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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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The Nashville Rooms London 10th October 1976

Here is the first gig post. Whilst undoubtedly the band’s heaviest gigging year, 1976 is not well represented recording-wise. The best recording that has surfaced to date is the set from the Patti Smith support slot at the Hammersmith Odeon on 23rd October (i.e. two weeks after this Nashville gig). Early recordings were made by UA for a possible live debut album, following on from the success of Dr Feelgood’s ‘Stupidity’ album that went to No. 1 that year, but these have yet to see a release... God knows what E.M.I. are waiting for!




  1. Grip
  2. Sometimes
  3. Bitching
  4. Peasant In The Big Shitty
  5. Hanging Around
  6. Peaches
  7. Ugly
  8. London Lady
  9. Down In The Sewer
  10. Walk On By
  11. Go Buddy Go


  1. Hi thanks for sharing these :)
    The early shows bring back many happy memories of when I was 17 in Cardiff, I saw the band twice in 1976 and 1977, probably in the Top Rank. The first gig was before Peaches hit the charts and the band were supporting someone, maybe "The Damned"? The second gig was well after Peaches and was full to capacity and awesome.
    I remember playing Ugly at full blast in my sixth form common room one lunchtime - LOL.
    Anyway, keep up the good work, I'd be interested to hear more early stuff if you get it,

  2. Thanks Dai, great feedback. You'll be pleased to know that there is certainly more early material to put up.

  3. I Had bunked off school to make my way to the this gig and needless to say I got there ridiculously early. So I hung around in the Nashville before the band even arrived. When they finally did arrive to set up there gear Jean Jacques Brunel took exception to my presence and decided to pin me up against the bar. Luckily Hugh and the others dissuaded him from following through with his violent threats and I was allowed to remain until gig time. Sorry but I never became a Stranglers fan but was happy to check anyone out. The following week I saw AC/DC's first ever English gig. Again the entry fee was: free.Zero. Zilch.Happy days

  4. No chance of re-upping this one is there? I'd love to hear it as I've been having a but of an old school stranglers run recently.