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, 23 June 2012

Paleo Festival Nyon Switzerland 24th July 1988

With festival season upon us and with The Stranglers perhaps better represented this year in the waterlogged fields of Northern Europe than in previous summers I wanted to share this earlier gig from 1988.

The Paleo Festival from Nyon in Switzerland. A radio broadcast, the quality is excellent and the performance is marred only by the job jockey who, like so many of his ilk, loves the sound of his own voice. Perhaps a visitor of this blog from Europe could offer an explanation as to why Continental broadcasts of live gigs are treated like football matches with commentaries along the same lines!?

So, If you can blank the Swiss jock, this is a very enjoyable show featuring rare outings for 'Vietnamerica' and 'Peasant In The Big Shitty'  and JJ does his level best to wind up the audience.

... all good stuff!

Thanks to Dom P who provided me with a new version (mine having gone south).

Artwork is included in the download folder (this is worthy of a note, at the point that the AW was prepared the date was taken from the Forum as occurring on 19th, whereas the poster and the ticket would indicate that the gig took place on 24th. If in your pedantry you cannot cope with this error, let me know and I will correct it).

CD 1
1. Intro
2. Always The Sun
3. Spain
4. Uptown
5. Souls
6. Toiler On The Sea
7. North Winds
8. Vietnamerica
9. Strange Little Girl
10. The Raven
11. Peasant In The Big Shitty
12. All Day & All Of The Night

CD 2
1. Shakin' Like A Leaf
2. Big In America
3. Who Wants The World
4. Tank
5. Was It You?
6. Down In The Sewer
7. Nuclear Device
8. Punch & Judy
9. No More Heroes


  1. Cheers geezer, as ever.

  2. Nyon.... 71 downloads..... 1 comment!!

  3. Thanks again Adrian great post, keep up the good work.

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