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 9 February 2014

20 From '83 (18) The Au Pairs Frauenklang Festival 5th February 1983?


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):

01 America
02 Set-Up
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 (?)
10 Fiasco
11 Land With The Seven Suns (?)
12 Obvious

From the Dave Sez archive.

Thanks to

1 comment:

  1. Nice one, Adrian - a historic recording that should be preserved and re-served! A corrected setlist:

    I Make You (aka Music)
    Sex Without Stress
    This Country (aka Runs With Honey)* ***
    Lion Love**
    Communication (aka Headache for Michelle)
    Beat Of A Machine**
    Get Out Of The Way (?)
    From the Land Of The Setting Sun (aka Hokka He Ha)*

    The starred tracks were also recorded in the studio in 1983-84 and released on *="Stepping Out Of Line" anthology **=1993 RPM 16-track out-of-print CD of "Sense and Sensuality" ***=Dojoji, 1984 Dutch mini-LP with Lesley Woods. See here (and the comments there) for more Au Pairs: (fullest version of classic Berlin 1981 bootleg).

    Cheers, Dave Sez.