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 20 February 2016

A Fine Pair Of Bristols!

Hugh and Jet BBC West

Two venues, two albums, one year, one city. If you were lucky enough to have been in Bristol back in 1981 who could have had the opportunity to see the band in town twice in the space of 9 months. The band have long had a close relationship with Brisol, primarily through Hugh's connections I suppose. However it came about, it seems that Bristol also had a thing for The Stranglers. BBC West, filmed the band when they played at The Granary in November and the also filmed the Black Documentary with Hugh and Jet.

Thanks to the two who helped me out with these recordings. Cheers!

The Locarno Bristol 9th February 1981 (The Men In Black Tour)

The Locarno on Frogmore Street (now student flats)

01. Waltzinblack
02. Threatened
03. The Raven
04. Toiler On The Sea
05. Just Like Nothing On Earth
06. Thrown Away
07. Who Wants The World?
08. Don't Bring Harry
09. Waiting For The Meninblack
10. Meninblack
11. Four Horsemen
12. Second Coming
13. Hallow To Our Men
14. Nuclear Device
15. Genetix
16. (Break)
17. Duchess
18. Hanging Around
19. Down In The Sewer

The Granary 11th November 1981 (La Folie Tour)

The Granary on Welsh Back Street (now flats and a fish restaurant)

The venue featured in The Old Testament footage of the band from this gig. It looks like my kind of venue and now also sadly no more.

Looking for information for this post I stumbled on a TV piece on the venue that includes a clip of 'Duchess'.

01. Waltzinblack
02. Just Like Nothing On Earth
03. Who Wants The World?
04. I Feel Like A Wog
05. Tramp
06. Second Coming
07. Baroque Bordello
08. Golden Brown
09. Pin Up
10. Thrown Away
11. Tank
12. The Man They Love To Hate
13. Let Me Introduce You To The Family
14. Bring On The Nubile
15. Duchess
16. Nuclear Device
17. Genetix

Let's here it for the little grungy venues!


  1. Many thanks for sharing.
    Mr. C

  2. Hi Adrian,

    Just to let you and your readers know that there is a CD bootleg of the Locarno gig which adds two extra tracks - 18. Hanging Around, 19. Down in the Sewer available in a @320 rip over here:

    Cheers, Dave Sez.

  3. Hi again, having just got your FLAC version (after some downtime at WeTransfer), I see it also has the extra two tracks included tho' not on your setlist above. Thanks!

    Cheers, Dave Sez.

  4. I was at the Granary gig.

    The Granary was a popular rock venue in the 70's and 80's. Proper spit and sawdust venue with live bands on Friday nights and a heavy rock disco on Saturdays.

    True fact. The Granary had a wine bar in the basement called Charlottes which was used to film the scene where Del Boy fell though the bar in only fools and horses.