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

Sunday 28 June 2015

Dead Kennedys O2 Academy Liverpool 26th June 2015

The Dead Kennedys, one of the most iconic punk bands ever and over here for a handful of European dates. Thanks to the efforts of Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) I never got to see this band first time round. The pressures of being dragged through the court in a high profile censorship case proved to be too much for the band and they imploded at a time where under different circumstances they may have returned to these shores to tour 'Frankenchrist' or 'Bedtime for Democracy'. They were certainly due a visit having last been over three years prior to the split. Subsequently, band members took each other through the courts, leaving the reformed DKs with a string of vocalists in place of Jello Biafra.

I did see them about 10 years ago and they were good, very good in fact, that surf sound of East Bay Ray was still as sharp as ever, but something was lacking with the absense of Biafra madcap theatrics that were so much part of a Dead Kennedys gig.

I'm not sure how long the new singer has been at he mike, but rather alarmingly he sounds like Leonard Graves Phillips from The Dickies!

Many thanks to rbose1 from Dime for allowing this recording to be shared freely.

'Forward To Death', 'Winnebago Warrior' & 'Police Truck'
Hamburg June 2015


01 Intro
02 Forward To Death
03 Winnebago Warrior
04 Police Truck
05 Buzzbomb From Pasadena
06 Let's Lynch The Landlord
07 Jock-O-Rama
08 Kill The Poor
09 mp3 Get Off The Web
10 Too Drunk To Fuck
11 Moon Over Marin
12 Band introductions
13 Nazi Punks Fuck Off
14 California Über Alles
15 Bleed for Me
16 Viva Las Vegas
17 Holiday in Cambodia
18 Chemical Warfare (inc. Sweet Home Alabama)

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