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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Wednesday, 5 September 2012
20 From '80 (10) Killing Joke Lyceum, London 5th October 1980
Following on from the first wave of the London punk scene, Killing Joke like many post-punk bands took the attitude and pace of punk, mixed it with all manner of other influences, and served it up as something completely new and for that reason exiting and dangerous once more!
The early singles were rather dub orientated, a reflection of the band's origins in the Ladbrook Grove area of West London. By the time their eponymous debut album was released, the band had created a tribal wall of sound of stunning intensity. Other bands of the day were also treading the tribal path (most notably the later Ants and Southern Death Cult), but all sounded tame in comparison with the noise being made by Jaz Coleman and his cohorts.
Here's a great quality early gig. Although short, this may be a full set recording given the number of band's playing and Killing Joke's positioning on the bill.
I suspect that the uptake of this gig may be high considering the great cross over fan appeal of Killing Joke and The Stranglers.
02. TOMORROW'S WORLD
09. THE WAIT
Also in the UK on this night:
The Ramones Playhouse, Edinburgh
Vice Squad Middlesex Poly, London
John Cooper Clarke/Pauline Murray Manchester Apollo