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, 6 February 2016

RESTORED LINK: The Fulham Transworld Sessions 1974/75 – The Start of Something Special

By request I have re-uploaded the Fulham Transworld Sessions from the '74-'75 period.

The restored link can be found here.

Manchester Apollo 6th February 1983

An anniversary gig from the Feline tour from the Manchester Apollo.


Artwork: included in the download folder

01. Nuclear Device
02. Toiler On The Sea
03. Ships That Pass In The Night
04. It's A Small World
05. Just Like Nothing on Earth
06. No More Heroes
07. Who Wants The World?
08. Never Say Goodbye
09. Baroque Bordello
10. Golden Brown

01. Princess Of The Street
02. Midnight Summer Dream
03. European Female
04. Tuning
05. Tramp
06. The Raven
07. Duchess
08. London Lady
09. Bring on The Nubiles (cocktail version)
10. Down In The Sewer

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Recollections of The Stranglers From The Early '77 Period

The Stranglers return to Manchester
Electric Circus June 1977

I have been meaning to post this for months! To get feedback on the site generally is something of a rarity (not a moan really as I know that the steps involved in responding to posts on this platform can be a real disincentive), to get feedback by letter is rarer still! Nevertheless, back in June of last year, I received just such a letter from long time fan, Duncan Round, in response to my posting  the Glasgow gig at Queen Margaret's University in February 1977.

Thanks Duncan, I love the opportunity to post band related experiences of fans so that others can get an insight of what it meant/means to be a fan of The Stranglers over 40+ years.


Listening to Queen Margaret Union 12 February 1977.

I’m very aware of your Aural Sculptors site and the brilliant job you have been doing for yonks. Keep it up – be proud.

For some reason I chose to have a look at AS today and discovered that you had recently posted this gig. Well I have never heard this before and I wondered whether I ever would. It’s a brilliant live document. The quality is perfect considering how it would have bee originally taped and for how long ago it was. Not sure whether Mr P has been anywhere near this to clean it up.

I first saw the MiBs about 3 weeks later in Manchester as a 17 year old. Grip had just been released and the band were starting to gain a sizable following. Didn’t have any money as I was still at school and where I lived was about 35 miles away from Manchester. It was a big thing for us to go and see a group, let alone in the big city, let alone an edgy band like The Stranglers. The times were that Parents didn’t let you do stuff like that, not like footie which was in the mainstream. Today’s youngsters just don’t understand how relatively easier it is to do things in a more liberal society. For me though it changed my life and outlook at the same time on what I could do. The barriers were coming down.

The Glasgow Uni gig takes me back in time to that early 77 period. I can remember seeing and listening to the band. There is the Middlesbrough Rock Garden gig from a few weeks later and of course the Roundhouse one from April as Rattus came out which are good in different ways especially the Roundhouse, as it documents the rise and rise, even a first outing for NMH. The Paris Theatre recording was really exciting as the band had a national platform to shine from, but it was all too short & managed, not a real gig. Can you imagine though how good it felt though to turn on the trannie and hear the band strutting their stuff – mint. But this listening of Queen Margaret’s Union nails it for me as to how it was, raw and in your face.

It is a rougher but clearer recording of how it was. Let’s remember seeing the band at the time was no hi fidelity experience. It’s not just the tracks that were played but it’s the in between banter of Hugh and how Dave fills in. The end of Grip into Sometimes demonstrates that and in fact a sound to be heard for many years. Is there the end of Wog before Grip?

Those times were special in my life and thanks for taking me back there. Not that later on wasn’t  good because it was an ever running story with many a twist and turn and of course all roads lead to today.

Appreciated young man.


Emerald City Cherry Hill NJ 11th April 1981 - Two Versions

Here are two recordings of the same show in New Jersey. Recorded on the US 'Meninblack' tour, both of these versions appear to be radio broadcasts, both are of very good quality, although the first posted here is an upgrade (appeared this week on Dime - thanks to the original uploader), but is shorter than the second posted version. However, this 'new' version includes 'Baroque Bordello' which although incomplete, is missing from the other versions of this gig.


Version 1


01. Just Like Nothing On Earth
02. Thrown Away
03. Who Wants The World?
04. Baroque Bordello
05. Second Coming
06. Meninblack
07. Sha Sha A Go Go
08. Hallow To Our Men
09. Tank
10. Nuclear Device
11. Genetix

Version 2


01. Intro
02. Threatened
03. The Raven
04. Toiler On The Sea
05. Just Like Nothing On Earth/Thrown Away
06. Who Wants The World?
07. Second Coming
08. Meninblack
09. Shah Shah A Go Go
10. Hallow To Our Men
11. Tank
12. Nuclear Device
13. Genetix

Mainichi Hall Osaka 14th February 1979

This last punk roar from The Stranglers is met by that bizarre reception that stunned so many Western bands who traveled to Japan, polite ripples of applause. What a sharp contrast to the concert halls of Britain at that time, Victorian amusement centres reduced to battle grounds as the tribes of the late '70's fought for supremacy.

This is pretty much a dream set from a band who by the end of the year sounded considerably different, softer and more measured in their music.



01. Hanging Around
02. Burning Up Time
03. Straighten Out
04. Dead Ringer
05. Bring On The Nubiles
06. Dagenham Dave
07. No More Heroes
08. Outside Tokyo
09. Curfew
10. Tank
11. Threatened
12. Nice 'N' Sleazy
13. Do You Wanna?
14. Death And Night And Blood (Yukio)
15. London Lady
16. Down In The Sewer
17. 5 Minutes
18. Dead Loss Angeles
19. Toiler On The Sea

Flyer for the Osaka gig

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Wetransfer Accounts Renewed for 2016!

I am happy to inform you all that both of the active Wetransfer accounts that support uploads to the Aural Sculptors site have now been renewed such that the available upload capacity will take us into early 2017.

Many thanks to those who have generously contributed towards these annual subscription fees and to all who continue to engage with the site.

All the best!


999 Bones Club Reading 18th October 1978

And now for another support related post. 999's relationship with the band goes way back. In fact it could be said that Nick Cash's knowledge of the band goes back even further to a time when the boot was on the other foot and The Stranglers supported the band that Nick, then known as Keith Lucas, was in as Ian Dury's guitarist in the Kilburns.

999 provided tour support on the European leg of the Black & White tour in the summer of '78. 999 are captured with the band on the tour bus in the 'New Wave in Vienna' footage, which also features Nick larking about at the airport.

Nick Cash entertains unsuspecting travellers

Through this door lies trouble!
Nick Cash in negotiation with Airport Police (June 1978)

The band also supported The Stranglers as part of a very eclectic (read that as 50% crap) line up at an open air gig at Fontwell Racecourse in 1993. Out of this gig came an interview with 999 for the pages of Strangled (at the suggestion of JJ). This interview took place a couple of weeks later in a room above The Swan pub in Fulham (where the band were playing that night). In the course of the discussion, the band talked of that particular tour, Vienna and also the riot gig that occurred at the Cascais Sports Stadium in Portugal.

I have the full transcript somewhere which I will look to post in the not too distant future.

This particular recording was made 3 months after that tour.



01. Chicane Destination
02. Don't Deny
03. Titanic Reaction
04. Nasty Nasty
05. My Street Stinks
06. Emergency
07. Nobody Knows
08. Nasty Nasty
09. I'm Alive