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, 27 April 2014

The Wonky Bus Hits The Road Once More - Le Splendid, Lille 19th April 2014 and Patronaat, Harlem 18th April 2014

For those intrepid fans who made the trip across The Channel for two excellent gigs that rounded of the European leg of the Ruby tour, here is a souvenier of the event. It comes in the form of an excellent sounding recording of the gig from Le Splendid in Lille.

Thanks to Chatts99 for his efforts here. This has previously been posted on Dimeadozen, but many of you will either be unaware of the site or unable to access the site.

Thanks then are due to Chatts and of course to our events organiser Owen for his sterling efforts in ensuring yet another seamless operation!

01 Intro-Toiler On The Sea
02 No More Heroes
03 Was It You
04 Threatened
05 Relentless
06 Peasant In The Big Shitty
07 Peaches
08 La Folie
09 Midnight Summer Dream
10 Golden Brown
11 Always The Sun
12 Thrown Away
13 Nuclear Device
14 Skin Deep
15 Time To Die
16 Lowlands
17 Nice 'N' Sleazy
18 Walk On By
19 Freedom Is Insane
20 Duchess
21 5 Minutes
22 Hanging Around
23 Encore Break-Norfolk Coast
24 Something Better Change
25 All Day And All Of The Night
26 Encore Break-Tank



Hold the back pages! I have also now had the blessing from ianmacd to upload his excellent recording of the Patronaat gig in Haarlem the previous evening, thus completing the Wonky Bus IV set. Many thanks Ian! Thanks are also due to Marcel van Ooosterhout for permission to use his brilliant shots of the Haarlem gig for the purposes of creating some artwork.

01. Intro
02. Toiler On The Sea
03. No More Heroes
04. Was It You?
05. Threatened
06. Banter
07. Relentless
08. Peasant In The Big Shitty
09. Peaches
10. Midnight Summer Dream
11. Golden Brown
12. Always The Sun
13. Never To Look Back
14. Thrown Away

01. Nuclear Device (The Wizard Of Aus)
02. Skin Deep
03. Time To Die
04. Lowlands
05. Nice 'N' Sleazy
06. Walk On By
07. Freedom Is Insane
08. Duchess
09. 5 Minutes
10. Hanging Around
11. Encore Break
12. Banter
13. Norfolk Coast
14. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
15. All Day And All Of The Night
16. Encore Break
17. Tank




Adrian x

Dave says 'Aaaaaaaaaaarrrrr!!'


  1. Hi ! As I worked for the Splendid & Verone Production, I was at this great gig and all the day for technical assitance for Stranglers Crew. Wonderful memories with Louie (sound), Roger (Light) & Gary (Tour Manager). We interviewved Louie for the official Stranglers french blog. 2 hours show of the Stranglers, with an excellent sound from Louie, and great audience atmosphere with English fans. I think the Splendid wal full of people, I think of 900 people which is great. I supposed tha teveryone enjoy the gig, with great version of La Folie, Peasant in the big Shitty, Midnight summer dream, Norfolk coast, Time to die ....

  2. Whether you seen the Stranglers at the City Hall in Glasgow in 1977 or at Reading in 83/87 the recording of the Patronaat gig is the live album we have been waiting for. Hats off to the taper.