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 2 November 2013

The Jam Christmas Party Fulham Greyhound December 1980

Shane MacGowan & Bruce Foxton in a more sober moment (perhaps!)
London 1977
Here's a recording, originally from Dimeadozen (and for that reason retained in lossless format) and it's an interesting one at that. Recorded at The Fulham Greyhound pub in London at The Jam's annual private Christmas Party in December 1980, one can only assume that every one in the venue is caned!
By late 1980, The Jam were for sure one of the most daring and accomplished bands in the country, but there is little evidence of such proficiency to be found in this handful of numbers. True, Shane's vocals do little to raise the calibre of the entertainment much higher than a sixth-form Battle of the Bands night!
Poor old Dusty Springfield would be turning in her grave if she heard this treatment of  'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' and as for Rolf, well he's got more pressing things on his mind right now.
The band:
Shane MacGowen (Vocals)
Paul Weller (Keyboards)
Bruce Foxton (Bass on 'Heatwave')
Jeff Martin (Bass on 'Sun Arise' and 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself')
Rick Buckler (Drums)
Staveley of TheNips (Guitar)
The Dolly Mixtures (Backing Vocals on 'Heatwave')
01. Intro
02. Tuning Up
03. Heatwave
04. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
05. Sun Arise
06. Outro


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