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.

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Saturday, 9 July 2011

Ipswich Gaumont 5th February 1982

There's not too many good examples from this period, the second leg of the La Folie tour. The best unofficial recording that I have is this one which was released as a bootleg in the early 80's as 'The Men They Love to Hate' LP. Good sound, but unfortunately not the full set. Those looking for the best quality recording from this tour should seek out the BBC archive album 'Live at the Hammersmith Odeon 1981'. The title is misleading as this album was recorded at the venue on 8th February 1982. The La Folie gig sets were great, featuring as they did several tracks from the massively underated album of the same title. As of 2011, 'Tramp' has reappeared in the set, but we continue to wait on other tracks to be revisited (please note, I am ignoring the omnipresent 'Golden Brown' here).


  1. Intro
  2. Down In The Sewer
  3. Just Like Nothing On Earth
  4. Second Coming
  5. Non-Stop
  6. The Man They Love To Hate
  7. Golden Brown
  8. How To Find True Love And Happiness In The Present Day
  9. Tank
  10. Let Me Introduce You To The Family
  11. Tramp
  12. The Raven
  13. Nuclear Device
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