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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Monday 29 August 2011

The Nashville Rooms West Kensington London 3rd September 1978 (Secret pub gig played as 'The Old Codgers')

Hugh, Dave and Fee Waybill (The Tubes)
Straighten Out
Nashville Rooms 3rd September 1978

Sorry folks, another deviation from the master plan. Still no apologies for this one. And here's something that I won't be doing very often i.e. uploading a recording that I know to be available elsewhere (but I do have the original uploaders blessing to do so).

Recently, an excellent historical piece appeared on the official site documenting recollections of a handful of 'secret' London pub gigs in the spring and autumn of 1978. These shows were necessarily played under pseudonyms as a blanket GLC inforced ban on the band prevented them playing under their own name in the capital. If you haven't checked out the article yet..... why not! It's here.

On the back of the article here's a cleaned up version of the only known recording from this period (many thanks to Dom Pilgrim for his work on this one). The show was notable for the inclusion of material from Black & White and an extremely rare outing for Sverige (Sweden sung in Swedish).

I may be wrong, but this brief return to pub gigs was the last the band were to make with Hugh with the exception of the 1983 gig at The Verulam Arms in Watford.


1. Grip
2. I Feel Like a Wog
3. Go Buddy Go
4. Sverige
5. Ugly
6. Princess of the Streets
7. Peaches
8. Nice 'n' Sleazy
9. Plug for Battersea Park Support
10. Do You Wanna?/Death & Night & Blood
11. Something Better Change
12. Bitching (Aborted)
13. Straighten Out
14. Bitching
15. Down in the Sewer
16. 5 Minutes

Full artwork here:

Also in connection with the pub gigs article, I found another couple of pictures from the Duke of Lancaster pub gig of 14th February 1978.

Hugh and a Fan
Duke of Lancaster, New Barnet
14th February 1978

Mr Cornwell
Duke of Lancaster, New Barnet
14th February 1978

The Audience
Duke of Lancaster, New Barnet
14th February 1978


  1. Brilliant - thanks so much for keeping these recordings available for all! Cheers, Dave Sez.

  2. Fantastic
    cant wwait to hear this cheers Adrian