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, 22 February 2014
Here's an updated audio of the full set. A quick word on this recording. It is an audio rip of the streaming video footage. It's notable that the balance of the channels on the original recording is very poor, so to compensate, I did what I could to balance it out and amplified the output. It is what it is, complete, including Ruffy's bad jokes (they're not that bad if truth be known).
Updated rear cover: http://we.tl/DsAXDo5p40
The streaming video can be seen here. There is a short interview with the band and the gig footage starts around 23 minutes in.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Here's a Mk III gig uploaded by request.
02. Skin Deep
04. Coup De Grace
05. Five Minutes
06. Nice 'N' Sleazy
07. Always The Sun
08. Never To Look Back
09. Thrown Away
10. Golden Brown
12. Goodbye Toulouse
01. Valley Of The Birds
02. Something Better Change
03. Who Wants The World
04. London Lady
06. English Towns
09. All Day And All Of The Night
11. Hanging Around
12. No More Heroes
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Roddy Radiation and me
Alexandra Palace 3rd November 2011
It's been a heavy couple of weeks for The Specials news-wise. Recently, guitarist Roddy Radiation announced in the Coventry Evening Telegraph that he was quitting The Specials to concentrate on his own band material (The Skabilly Rebels). His departure has long been in the offing. Cracks in the relationship between Roddy and his fellow musicians became increasingly apparent on stage on their 2011 UK tour when he appeared to be in open revolt with the rest of the band! That's not to say that a little intra-band friction is such a bad thing. On the contrary, its existence if anything enhances creativity... but the question remains what now for the Specials.....
At the outset of the reunion gigs, some struggled coming to terms with a Specials without Jerry, then last year, Neville bailed out on the grounds of ill health. Last year, whilst the band played some great gigs without him, something was lost without the vocal contrast of Terry and Neville. And, I have no doubt that the same thing will be true now that they prepare to tour with one less original member. The absence of Roddy Radiation's playing will no doubt punch a big hole into what made The Specials.....well, special I suppose!
Nevertheless, I am drawn like a moth to a flame to the Brighton gig (always loved The Dome, the Prince Regent's stables in a former life).
Still, how much more mileage there is in The Specials is unknown. Rather they disband to pursue other projects than to lose the love and respect of their fanbase. They mean too much to me for that to happen!
Sunday, 16 February 2014
A note is required about the compilation of this gig. Firstly, it is not complete and secondly, the recording is not continuous. However, as this was something of a landmark gig for the band (an acoustic set no less) what is available should be heard is whatever way, shape or form. So, I have compiled this recording from material that has appeared on Youtube and Facebook.
With the exception of 'Dangerous Minds' which is preceded by a brief interview, the tracks appear in set list order. In addition, a couple of tracks are duplicated where I have found more than one source. Finally, as often is the case with Youtube footage, some of the tracks are cut short. I have tried to edit the tracks so as to make the transitions as easy on the listener's ears as possible.
Thanks to the original footage uploaders and to Andy Miller, a couple of whose photos I purloined for the creation of the artwork!
So over to Segs, Ruffy and Leigh.....
Friday, 14 February 2014
Those wonderful chaps at Vive Le Rock have been good enough to feature the band as cover stars on the front of the last issue. I am lead to believe that this leads in to a 10 page feature article on the band to mark their 40 years as the nation's favourite showbiz beat combo.
Vive Le Rock is available in selected newsagents and online as well:
Sunday, 9 February 2014
An early Mark II European date. Short and sweet, sound not great but listenable certainly.
MP3 (as received): http://we.tl/xOgajFm0Is
01. Laughing At The Rain
02. Heaven Or Hell
03. 96 Tears
04. Brain Box
06. Wet Afternoon
07. Mr Big
08. Hanging Around
09. Toiler On The Sea
Au Pairs - Live 83 (Last Concert, could be Germany as Leslie speaks German, could be Holland; before mid-June 1983 - NME writes 06/08/83 that Leslie has taken off
"nearly two months ago". Probable venue: Thursday 03 February 1983 – Saturday 05 February 1983, Frauenklang Festival 1983, The Arena, Vienna, Austria, A Women in Rock Festival
featuring The Raincoats, Au Pairs, Malaria, Vera Kaa, Lilliput, Carambolage, Claudia Robot, The Bleeding Hurts.)
MP3 (as received): http://we.tl/TknQnisBy0
03 I Make You (?)
04 Sex Without Stress
05 This Country (?)
06 Lion Love (?)
07 Communication (?)
08 Beast Of A Machine (?)
09 Get Out Of The Way (?)
11 Land With The Seven Suns (?)
From the Dave Sez archive.
Thanks to http://433rpm.blogspot.com/2010/09/au-pairs-live-1983-tape-1983.html
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Just within the boundaries of an anniversary gig, here's one from 'La Folie' second leg.
01. Down In The Sewer
02. Just Like Nothing On Earth
03. Second Coming
04. Non Stop
05. The Man They Love To Hate
06. Who Wants The World
07. Baroque Bordello
08. Golden Brown
09. How To Find True Love And Happiness In The Present Day
12. Let Me Introduce You To The Family
14. The Raven
15. Nuclear Device
Sunday, 2 February 2014
A short one this, but very important nevertheless. The band, still going, now under the abbreviated name of the Neurotics, released the brilliant debut 'Beggars Can Be Choosers' in '83. An impassioned album which urged it's listeners to make the most of your life despite the odds and told of the frustration inherent in a newtown existence (the band hail from Harlow in Essex, a town created in 1948 to offer a new way of living for residents of the bombed out Victorian dwellings of London's East End). So offered up here are a few slices of highly intelligent political punk rock.
01. Jimmy Jangle
02. Does Anyone Know Where The March Is?
03. Life In Their Hands
04. Wake Up
Saturday, 1 February 2014
31 years to the day, the Feline tour is out of the blocks and in Wales. This recording has very good sound quality in parts but is muffled in others (people in front of the microphone I am guessing).
01. Nuclear Device
02. Toiler On The Sea
03. Ships That Pass In The Night
04. Its A Small World
05. Just Like Nothing On Earth
06. No More Heroes
07. Who Wants The World
08. Never Say Goodbye
09. Baroque Bordello
10. Golden Brown
01. Princess Of The Streets
02. Midnight Summer Dream
03. European Female
05. The Raven
07. London Lady