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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Thursday 14 August 2014

10 From '87 Naz Nomad And The Nightmares Finsbury Park London 23rd August 1987 (Acid Daze)

The psychedelic beat combo, Naz Nomad & The Nightmares, were in fact a thinly veiled spin-off of The Damned. Songs collected on the soundtrack album of a fictitious horror B-movie entitled 'Give Daddy The Knife Cindy' were in the main covers by the '60's garage and psychedelic bands that had been an influence to members of The Damned. The album also features two original tracks, neither of which were played in this brief set.

The recording comes from the Acid Daze all day event in London's Finsbury Park in which Naz Nimad shared the bill alongside Doctor & The Medics, Ozric Tentacles, Voodoo Child, Gaye Bikers On Acid, Pop Will Eat Itself with the psychedelic real deal Hawkwind headlining.

This is the full set recording, which also includes the track 'Looking At You' itself a regular in The Damned's sets.


01. Nobody But Me
02. Action Woman
03. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
04. Looking At You
05. I Can't Stand This Love, Goodbye
06. Riders On The Storm

I did get to see Naz a couple of times in the '80's, once at the Marquee and once at the 'Son of Acid Daze' at what was The Town & Country Club.

Interestingly, The Stranglers equivalents, The Purple Helmets, were doing something in a very similar vein at the same time, albeit playing R&B covers in favour of psychedelic songs.

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