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.

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Saturday 10 September 2011

JJ Burnel Martlet's Hall Burgess Hill UK 12th December 2000

In preparing this upload, I notice that it has been posted elsewhere, so please accept my apologies, but what the hell, there's some additional artwork in it if nothing else.

In the absence of any performances from the band in 2000 on my shelf, I'll give this year over to the bass player.

'Songs and Stories' Flyer
December 2000
This gig was rather unusual for me in terms of the venue. For those who don't know, Burgess Hill is my home town. I was born in the nearby community hospital and lived in Burgess Hill for my first 19 years before moving to London and college.

The venue was the Martlet's Hall, a small hall incorporated into the library building. Up until that time, I had never been to an event there. In fact the only 'gig' I recall taking place there was in 1987 (I think) when Sigue Sigue Sputnik, clearly on the way down (if ever they were that far up in the first place) played. This I missed as The Pogues were playing in Brighton on the night. The SSS gig ended in a big scrap, as such was the novelty of a name band appearing locally, a lot of gig novices turned up who, as is often the case, misinterpreted a bit of liveliness at the front as a fight waiting to happen and helped it along.

After SSS it was many years before the venue started taking bookings again, and these tended to be 60's acts such as Joe Brown & The Bruvvers and the like. So to have a 'hero' of mine playing in the local library made it worth the effort to travel down from Hertfordshire.

As I remember it was a filthy winter's evening. Driving conditions on the M25 and M23 were appauling (referenced by JJ in the set). Nevertheless, my expectations were high, this being a far more intimate setting for an 'alone and acoustic' set than the previous time I had seen him at the Union Chapel in Islington. The set that night was spot on, being a walk through JJ's entire career in music to date, with good representation of music from the solo albums 'Euroman Cometh' and 'Un Jour Parfait' and the Stranglers of course. This material was interspersed with new material that I thought was very strong. Did JJ ever take the new material from the stage into the studio? The only official release of many of these songs was from the SIS footage of the Union Chapel show. Even Hawkwind sneaked into the set.

At the end of the evening, whilst it was clear that Burgess Hill and JJ Burnel had ended their brief relationship that night never to see each other again, I left the venue content and headed for a curry with some old friends.


1. Jellyfish
2. Never Too Look Back
3. Skin Deep
4. By The Sea
5. Garden Of Eden
6. Dagenham Dave
7. European Female
8. Coup De Grace

1. Un Jour Parfait
2. Don’t Bring Harry
3. Norfolk Coast
4. Where I Live
5. Frog Crossing Road
6. Talking ‘Bout Me And You
7. In The End
8. The Kiss
9. Go Buddy Go
10. Something Better Change
11. Fred And George
12. Quark Strangeness And Charm
13. Big Thing Coming

Full artwork here (pdfs are also included in the download file)


  1. greatest thanks!

  2. hi adrian

    can you please re-upload this gig i would love to hear it



  3. hi adrian

    could you re-upload this gig.
    I am a big fan of J.J's solo stuff and would love to hear it



  4. Is there a problem with the new rapidshare link?

  5. hi

    no it was a fault with virgin internet sorry about that mate they have fixed it now


  6. hi
    downloading now give me something to listen to while doing D.I.Y this bank holiday weekend





  8. Cheers for this gonna play it now


  9. Hiya, the SSS gig in Burgess Hill was 1988 - I remember it and the fight after. Was supported by a local alternative band called Karen D'Ache. I was just talking about this to my better half and how it was the first and last alternative gig in B.Hill!

  10. Hello is a reup possoble ? Thanx a lot in advance George