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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Friday, 15 January 2016

The Damned 'Christmas On Earth' Queen's Hall Leeds 20th December 1981

Just received this from a contributor to the site, many thanks! This is a pretty good sounding recording of a great set from The Damned at quite a famous gig. I awful, freezing cold whether the majority of bands that formed what was to become known as the UK 82 punk scene gathered under the roof of the Queen's Hall in Leeds for an early punk all-dayer. True there were a few of the old hands there too, Chelsea, the UK Subs and The Damned of course and a handful of yanks in the form of Black Flag.

If you're a Damned fan, just take a look at this set.

Were any visitors of this page in the crowd that day? If so drop us a line.

Captain takes in the crowd
Queen's Hall Leeds on 20th December 1981

MP3 (as received):


01. Banter
02. Lively Arts
03. Wait For The Blackout
04. Disco Man
05. I Just Can’t Be Happy Today
06. Plan 9 Channel 7
07. Melody Lee
08. Gun Fury
09. Noise Noise Noise
10. Abuse
11. The Limit Club
12. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
13. Love Song
14. Neat Neat Neat
15. Drum Solo
16. New Rose

Animal croons!
Anti-Nowhere League
Queen's Hall Leeds on 20th December 1981


  1. Hi Adrian I was there what a day remember the train from Birmingham was freezing cold. Inside the hall there was stalls selling teeshirts & bootleg cassettes. As for the to some bands I have never seen since.
    West Bromwich

    1. I was there. Coached in from Manchester. Snow outside filled your docs, then they thawed inside and half the floor was a big puddle. Nowhere to sit cos of it. Queens Hall? It seemed like a warehouse to me. Skins were barred cos of a lot of aggro at gigs so some were wearing punk mates leather jackets. 1st time seen Chelsea & Black Flag both were brilliant. Flag got lot of abuse cos the drummer wore a massive cowboy hat. First time I"ve ever seen anything live from this all-dayer. Hopefully more will surface.
      PAUL Swinton M/cr

  2. I was there that day. Up ft dudley on the coach . But I thought The Damned came on straight into wait for the blackout

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  4. I remember getting lost....making the gig ...about 2 in the afternoon missing a couple of bands....but the best ones was on later