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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, 11 May 2012
Hordern Pavillion Sydney 10th May 1985
Here's an anniversary upgrade (courtesy of Dom P!) of the Stranglers in Sydney. It had been six years since their last visit which ended in much controversy.
Here's the blurb in Dom's own words:
'A special Sculpture Anniversary show, and the first posting of an Australian gig.
Courtesy of Sancho Panza, this is a great example of the band storming through a well rehearsed set to a new and, on this evidence, captive audience. At a pretty big venue near the Sydney Cricket Ground, it’s a full house, and the band are on fire. The sound is good according to Hugh, and this comes across on the bootleg. While not 10/10 for quality, the sound system is obviously good as all the instruments can be heard, and it cleans up pretty well. They are tight as a duck’s arse.
It also weighs in at 97 minutes, with a unique encore... after they play Nuclear Device I think it’s JJ you can hear on the head mikes saying “Let’s do Toiler!” to which you get a slight groan perhaps from Hugh... “Huh?” as in .. oh ok then.. as if he was knackered and had enough.... but I may be wrong... so JJ and Jet get it going anyway and it’s a great seven-minute version, listen for yourselves... either way one of those obscure details that makes Stranglers bootleg collecting such fun. Ok I’ll get me coat. Just listen to this gig, it’s great!'
2. Something Better Change
4. Dead Ringer
5. No Mercy
7. Nice 'n' Sleazy
8. Skin Deep
9. Let Me Down Easy
10. Midnight Summer Dream
11. European Female
12. Golden Brown
13. Strange Little Girl
15. Shakin’ Like A Leaf
16. Death and Night and Blood
18. Punch and Judy
19. Hanging Around
20. I Feel Like A Wog
21. Down In The Sewer
22. Nubiles (Cocktail Version)
23. Nuclear Device
24. Toiler On The Sea
For burning, I recommend the split after 'Golden Brown'. This is how the artwork has been prepared.