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, 21 July 2012

The O2 Academy Glasgow 3rd March 2012

My primary objective on this early spring evening in Glasgow was to get through the whole set. For some reason on the bands last date in the city I was ejected from the venue. It wasn’t my fault, honest gov’nor! No names, but the responsible person knows who he is.

On this occasion, again at the Academy, I paced myself. On this night it appears that I successfully passed on the drunken batton to Phil Coxon (who only made it through a couple of songs before being escorted home!). Good work Phil!!

This was a quiet gig by Glasgow standards and whilst enjoyable, the previous night’s performance in Dunfermline (at the wonderful Alhambra) was better. I’m never really one to complain about the set (a Stranglers set is a Stranglers set after all), but on this tour the selections did not, in my opinion, match JJ’s assertions that this was one of their most adventurous sets in several tours. Nevertheless, for me an undoubtable tour highlight was ‘Hey! (Rise Of The Robots)’ (very tight after being nailed for the Convention Black & White set).

JJ at Glasgow O2 Academy, 3rd March 2012
(Thanks to Alias for the photos)




  1. Cheers. I was at this one, along with the Alhambra gig the night before. Agree about the Alhambra, its a much better venue than the Academy. On saying that, have still enjoyed the gigs I've seen at the Academy.


  2. Hi The download link for the FLAC doesnt appear to be working. Cheers