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 16 July 2011

Wembley Arena 3rd November 1986

The Dreamtour, promoting this year's new studio album Dreamtime. I did not go to this gig on principle, it being at the cavenous, and to my mind, souless aircraft hanger that is Wembley Arena. My loss I suppose as the gig was a good one. On this night I also missed the additional support of one Gerry Arkwright, a self confessed northern industrial gay (Mr Arkwright was in fact Keith Allen). This was a bit of a Stranglers masterstroke in that I think Allen achieved exactly what the band wanted him to do, that is to wind up the predominantly male, footie, birds and booze audience (or at least a proportion of the audience) to the point of near violence. All good stuff!!

The Dreamtour saw the band playing the sublime 'La Folie'..... please bring it back into the set Mr Burnel.

This is a nice sounding recording that represents the Dreamtour very well I think.



1. No More Heroes
2. Was It You?
3. Down In The Sewer
4. Nice In Nice
5. Punch & Judy
6. Souls
7. Always The Sun
8. La Folie
9. Strange Little Girl
10. Golden Brown
11. Nice N Sleazy
12. Who Wants The World?

1. Big In America
2. Bring On The Nubiles
3. Shakin Like A Leaf
4. Uptown
5. Tank
6. Toiler On The Sea
7. Spain
8. Peaches
9. Duchess
10. London Lady

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  1. I was there. Fantastic gig and my first also. Gerry Arkwright was eye watering, the support Xmal Deutschland were quite good and Wembley tube station was mayhem just like Hugh said it would be before the encore. Great memories were made that night.