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 9 November 2014

Dexys Midnight Runners Electric Ballroom Camden London 20th December 1979

Follwing on from my last post, here is a recording from way back when, back to the time when Dexys dressed as dockers rather than 1940's Hollywood film producers. In 1980 sales of the humble donkey jacket went through the roof thanks to the band's unofficial endorsement!

The set that DMR closed the year and the decade with was quite covers heavy at this stage, Sam & Dave's 'Hold On', Aretha's 'Respect' and a brilliant version of Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon's 1968 hit 'Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache' which backed the 'Geno' single in 1980.

This set is also supplemented by a set of demo's from 1978.



  1. woohoo fame at last.i did the artwork for this!! its a great set and i love the demos on it. great post

  2. They were a great band at this time, admittedly a bit strange with their collective runs and such things!

  3. This is something I've been seeking for ages! Link says "FLAC", but the files are low bitrate MP3. Any chance you could post this in lossless? In any event, thanks again for what you're doing.