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

Sunday, 30 September 2012

20 From '80 (14) The Vapors Boston 11th September 1980

The Vapors were a well respected and well connected four piece from Guildford, managed by John Weller and Bruce Foxton of all people. The Vapors had that distinctive style that produced a contemporary new wave sound infused with the musical sensibilities of mod (sorry... went a bit Paul Morley for a moment there!).

I sometimes wonder whether, in the spirit of kinship, Bruce and lead singer/guitarist, Dave Fenton did each others hair.

Here's a cracking radio broadcast from the band.
01.  Somehow
02.  Prisoners
03.  Bunkers
04.  Johnny's In Love Again
05.  News At Ten
06.  Cold War
07.  Letter From Hiro
08.  Galleries For Guns
09.  Waiting For The Weekend
10. Sixty Second Interval
11. Spring Collection
12. Turning Japanese
13. Trains
14. America
15. Secret Noise
'Turning Japanese'
The Vapors Top of the Pops 1980



  1. Wow - thanks Adrian. Always turn to letter from hiro when feeling down. Top man!

  2. Thanks a lot, this band need some recognition.

  3. Would absolutely love it if you could re-up this. Thanks.