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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 12 January 2013
20 From '79 (10) The Ramones Northwestern University Evanston IL 13th October 1979
The Ramones, one of the catalysts and one of the most influential bands in punk. Here's a great quality set from the US in 1979. The Ramones personified the 'All American Band', sadly for them however, America were somewhat ambivalent towards them throughout their long career. Happily for Da Brudders, this was not the case in other parts of the world (most notably South America and Europe) where their uniqueness was recognised as soon as the seminal 'Ramones' LP was released in 1976.
Unfortunately, in stark contrast to the band's good time bubble gum brand of punk (as it became), the individuals that made up the band were genuinely at odds with the world and even more so with each other. 'We're A Happy Family' my arse! It may be the case that were it not for the 'stability' that the band environment offered, however fractious that environment was, the individuals would in all probability have left this world even more prematurely than they did.
02 Blitzkrieg Bop
03 Teenage Lobotomy
04 Rockaway Beach
05 I Don't Want You
06 Go Mental
07 Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
08 Rock 'N Roll High School
09 I Wanna be Sedated
10 Just Want To Have Something To You
11 She's The One
12 I'm Against It
13 Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
14 Havana Affair
16 Needles & Pins
17 I'm Affected
18 I Want You Around
19 Surfin' Bird
20 Cretin Hop
21 All The Way
22 California Sun
23 I Don't Want To Walk Around With You
24 Today your Love,Tomorrow The World
26 Do You Wanna Dance
27 Suzy Is A Headbanger
28 Let's Dance
29 Chinese Rocks
30 Judy Is A Punk
31 We're A Happy Family
For anyone who has an interest in the band who has not sat through 'The End Of The Century' film, it comes highly recommended from me but with a health warning. The film is not an upbeat celebration of the band. All the band's cards are on the table, face up and it is painful to see and hear.
In a similar, but rather more positive vein, I have just finished reading Mickey Leigh's memoirs of his life with his brother and the Ramones. As a read it is sad, shocking and touching in equal measure.