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

Wednesday 30 December 2015

John 'Brad' Bradbury

Yesterday was a bad day..... bad for any fan of music. I woke to the news that Lemmy had succumbed to an aggressive cancer and ended the day by receiving a message that Brad of The Specials had also died at 62. As for Lemmy, from recent footage of him struggling on stage (and with some understanding of his lifestyle) his passing was kind of anticipated, but not so with Brad.

I first saw him play as part of the Special Beat, which at the time was the closest that I ever thought that I would get to that Specials experience (the two gigs I saw The Special Beat play remain two of the best gigs I ever had the privilege to witness). Then in 2009 it happened, an almost complete reunion of The Specials themselves..... Manna from Heaven! My most exiting moment in my gig career would have to be the opening of 'Do The Dog' with Brad's machine gun drum intro. Just brilliant.

Here then is a recently surfaced bootleg of The Specials, a tribute to Brad. This is the best quality recording of the band that I have heard outside of official releases.

Enjoy yourself it's later than you think!



01. Dawning Of A New Era
02. Do The Dog
03. It's Up To You
04. Monkey Man
05. Rat Race
06. Blank Expression
07. Rude Boys Outta Jail
08. Concrete Jungle
09. Too Hot
10. Doesn't Make It Alright
11. Stupid Marriage
12. Too Much Too Young
13. Guns Of Navarone
14. Little Bitch
15. A Message To You Rudy
16. Nite Club
17. Gangsters
18. Long Shot Kick De Bucket
19. Liquidator
20. Skinhead Moonstomp
21. Madness
22. You're Wondering Now

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