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

Brighton Centre UK 4th March 1985

Generally my plan is to post gigs that have not often appeared on the web. This one has, but I make no excuses since this was my first live experience of The Stranglers. I have several versions of this recording, but this, the best, comes courtesy of Dom Pilgrim (cheers!).

The gig was 16 days prior to my 16th birthday. In recognition of what this evening meant to me, my parents presented me with my present early, a black biker jacket. Suitably attired and wearing roughly the same quantity of eyeliner that JJ has on Rattus, me and a mate took the short train journey from Burgess Hill to Brighton.

The Gods must have been looking down favourably upon us on this evening as once in the venue I was able to get a couple of pints (not always possible as I was so small!). The support was abysmal, puppets have never been my thing. But then Vladimir and the Beast came over the PA and we were up and running... Something Better Change, Nuclear Device, Toiler, Sleazy, this was the life! At one point someone threw a shoe at Burnel which was returned with some force. Intro to Peaches cocked up to much jeering, again provoking a response from the bass player. I felt that at this time, whilst ultimately very professional, the band had a much easier rapport with the audience than in the years that followed when they became a lot more polished and less engaged with the crowd.



  1. Something Better Change
  2. Nuclear Device
  3. Uptown
  4. Dead Ringer
  5. No Mercy
  6. Souls
  7. Nice"N"Sleazy
  8. Let Me Down Easy
  9. Midnight Summer Dream
  10. European Female
  11. Golden Brown

  1. Strange Little Girl
  2. Peaches
  3. Death And Night And Blood
  4. Threatened
  5. Punch And Judy
  6. Hanging Around
  7. I Feel Like A Wog
  8. Down In The Sewer
  9. Nubiles (Cocktail Version)
  10. Toiler On The Sea
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  1. Great site Adrian, well done and thanks for ALL of your passion and sharing across the various sites, you can bet if there's something Stranglers out there you'll have contributed somewhere........ so big thanks from all of us Stranglers fans, even the far flung ones like myself.
    Keep up the great work.

  2. Hi there
    any chance of a new link for this gig please?
    Thanks in advance (hopefully)

  3. Wait till you hear the new 24-bit remaster .. wees on this version from a great height!