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, 27 October 2012

20 From '80 (20) U.K. Subs Music Machine Camden 8th August 1980

U.K. Subs pictured in 1980

It was of course the Subs who inspired this 20 from '80 thread idea with their refrain '1980 is a brand new age!', so it is only right and proper that Charlie's boys feature in this list and round it off.

1980 was indeed a very good year for the Subs who at the time were working hard to build up a following by relentlessly touring (a habit that they have not kicked to this day!).

I am happy to say that the U.K. Subs are still with us and still touring constantly. A quick check shows that they embark on an extensive UK tour next month, followed by Europe early in the new year.

Here's a show from August 1980 from The Music Machine in London's Camden. The set contains new material from the forthcoming 'Diminished Responsibility' album released the following year.

Music Press advert for the gig


01. Emotional Blackmail
02. You Don't Belong
03. Confrontation Street
04. New Order
05. I Couldn't Be You
06. Tomorrow's Girls
07. Left For Dead
08. Warhead
09. Public Servant
10. Kicks
11. Fall Of The Empire
12. Rat Race
13. New York State Police
14. Teenage
15. Crash Course
16. C.I.D.

Also playing tonight:

The Bodysnatchers   Hornsea Floral Hall, London
Athletico Spizz 80/Tenpole Tudor   Marquee, London


  1. Hi Great Blog.
    Any chance of making this Flac available again as I get "Download permission denied by uploader" when I try to download.
    Cheers Daz

  2. Sorry, I'm not sure what the problem is. To date 144 people have successfully downloaded this file. I will take another look.

  3. Any chance of a reup please?

  4. Thanks for the file !

    Saw them many times at the music machine back in the day.

    I remember the bass player whacking a skinhead who was doing nazi signs in the audience.

    Charlie could be found sitting at the bar having a pint just like a normal punter.

    I loved their gig nights coz they were always cheap or even sometimes free to get in ,good times for us skint kids :)