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 email@example.com.
Friday, 3 August 2012
Milton Keynes Bowl 24th August 1991
I have had a request from gobshyte to upload this gig (not sure if this was the BBC broadcast or just a very good recording, I suspect that it's not from radio as it's longer than I remember and longer than I would expect if the Beeb were also broadcasting the headline set).
At the time, this really set alarm bells ringing in my head, but with hindsight I can fully understand the band and band's management rationale for getting on to these prestigious stadium dates supporting Simple Minds. What better way to showcase the band after such a big change.
No, I admit it, the problem is all mine (all mine, all mine). I first became aware of Simple Minds as a successful band coming out of New Wave (I did not like them). Simple Minds went on to become a massive anthem driven stadium rock band (I hated them!). So, in short, this unlikely coupling was not to my liking at all. Quite clearly, there is no accounting for taste, but in my head Simple Minds were purely a Britannia Music Club band!
Nevertheless, this gig gave the band some national critical radio exposure at a time when it mattered most.
2. Five Minutes
3. No More Heroes
6. Strange Little Girl
7. Heaven Or Hell
8. Always The Sun
9. 96 Tears
11. I Feel Like A Wog
12. Uptown/Hanging Around
14. Toiler On The Sea
15. Something Better Change
16. All Day And All Of The Night