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, 10 August 2013
The Rock Garden Middlesbrough 24th February 1977
Last night I found myself in the Three Kings pub in North End Road, West Kensington. In a former life, this typical London pub went by the name of The Nashville Rooms and throughout the '70's was a key venue for bands on the up who were just on the cusp of breaking through to the big time and name bands passing on the way down.
On this evening I was in the company of a handful of people whose collective association with the band made my years of interest seem like an afterthought! And so all the talk of ice-cream vans, equipment failures and fisticuffs in English Towns put me in mind of something suitably early.
This gem cropped up out of the blue a few years ago and is one of the best quality early shows around.
01. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
04. School Mam
05. Peasant In The Big Shitty
06. Straighten Out
07. Hanging Around
09. London Lady
10. Down In The Sewer
12. Something Better Change
14. Go Buddy Go (Power Failure)
16. Go Buddy Go
By the way, two of the landmark gigs that the band played at The Nashville can be found here: