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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Friday, 31 August 2012

20 From '80 (9) The Pretenders RivieraTheatre, Chicago 8th September 1980

Chrissie Hynde
The Pretenders

No band wants to be pigeon-holed and for sure The Pretenders were difficult to pin down style-wise. Ex-music journalist Chrissie spent 1976/1977 in the company of London's punk hierarchy so well understood the UK scene. All the while she wanted to step out with her own band and so The Pretenders came together and in doing so they brought to the stage a pretty unique fusion of UK punk with the strong Americana overtones (there that's put them in a box!).

In short the early Pretender's material was great. The first album is a classic. However, as has happened so many times before, the first line up fell apart when half the band succumbed to drugs.

This excellent sounding radio broadcast from Chicago features that first line up and is a great live representation of the first two albums from the band.

FLAC: On its way!



01. Precious (with brief dropout)
02. The Adulteress
03. Kid
04. Talk Of The Town
05. Space Invader
06. Cuban Slide
07. I Go To Sleep
08. Private Life
09. Brass In Pocket
10. The Wait
11. Stop Your Sobbing
12. Louie Louie
13. Bird Of Paradise
14. Tattooed Love Boys
15. Band Introductions
16. Up The Neck
17. Mystery Achievement
18. Whatcha Gonna Do About It

Martin Chambers - Drums
James Honeyman-Scott - Guitar
Chrissie Hynde - Vocals, Guitar
Pete Farndon - Bass

In London on this night:

U2 (who?)    Marquee Club
Essential Logic/Splodgenessabounds/War Dept.    Music Machine


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