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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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Livingston Forum Scotland 10th June 1989

As a relative late comer to the band, I saw them 17 times with Hugh at the helm. Of course, at the time I was of the opinion that every gig they played was nothing short of brilliant. Now though looking back it is clear that there were gigs where the four of them were going through the motions, turning in performances that were decidedly lacklustre. Their appearance at the Livingston Forum was certainly not one of those occasions. I have stated on various sites in the past that this was the best gig that I saw them play with Hugh. I recall heat and bodies littering the foyer outside the auditorium as people were becoming overcome by the heat in the place. I am also sure I recall the owner of the venue dispairing 'Wha' have yoos done to ma club!' as he surveyed the scene. The band too were conscious of the fact that this was a great night, Hugh declaring from the stage 'Now this is what I all a gig!'.

There is some more information on our travels around the country over this particular summer weekend that myself, Paul Cooklin and Graeme Mullan put together for Finchley Boy, Al Hillier's site. Take a look here if you're interested.

1. All Day And All Of The Night
2. Bring On The Nubiles
3. Uptown
4. Peaches
5. Someone Like You
6. Spain
7. Always The Sun
8. Nice N Sleazy
9. Where I Live
10. Ships That Pass In The Night
11. Shakin Like A Leaf
12. Toiler On The Sea
13. The Raven
14. Who Wants The World
15. Grip
16. Was It You?
17. Down In The Sewer
18. Golden Brown
19. Hanging Around
20. Nuclear Device

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