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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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Undertones at The Casbah, Derry 1977

The Undertones on the Creggan Estate, Derry in 1977

Linked in with the recent post about the early Ulster punk scene, here's a very early short audience recorded set of the band at the Casbah, a frequent haunt of the band in their home town and a venue immortalised on their debut album. This eight song recording is composed of only one original (and I'm not convinced that it's from the same set), the other seven being covers. Perhaps they didn't sing about the Troubles, but they matched SLF's 'Suspect Device' with and 'Incediary Device', albeit one of Johnny Moped's!

01. Undercover Lover (Kids In Glass Houses)
02. There She Goes Again (Velvet Underground)
03. All By Myself  (Eric Carmen)
04. Incendiary Device  (Johnny Moped)
05. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue  (Ramones)
06. You're Gonna Miss Me  (13th Floor Elevators)
07. I Feel Alright (Iggy & TheStooges)
08. Jimmy Jimmy

It's a famous image and may have had a ring of truth about it in 1977, but listen to these teenagers learning the business in the Casbah in '77 and then compare them to the band they were a mere 18 to 24 months later!

'Here Comes The Summer' (again) by The Undertones
Top Of The Pops 1979