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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Thursday 13 December 2012

The Specials Maida Vale Studios London 12th December 2012

Steve Lamacq and team with The Specials at Maida Vale Studios for BBC 6 Music
12th December 2012

I tried to get tickets for this once in a life time opportunity to witness The Specials at the closest quarters imaginable! Unfortunately, I was in the company of 17,000 like minded people so the chances of being there last night were rather remote.

And what a show it was! From the opening instrumental version of 'Sock It To 'Em JB' to the last notes of 'Too Much Too Young' this sounded like the greatest fun you could have with your clothes on as they say!

I believe that Neville was ill last night so there was a bit of vocal juggling by necessity, but this has really put me in the mood for the May tour.

Listen well and....   Enjoy yourselves!!

Terry spots Jerry by the fire escape




01. Introduction By Steve Lamacq
02. Sock It To 'Em JB
03. Do The Dog
04. Concrete Jungle
05. Gangsters
06. Rat Race
07. It Doesn't Make It Alright
08. Pearl's Cafe
09. International Jet Set
10. Friday Night Saturday Morning
11. Stereotypes
12. Man At C & A
13. Ghost Town
14. Do Nothing
15. A Message To You Rudy
16. Nite Klub
17. Too Much Too Young

As my mate Andy (who was lucky enough to be there) said of the evening by text last night,

'I never thought I would see The Specials like that. There was no stage and I stood in the front row in front of Roddy. Don't think that there were much more than 150 people there but there were apparently 17,000 applications for tickets'

...... we may be back on talking terms by Christmas!

Lynval with harp
Horace lays down the bass
Roddy checks on the brass


  1. brilliant mate thanks very much.i also tried to get tickets for this but like yourself was unlucky.this is a great post!

  2. Hi Adrian,
    I read on FB that Neville has left the band and will not be with them for next years tour.

  3. Hi Simon, it seems that it is true. It's a shame that the decision could not be made after may, but I don't know the full story. As we know full well a change in singer changes the band.

  4. Thanks for this cracking download mate, love it.


  5. Link is dead, if u could re-upload this would be great, thanks !!!!