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

Sunday 15 May 2016

Toyah The Rainbow London 21st February 1981

Toyah did not support The Stranglers, but Toyah Willcox did lend a helping hand at the early April Rainbow gigs as a guest vocalist.

Here is a soundboard recording of the band Toyah playing in their own right at the Rainbow. This is, I think, an audio rip of the long deleted BBC Video of the band's appearance at the North London venue. I remember seeing this high on the shelf of my local record shop (Rounder Records in Burgess Hill - now long gone) for £20 or more. A fortune then. I think that Toyah Live at the Rainbow may have been the second ever video music release after Gary Numan's 'Touring Principle'.

Thanks for the trade.

Toyah helps out at The Rainbow (April 1980)


01. War Boys
02. Neon Womb
03. Waiting
04. Tribal Look
05. Ghosts
06. Victims Of The Riddle
07. Race Through Space
08. Angels And Demons
09. Insects
10. It’s A Mystery
11. Danced
12. Ieya


  1. sounds great after all these years many thanks!

  2. sounds great after all these years many thanks!