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, 14 October 2012

20 From '80 (18) Magazine Melkweg, Amsterdam 8th June 1980

Howard Devoto

In my last 20 from '80 post I mentioned in passing Magazine. This band certainly had their moments of brilliance. With their 1978 debut album 'Real Life', Howard Devoto and Co. turned punk on its head by delivering up something that teetered on the brink of progressive rock! For sure in the shape of Barry Adamson and John McGeough they had two musicians of musical ability that was not far removed from the prog musicians that punk had swept aside in '76/'77.

Here's a short, but good quality radio broadcast from Amsterdam in the summer of 1980.



01. Intro
02. I'm A Party
03. Permafrost
04. The Light Pours Out Of Me
05. You Never Knew Me
06. Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin
07. Shot By Both Sides
08. Song From Under The Floorboards
09. Outro

Also in town on this night:

Devo   Rainbow, London
Adam & The Ants/Dave Berry & The Cruisers   Empire Ballroom, London


  1. Excellent bootleg, i does love a radio broadcast

  2. Brilliant, Adrian - this gig hasn't surfaced before to my knowledge, so a real treat! In thanks, check these out:

    Cheers, Dave Sez.

  3. Now listening ... prime cuts! Thanks a million, Dave Sez.

  4. And, in thanks, I don't think you have these ones (or maybe I didn't search your site enough:

    Stranglers - De Maaspoort, Den Bosch Netherlands 6-15-83, radio broadcast:

    and a 1983 Peel session

    Cheers, Dave Sez.

  5. Cheers for this great share, Dave Sez sent me your way so I'm forever grateful to the both of you

  6. thankyou so much, and thankyou for the heads up yet again Dave legend ;)

  7. Exciting news! Some of the top-quality soundboard recordings made in 1979-80 mostly in San Francisco by KALX FM engineer Terry Hammer are online, including an excellent uncirculated Magazine gig:

    Magazine - 1980.08.15 Fox Warfield SF, rec. Terry Hammer, KALX, mp3@320, 1 file

    Use Internet Explorer for the right-click, save target as feature ...

    Other groups:

    Terry's recordings, not all available:

    Go get, you won't regret! Cheers, Dave Sez.