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.

Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Justice Tonight The Academy Dublin 30th March 2012

I picked this up on Dime a few weeks ago and it's so good that I thought that I would also put it up here in the original lossless format for the benefit of those who do not have access to Dime. Thanks to the original taper and uploader (Kagee1).

The 1980's in many respects was a bad decade for English football, from the terrace violence of the early 80's to the tragic event of Bradford (1985) and Hillsborough (1989). Concerning the latter, since the death of 96 Liverpool fans, claims and counter claims as to the reasons and responsibility for the events that took place at the stadium on that fateful day in April 1989 have been voiced and published.

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign was established to represent the victims, survivors and families of those affected by the disaster.

More information can be found here.

01 Intros
02 Groovy Train
03 Stepping Stone
04 Love See No Colour
05 Altogether Now
06 Come Back
07 Better Scream
08 The Day Margaret Thatcher Dies
09 Story of the Blues
10 Heart as big as Liverpool
11 Arms around a memory - Its Sinful
12 Train in Vain

01 Stay Free
02 Bank Robber
03 Clampdown
04 Armagideon Time
05 White Man in Hammersmith Palais
06 Should I stay or should I go
07 Encore Break
08 Banter & Tuning
09 Brand New Cadillac
10 Television Screen
11 Janie Jones
12 Second encore break
13 Banter & Tuning
14 Rush

Host John Robb's review of this Dublin gig can be found on the Louder than War site.

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  1. great post mate thanks very much.would you mind if i used 3 of the clash covers in an upcoming compilation on my blog?and loved the review of the specials in brussels.are you going to the hyde park gig in august?cheers

  2. Yeah no problem, use whatever you want. Would happily see the Specials, but it will be very expensive for a 1 hour festival set.