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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Saturday, 24 November 2012

20 From '79 (1) Angelic Upstarts 'In Concert' 22nd September 1979

Mensi of the Angelic Upstarts
What's to be said about the Upstarts. Hailing from South Shields and lead by ex-miner Thomas Mensforth (a.k.a Mensi) the Upstarts have for the past 30 plus years been uncompromising in their socialist/anti-fascist stance. In doing so they have written some of the songs that represent the best of political punk, including 'Guns For The Afghan Rebels', 'Solidarity' and 'Woman in Disguise'.
Always great to see live, I hope that Mensi, as planned, pulls the band back together in 2013 for some more dates.
In the meantime, here's a BBC Radio 1 broadcast of the band recorded on 22nd September for the 'In Concert' series.
01. Police Oppression
02. Never Again
03. We Are The People
04. I'm An Upstart
05. Student Power
06. Teenage Warning
07. The Murder Of Liddle Towers


  1. Thanks Adrian, haven't listened to The Upstarts for years, this'll bring back some memories.