in Paris this was broadcast on the radio, hence the annoying voice overs between tracks. Why on earth continental radio DJs consistently feel the need to gob off between songs is beyond me. Just give us the music uninterrupted for God's sake!

If you can get beyond the running commentary the sound quality is excellent.



01 The Last Beat Of My Heart
02 Dazzle
02 Cry
03 The Killing Jar
04 Melt
05 Kiss Them For Me
06 Peek A Boo
07 Painted Bird
08 Fear (Of The Unknown)
09 El Dia De Los Muertos

The Damned Utopia Studio Demos 1979

Here's a short but seet demo collection from that well loved bunch of miscreants The Damned. Recorded at Utopia Studios (which was sited in London's Primrose Hill I  believe) at around the time of Machine Gun Etiquette, this is a rare foray into the world of dub by a pank not known for their reggae sensibilities!

This first appeared on the Noise Addition blog site in 2010, but the link fell to megaupload!

MP3 (as received):

01. Creatures (Plan 9 Channel 7 Dub)
02. Suicide Dub
03. Noise Noise NoiseDub
04. Love Song
05. Suicide
06. Noise Noise Noise

Came Down On A Monday, Somewhere In The Midlands NEW LINK Leicester University 23rd January 1982

..... Actually it was a Saturday, 33 years ago. A reactivated link can be found here!