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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Monday, 27 August 2012

20 From '80 (7) Devo Orpheum Theater, Boston, 17th July 1980

Now for something truely left field. Devo were/are in many ways unique. Proponents of the Theory of Devolution, the band believe that the human race is devolving (Devolution, de-evolution, or backward evolution is the notion that a species can change into a more 'primative' form over time. Devolution presumes that there is a preferred hierarchy of structure and function, and that evolution must mean "progress" to "more advanced" organisms. This may include the idea that some modern species that have lost functions or complexity accordingly must be degenerate forms of their ancestors).

Here's their first UK TV appearence in which they explain themselves.

"We are the fluid in the punk enema bag"!
'So It Goes' Granada TV, UK 1978

Over the years they have certainly exercised a powerful influence over their fans. Take this pillock for example.....

A pillock sporting an Energy Dome

Here's a great quality radio broadcast from The Orpheum Theater in Boston. This set features their best material in my opinion.




1. Freedom Of Choice Theme/Whip It
2. Snowball
3. It's Not Right
4. Girl U Want
5. Planet Earth
6. S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)
7. Secret Agent Man
8. Pink Pussycat
9. Blockhead
10. Satisfaction
11. Uncontrollable Urge
12. Mongoloid
13. Be Stiff
14. Gates Of Steel
15. Freedom Of Choice
16. Jocko Homo
17. Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA
18. Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy
19. Come Back Jonee
Mark Mothersbaugh
July 1980

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