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

Thursday, 6 September 2012

20 From '80 (11) The Selecter Paradiso Club, Amsterdam 21st November 1980

Unfortunately, whilst I have seen this band on many occasions, I do not have many of their live recordings. And yet, as stalwarts of the 2-tone scene and the 'other ' band from Coventery 1980 was very much was the year of The Selecter!

Lead by the truely enigmatic Pauline Black they, like The Specials, mixed original material with 2-toned up covers of original Blue Beat records. I am happy to say that The Selecter are still delivering the same potent message of tolerance to their audience, an anti-racist message that still sadly needs to be heard... only for National Front and British Movement, read British National Party and English Defence League.

Their new(ish) album 'Made In Britain' comes highly recommended!



1. Black & Blue
2. Three Minute Hero
3. Street Feeling
4. Carry Go Bring Come
5. On My Radio

Other bands in town:

Ruts D.C.   Brady's, Liverpool
Bow Wow Wow  Starlight Roller Disco, London


  1. each choice in the 80 30 is both an evidence and a surprise, well well well done

  2. i meant the 80 20 of course , pouf pouf