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.
Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, 31 August 2012
20 From '80 (8) The Jam Park West Chicago 6th August 1980
What really needs to be said of The Jam in 1980? Whilst of the 'new wave' bands The Police were probably the biggest in the world with their brand of white reggae, there was no doubt that in the UK, The Jam ruled the roost. Take a look at the albums that they produced around these years and it should be no surprise that they were so big.
Mr Rotten had left the building, Messers Strummer and Jones had set their sights in the US, which kind of left Paul Weller as the new voice of the disaffected youth. 1980 Britain was a country that was feeling the first blows from a new political doctrine that was later to become known as Thatcherism. The Jam knew and understood their audience maybe better than any other band before or since. That understanding was articulated in Weller's peerless talent as a lyricist. Just listen to 'Saturday's Kids' or, from a couple of years later, 'That's Entertainment'... just brilliant stuff!
Whilst this recording is from one of their US tours, unlike The Police and The Clash, The Jam never broke the US audiences. At this time they were just too British sounding.... it was only in their last years that they nodded towards a US influence with the introduction of soulful brass.
This set, recorded for radio, is a dream, showcasing the band at the height of their powers.
1. Saturday’s Kids
2. Burning Sky
3. Thick As Thieves
4. It’s Too Bad
5. Going Underground
6. Mr Clean
7. Butterfly Collector
8. Private Hell
9. Little Boy Soldiers
11. Dreams Of Children
12. To Be Someone
13. The Eton Rifles
14. Strange Town
15. When You’re Young
16. Down In A Tube Station At Midnight
17. Girl On The ‘Phone
18. All Mod Cons
19. David Watts
20. 'A’ Bomb In Wardour Street