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.

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Damned Richard Skinner Session 4th August 1984 (Saturday Live)

Captain Sensible
GLC Benefit, Brockwell Park, London
4th August 1984
This is a session that The Damned did for BBC Radio 1's Saturday Live programme, hosted by DJ Richard Skinner. Immediately after recording this handful of songs, the band crossed London to headline a benefit gig in Brockwell Park in support of the then ailing Greater London Council (GLC) which as a consequence of the left-wing nature of the organisation (embodied by 'Red Ken' Livingstone) placed them squarely in the sights of Margret Thatcher's government of the day.
This gig was notable a being the last gig Captain Sensible played with the band for some time. Hence, the bootleg album that emerged from this gig went by the name of 'Captain's Last Stand'. If anyone has a good losss recording of this LP, please get in touch as I only have a poorish quality cassette version. Thanks.
01. Intro
02. Stranger On The Town
03. Limit Club
04. Smash It Up
05. Outro


  1. good gig from my memory, did they play a cover of anarchy or god save the queen? on the way to the gig Ken got on the same bus as us

  2. Theres a better and complete version not from the LP

    Love Song
    Wait For The Blackout
    Thanks For The Night
    Disco Man
    Stranger On The Town
    Limit Club
    Neat Neat Neat
    Noise Noise Noise
    Smash It Up
    New Rose
    Looking At You
    Hippy Hippy Shake
    Anarchy in the UK
    Love Song (reprise)