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.
Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 25 April 2015
Queen Margaret Union Glasgow University 12th February 1977
Here's a reasonably sounding recording of an early gig from Glasgow from February 1977. Amazingly this was the band's second gig in he city in a mere two months (having played Strathclyde University in mid December 1976). On this second occasion they were a late replacement for the Ian Gillan Band. As such there was a degree of hostility from the audience who had turned up expecting a night of heavy rock from the former Deep Purple front man, but instead got an hour of p*nk rock from a barely known band of hooligans! Apparently the evening ended with The Stranglers barricaded in the dressing room.
Unfortunately there is some hiss from my version during 'Rats Rally' and 'Hanging Around' is cut. Never the less it's well worth a listen.
01. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
04. School Mam
05. Peasant In The Big Shitty
06. Straighten Out
07. Hanging Around
10. London Lady
11. Down In The Sewer