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.

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Saturday, 18 August 2012

20 from '80 (1) Blondie Hammersmith Odeon 12th January 1980

So first up from 1980, here's a show from Blondie, who at this point were at the pinnacle of their success. By 1980 the band's 60's tinged pop that they played the stage of CBGBs had largely been replaced by a sound that fused the new wave with disco (contemporary with the nascent punk scene in New York). Such hits are represented here; 'Atomic', Sunday Girl' and 'Heart of Glass'. I suppose that the fact that Debbie Harry was easy on the eye didn't hold them back either. But there was more to Blondie than cheekbones and fishnets. The musicians behind Debbie were all highly accomplished by this time, perhaps none more so than sometime Hugh collaborator, Clem Burke on drums.

Clem Burke with Hugh

The enduring quality of this band was evidenced in 1999 when they scored another UK hit with the excellent 'Maria' some 20 years after their first commercial peak.

'Maria' by Blondie
Top of the Pops, 1999

Presented in FLAC format (thanks to the original Dime uploader)

01  Dreaming
02  Slow Motion
03  Shayia
04  Union City Blues
05  The Hardest Part
06  Atomic
07  Living in the Real World
08  Denis
09  Picture This
10  Die young, Stay Pretty
11  Accidents Never Happen
12  Love Victim

01  Heart of Glass
02  Eat to the Beat
03  Hangin on the Telephone
04  Louie, Louie
05  I feel Love *
06  Heroes ** (excluded as this has an official release)
07  I Feel Good ***
08  Sunday Girl
09  Pretty Baby
10  One Way or Another

*  (Donna Summer cover)
**  (Bowie cover)
***  (James Brown cover)

Artwork is included in the download folder.

Also playing on this Saturday night were:

Killing Joke at Erics, Liverpool
UB40 at The Hope & Anchor, London

1 comment:

  1. Don't Forget Robert Fripp, playing guitar on several tracks here, including I Feel Love and Heroes.