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, 12 November 2011

The Damned 35th Anniversary Tour, The Middle East Club Boston 20th October 2011

I, like many other Stranglers fans have long carried a torch for The Damned. Both bands were viewed as outsiders of the London punk scene of '76/'77, this despite the Damned consistently racking up all of the punk firsts (first signed, first single release, first to tour America etc.). With influences more aligned to the demon progressive rock (admittedly hidden rather well by the Damned for a few years) than the front line reggae favoured by the Clash and the Pistols, it seemed that neither the Damned or the Stranglers really meant it maaan!!

As a frequent wearer of the tutu, even more frequently naked by the end of a gig and always an agent of the unpredictable at early Damned gigs, the good Captain was certainly one reason why the serious music journos of the day did not or would not take the Damned seriously. However, once the band rose above the Stooges/MC5 inspired thrash of the first album, it became clear that Sensible was a musician of considerable talent.

For many fans, the albums Machine Gun Etiquette, The Black Album and Strawberries represent the holy trinity in The Damned's body of work. For this reason, it is in some ways disappointing that on this tour they have chosen to couple complete run throughs of Damned Damned Damned (done before) and the Black Album. Maybe Strawberries is in the diary for 2012!!

This weekend sees the band play The Roundhouse in our own Camden Town. It promises to be a great night. 'Sensible's a Wanker!' parhaps, but he's also a great guitarist to boot.

From the American leg, I have uploaded this from Dime in the original lossy format (flac) at the request of the original uploader.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Damned......


Damned, Damned, Damned

1-Pa Music/Intro
2-Neat, Neat, Neat
3-Fan Club
4-I Fall
5-Born To Kill
6-Feel The Pain
7-New Rose
9-See Her Tonight
10-1 Of The 2
11-So Messed Up
12-I Feel Alright (Stooges)

The Black Album

13-Intro Music
14-Wait For The Blackout >
15-Lively Arts >
16-Silly Kids Games
17-Drinking About My Baby
18-Sensible's A Wanker
19-Twisted Nerve
20-Hit Or Miss
21-Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde
22-Sick Of This And That
23-History Of The World (Pt 1)
24-13th Floor Vendetta
26-Curtain Call
27-Encore Break-


30-Anti Pope
31-Chatter "Happy Talk Or Smash It Up"
32-Smash It Up (Pts 1 & 2)


  1. i was at manchester gig last night, fantastic night, can i ask what flac is and i can i download it or do i need software for this

  2. Hi, FLAC is a lossless means of file compression. Many free programs are avilable that can convert from FLAC to mp3 or wav whichever is your preference.

    1. friend can climb back to disk or another served mediafire please. since died megaupload


  3. Thatnks for the great recordin of this gig bud. I saw 'em at Leeds on their UK leg of the tour, bloody good stuff

  4. please reupload this gem... TA!