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, 12 October 2013

The Damned Newcastle Mayfair 14th October 1982

This is one of the first bootleg tapes I ever acquired. It would have been at the Brighton Record Fair in the mid '80's I suppose. This was recorded on the Strawberries tour and it has everything. To my mind the Holy Trinity of Damned albums are without doubt, Machine Gun Etiquette, The Black Album and Strawberries itself. Why  the band insist on revisiting Damned Damned Damned so often when they have yet to run through the Strawberries album is beyond me.

So Ladies and Gentlemen, without further ado I give you The Damned, nuns and all!



01. Ignite
02. Disco Man
03. Generals
04. I Just Can't Be Happy Today
05. Stranger On The Town
06. Wait For The Blackout
07. Bad Time For Bonzo
08. Curtain Call
09. Dozen Girls

01. Limit Club
02. Melody Lee
03. Love Song
04. Smash It Up
05. Looking At You
06. New Rose
07. Happy Talk
08. Noise Noise Noise
09. Hippy Hippy Shake
10. Citadel

The Damned
'Stranger On The Town'
Brixton Ace 1982


  1. I was at this gig it was great and I got captain sensible's sunglasses also got the vinyl and picture disc that came out and a double bootleg lp with some of the other tracks what were not on the official release-Podcarlisle

  2. You're on fire lately!

  3. Thanks for this – I'm guessing this is the recording that was released as 'Live In Newcastle'? I used to love that it was such a fucking racket...

  4. thanks for sharing - very much appreciated

  5. I recall the Captain leading a chorus of Kid Creole's a wanker. Great night.

  6. Anybody else recallthe roof cving in that night