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

Saturday 2 November 2013

Oxford Apollo 2nd November 1986

27 years ago tonight Dreamtime rolled into 'the city of dreaming spires', that's Oxford to you and I. This was one of my earlier bootleg acquisitions and was always notable tourwise for the inclusion of the resplendent 'La Folie'...... please give it one more outing! Good sound if a bit trebly. For some reason a delightful lass within earshot of the taper persists in screaching 'Get Yer Knickers Off!' throughout the evenings precedings. I hope she had her wish..... but I wonder who's knickers she wanted shed?




01. No More Heroes
02. Was It You?
03. Down In The Sewer
04. Nice In Nice
05. Punch And Judy
06. Souls
07. Always The Sun
08. La Folie
09. Strange Little Girl
10. Golden Brown
11. Nice 'N' Sleazy
12. Who Wants The World?

01. Big In America
02. Bring On The Nubiles
03. Shakin' Like A Leaf
04. Uptown
05. Tank
06. Toiler On The Sea
07. Spain
08. Hanging Around
09. London Lady

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