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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Sunday, 7 October 2012

20 From '80 (15) Stiff Little Fingers Keystone, Berkley CA 23rd October 1980

Stiff Little Fingers were very much in the ascendancy when they played dates in the US in 1980. With two classic punk albums under their studded belts they were on top of their game and ready to broaden their musical horizons.

Having been advised and encouraged by mentor and manager Gordon Ogilvie to commit to record their experiences as young disaffected punks trying to do what teenagers do, but in the midst of the devastating 'Troubles' that were in full flow at the time, the seminal 'Inflammable Material' and 'Nobody's Heroes' albums set out the band's stall.

From the third album 'Go For It', the political message was toned down and a different, yet still potent sound came to the fore. I recommend all of their albums!

Northern Ireland produced some of the best music of the late '70s/early '80s with the likes of SLF, Rudi and The Undertones, in spite of and perhaps as a result of the extraordinary experiences these bands had... the kind of stuff that most of us only ever saw on the 9 o'clock news.

FLAC: On its way!


01. Gotta Gettaway
02. Back To Front
03. Fly The Flag
04. Doesn't Make It Alright
05. No Change
06. Mr Firecoal Man
07. At The Edge
08. Wasted Life
09. Suspect Device

Live in the UK this night:

Cockney Rejects   Brady's Liverpool
Killing Joke    Clarendon Hotel, London
Depeche Mode/Zeitgheist    Bridge House, London


  1. Thanx for this, slf were indeed a powerful unit, the first band i ever saw live in 79 at hammersmith palais with support from vapors and starjets superb.

  2. Any chance of a reup of this please?