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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Saturday 23 January 2016

999 Bones Club Reading 18th October 1978

And now for another support related post. 999's relationship with the band goes way back. In fact it could be said that Nick Cash's knowledge of the band goes back even further to a time when the boot was on the other foot and The Stranglers supported the band that Nick, then known as Keith Lucas, was in as Ian Dury's guitarist in the Kilburns.

999 provided tour support on the European leg of the Black & White tour in the summer of '78. 999 are captured with the band on the tour bus in the 'New Wave in Vienna' footage, which also features Nick larking about at the airport.

Nick Cash entertains unsuspecting travellers

Through this door lies trouble!
Nick Cash in negotiation with Airport Police (June 1978)

The band also supported The Stranglers as part of a very eclectic (read that as 50% crap) line up at an open air gig at Fontwell Racecourse in 1993. Out of this gig came an interview with 999 for the pages of Strangled (at the suggestion of JJ). This interview took place a couple of weeks later in a room above The Swan pub in Fulham (where the band were playing that night). In the course of the discussion, the band talked of that particular tour, Vienna and also the riot gig that occurred at the Cascais Sports Stadium in Portugal.

I have the full transcript somewhere which I will look to post in the not too distant future.

This particular recording was made 3 months after that tour.



01. Chicane Destination
02. Don't Deny
03. Titanic Reaction
04. Nasty Nasty
05. My Street Stinks
06. Emergency
07. Nobody Knows
08. Nasty Nasty
09. I'm Alive

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