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

Monday 11 July 2011

Aural Fantasy (Aural Sculpture/Dreamtime Demos)

To make up for the uploading limitations of 1984, here's a bootleg collection of demo recordings that later went on to appear on the Aural Sclupture, Dreamtime albums and associated B-sides (well most of them did).

As a fan, this period was very important for me as although I had bought most of the singles from Golden Brown onwards, by the time that Skin Deep appeared and then Aural Sculpture I was in the 5th form and I had become very analytical about music (in a way that only 15/16 year old boys can be). To this end I remember vividly pouring over the lyrics to Aural Sculpture on the back seat of of the school bus for weeks. I mean, Christ how much meaning can you put into Mad Hatter.... but in my defence I was hormonal!!

Looking back on this time now, it is clear to me that whilst it had it's moments AS was rather flawed in some respects (and sorry to say it with AS along came the brass, which never did it for me). I really do believe that some of the material that was relegated to B-sides was stronger than some of the tracks that made the album cut (Here & There, Head on the Line).

See what you think of this then.


  1. Skin Deep
  2. Punch & Judy
  3. Head On The Line
  4. In One Door
  5. Hitman
  6. Shakin’ Like A Leaf
  7. La Bete
  8. Mayan Skies
  9. Nice In Nice
  10. Always The Sun
  11. Ghost Train
  12. You
Full artwork here:


  1. Thanks so much for your work, Musky!
    Too bad these links are obsolete as this seemed to bring interesting versions!

  2. Hi, I wil reactivate the link.

    1. Hi Musky, can't wait to listen to this! Thank you so much!

    2. So glad to have this! That's fantastic! Many THANKS Sir!

  3. Many thanks for the new link, great blog!