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, 25 August 2012

20 From '80 (5) Adam & The Ants Electric Ballroom Camden 22nd May 1980

In 1979 and 1980, Camden's Electric Ballroom was a regular haunt of the rapidly evolving Ants. Taking on board the advice of Malcolm Mclaren in exchange for his band, Adam had by this point adopted the Burundi style drum sound (achieved by the fact that the band had two drummers) that was to be a trademark of the Ants' sound in what was shortly to become their most successful commercial period. Recorded in the same month that the breakthrough 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier' album was released, as part of the 'Ants Invasion' tour, the set drew on material from that album, but earlier singles and the brilliant 'Dirk Wears White Sox'.

So this recording is from a time when Adam (and his band) were on the threshold of pop stardom and very different world of Royal Command Performances and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop.

I thought they were great in this period. It is interesting to note that in his current shows (sadly without Marco), the set fully recognises the early pre-Kings material.



Artwork is included in each folder.

1.  Intro
2.  (You're So) Physical
3.  Kings Of The Wild Frontier
4.  Ants Invasion
5.  Beat My Guest
6.  Cleopatra
7.  Picasso
8.  Kick
9.  Fall In
10. Killer In The Home
11. Press Darlings
12. Cartrouble
13. Table Talk
14. Zerox
15. Fat Fun
16. A.N.T.S.
17. Plastic Surgery

Adam & The Antz

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this, I'm not a big Antz fan, but I would say to anyone that the period leading upto their commercial breakthrough (Antmusic)is when you should listen to them - this is gonna be a great example & I look forward to giving this a blast