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

Saturday 2 May 2015

Penetration Split Festival Ashbrook Rugby Ground Sunderland 4th October 2009

Here's a short festival set for you from a couple of years back from Penetration. I have only seen them once but I think that they pretty underrated as a band. This set includes their cover of Buzzcock's 'Nostalgia' which appeared on their 1978 debut album 'Moving Targets'. And of course there's 'Don't Dictate' which Pauline describes as Penetration's 'Don't Fear The Reaper'!

Split Festival Sunderland 4th October 2009

'Don't Dictate' from many moons ago
Electric Circus, Manchester 1977
(in this footage Pauline wrestles a bottle from a punter who insists on showering her with the contents, the front row does the rest)

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