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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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Buzzcocks The Last Night At The Electric Circus Manchester 2nd October 1977

Here's one from the archives of Dave Sez. In the autumn of 1977, The Electric Circus in Manchester closed it's doors. The venue, which as well as boasting the vilest wallpaper ever produced, played host to all of the major British punk bands of '76/'77 (and some American ones as well).

The final two gigs on 1st and 2nd October 1977 were recorded and a cuts from the bands that played over the two nights were released on a 10" album that went by the name of 'Short Circuit'. The album documents nicely the Manchester punk scene, featuring as it does, Buzzcocks, The Fall, The Drones, the mighty John Copper Clarke and a nascent Joy Division. Of the Buzzcocks set, 'Times Up' was featured. Here now is the full set from the closing night (2nd).

Thanks also to the original uploader.



01. Fast Cars
02. Fiction Romance
03. Boredom
04. Sixteen
05. You Tear Me Up
06. Orgasm Addict
07. Moving Away From The Pulsebeat
08. Love Battery
09. Time's Up


  1. it would be awesome to hear the John Cooper Clarke show if it exists....

  2. Hi, wondering where this recording is from? Many Fall fans would love to have their whole set.