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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Sunday 28 September 2014

Manchester Apollo 28th September 1978

'You want some?'

Hi, thanks to Dom P, here's a remastered, cleaned up version of a gig that I posted early on in the life of this blog. Then it was posted as a pre-Convention appetiser when the band were to run through the 'Black & White' album.

This resurrection of the link marks the 36th anniversary of the gig. Half way through the set, the band brush aside their earlier material in favour of the new album and they play a full eight new tracks.

Back in November, an anonymous contributor posted the following comment about the gig and I think it is worth repeating here:

'This was the only gig, other than the Battersea Park one a couple of weeks earlier, where the band were joined by strippers on stage during 'Nice & Sleazy'. The local constabulary were present inside the venue (as referenced by Cornwell during the performance), & this (along with heavy handed treatment from the bouncers) antagonised the crowd who started ripping up seats & throwing them into the orchestra pit before clambering over them to get on to the stage, at which point the band were forced to end the gig prematurely. A classic gig, that was!'


1. Ugly
2. I Feel Like A Wog
3. Burning Up Time
4. Bring On The Nubiles
5. Hanging Around
6. Princess Of The Streets
7. London Lady
8. No More Heroes
9. Curfew
10. Do You Wanna
11. Death And Night And Blood
12. Nice 'N' Sleazy
13. Threatened
14. Sweden
15. Tank
16. Five Minutes
17. Toiler On The Sea

1 comment:

  1. That was my first ever gig, the support band were the skids ,I was 14 at the time.