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

Saturday, 22 September 2012

20 From '80 (13) Buzzcocks Amherst University of Massachusetts 18th November 1980

It would be unthinkable to have a list of 20 of the best live bands of 1980 in which Buzzcocks weren't represented. So here they are in America. Take a look at the set (a full set) and the whole spectrum of their material is here, from the first thrash of 'Time's Up' to later experimental songs such as 'Are Everything' and 'Strange Thing' (some of their best material was produced as heavy substances altered their ways of thinking!). In between these two extremes are multiple slices of brilliant pop punk that Buzzcocks crafted better than any other band of the day... and the competition was stiff indeed.

Back in May, as reported in these pages, this line up came back together for one final fling and the musical chemistry that the Manc Fab Four had was apparent for all to see and hear once more.




01. Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore
02. What Do I Get?
03. Fast Cars
04. Fiction Romance
05. Harmony In My Head
06. Are Everything
07. Lipstick
08. Ever Fallen In Love?
09. Something's Gone Wrong Again
10. Airwaves Dream
11. Strange Thing
12. Noise Annoys
13. What Do You Know?
14. I Believe
15. Love Battery
16. Love You More
17. Oh Shit!
18. Time's Up
19. Boredom