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

Monday, 17 September 2012

The Rainbow 4th April 1980

This then is the definitive document of the two extraordinary gigs that the band played when HAC was detained at her Majesty's pleasure.

This is the full show in excellent quality, uniquely including JJ's 'Do The European'.

The last five tracks come from a session that the band did for The Tube in 1983, but included here as these tracks are also listed on the accompanying artwork.

The tale behind the gigs on the 3rd and 4th April is so well documented it doesn't warrant repeating here, however in ferreting around for additional material I stumbled across some pictures of Toyah with the band that were completely new to me.

JJ, Richard Jobson, Toyah Wilcox, Hazel O'Connor and Wilco Johnson
Photo credit and copyright Virginia Turbett Photography

JJ, Ian Dury, Toyah Wilcox, Hazel O'Connor and John Ellis
Photo credit and copyright Virginia Turbett Photography



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