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 18 November 2015

Ruts DC Sonic Ballroom Cologne 29th September 2015

I'm very happy to get my grubby little paws on this one. A recording of the band on the European leg of their current tour is always gonna be a treat, but this goes one step further in that it showcases new material that will be included on their new album, most notably 'Surprise' and 'Psychic Attack', songs which have had their first blooding on this tour. Setting aside the trademark dub reggae for a while, the new album returns to rock and promises to be a worthy successor to 1981's dark masterpiece 'Animal Now'.

Many thanks to the original taper for recording and sharing!

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01. Surprise
02. Whatever We Do
03. Mighty Soldier
04. Backbiter
05. It Was Cold
06. No Time To Kill
07. Mirror Smashed
08. Dangerous Minds
09. Secondhand Child
10. Sus
11. West One (Shine On Me)
12. Psychic Attack
13  Love In Vain/Police & Thieves
14. Jah War
15. Different View
16. Staring At The Rude Boys
17. Babylon's Burning
18. Brand New Cadillac
19. In A Rut
20. Society


  1. Thank you for this one!

  2. Nice, thank you for posting it and even more thanks to the taper who gave it to you!

  3. Thank you for this. Never would have heard it had not Dave Sez left a link over at Nothin' Sez. What a set list! Thanks again to both yerself & Dave.

  4. I plead guilty, m'lud; should have left thanks but must have forgotten to do so until visiting NØ's blog at Cracker gig, Adrian, and in case you or other Ruts DC fans haven't heard it yet, I am very surprised but delighted to say that, despite being posted back in 2008, one of the rarest Ruts DC recordings - Disc 1 of the long-deleted "Sanity Stomp", where the full Ruts DC line-up are Kevin's backing band - is still live over here (FLAC, mediafire links in comments):

    Thanks and praises to Poor, cheers Dave Sez.