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.

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In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

20 From '79 (3) The Members 'In Concert' 3rd March 1979


Here's a short radio broadcast from the BBC Radio 1's '70s/'80's series 'In Concert'. This may or may not be a complete set from The Members.

Considered by some to be a second division player in the punk league, however, they did have some great songs, not least 'Solitary Confinement and of course 'The Sound of the Suburbs' which neatly summed up the whole punk ethos in 3 minutes and 53 seconds. With the wonderful 'Off-Shore Banking Business' they tapped right into the reggae tinged punk that was so prevalent in the late '70's.

I never saw The Members play live. The nearest I got was seeing JC Carroll and Chris Payne do a couple of numbers at the Ruts film premiere, but in all honesty it wasn't very tight. No offence chaps! With Nicky Tesco unable to perform on stage with them, I'm not sure how well the reformed Members work, but please go and see them if they play in your town and judge for yourselves.

Anyway, here's The Members at their peak.



01. Electricity
02. Sally
03. Frustrated Bagshot
04. Stand Up And Spit
05. Goodbye To The Job
06. The Sound Of The Suburbs
07. Solitary Confinement
08. At A Chelsea Nightclub

Also treading the boards on this night:

The Pop Group/ATV/Linton Kweski Johnson    Edinburgh University
The Only Ones   Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow
The Undertones/The Squares   Erics, Liverpool


  1. Nice one, Adrian, can never have too much Members, and not so easy to find live gigs of theirs. Here's another in thanks (and hoping you don't mind me posting links in the comments):

    Cheers, Dave Sez.

  2. PS: Also have the Members at the Old Waldorf, SF, 25.11.79 if you'd like it - setlist below. Cheers, Dave Sez.

    04.Killing Time
    05.Physical Love
    06.Offshore Banking Business
    07.Stand Up And Spit
    09.Don't Push
    10.Police Car
    12.Love In A Lift
    13.Sound Of The Suburbs
    14.Chelsea Nightclub
    15.Solitary Confinement

  3. Loved this band at the time....
    No one really gave them the credit they deserved.
    Think that's why I loved 'em

  4. Righty ho! As Adrian would like this, here's the Members - Peel 17.01.79 and Old Waldorf San Francisco 25.11.79, tracklist above, 105.58MB,

    Cheers, Dave Sez.