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, 8 December 2012

20 From '79 (4) Madness Stateside Centre Bournmouth 16th December 1979


Fresh from the high jinx of the '2 tone tour' that bundled all of the bright lights associated with Coventry's exceptional 2 tone label onto a coach for a 60's style review tour of almost 40 dates, the band here headlined in their own right supported by The VIPs.


2 Toners take the sea air on Brighton beach in 1979


By late 1979 success was assured for Madness and the opening years of the approaching new decade were theirs for the taking. By 1980 the Madness 'M' logo had appeared on exercise books, school bags and blazers like a rash!

Personally at the time I was listening more to the likes of Adam and the Ants and Gary Numan, but it was impossible to get away from Madness. I first saw them in Finsbury Park in 1994 and then a year or so ago when my daughter expressed a desperate need to see them.

Ramona at Bickling Hall, Norwich 2011

Madness have had their lean times, but from what I have heard, they are back on form with a back to basics album, Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da. For me though they reached their mature peak with 'The Liberty of Norton Folgate' and intense but brilliant album with its vivid musical depictions of East London.

'The Liberty of Norton Folgate' Madness

So here is that set from back in '79.

FLAC: http://rapidshare.com/files/302752409/Madness161279FLAC.zip

MP3: http://rapidshare.com/files/616287859/Madness161279MP3.zip

01 ONE STEP BEYOND
02 MISTAKES
03 BELIEVE ME
04 MY GIRL
05 SWAN LAKE
06 RAZOR BLADE ALLEY
07 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
08 TARZAN'S NUTS
09 MUMMY'S BOY
10 YOUNG & OLD
11 LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY
12 ROCKIN IN A(FLAT)
13 BED & BREAKFAST MAN
14 THE PRINCE
15 NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO
16 MADNESS
17 LOLA
18 ONE STEP BEYOND

Incidently, this gig occured one week after a classic appearance on the hugely influencial UK TV music programme 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'.

'Night Boat To Cairo' by Madness
The Old Grey Whistle Test
December 1979
 
 

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