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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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Adam Ant - Kings Of The Wild Frontier - Then And Now

1980 vintage Adam & The Ants

'Kings of the Wild Frontier' was the first album that I bought with hard earned pocket money. It was 1980 and I was big on the Ants. The album purchase followed on from my buying 'Antmusic'. The other singles followed as I back filled the collection courtesy of Les's record market stall in Burgess Hill. 'Press Darlings', 'Kick', 'Lady', the b-sides were always as good as the A-sides in my opinion. This was even more the case with some of the later singles released when the Adam had realised his ambition and transformed his band from a cult outfit to one that could safely be asked to play a Royal Variety Performance. Chart and child friendly A-sides were backed with re-recordings of much earlier as then unreleased material that was darker and infinitely more exiting, 'Beat My Guest', 'Christian D'ior' and 'Red Scab'.

The album came with a 'catalogue' that introduced the listener to the band. It also listed the bands likes and dislikes and so it was that I became familiar with punk and the like (although it was some time before I understood Marco's passion for 'original Sex clothing'!

With the 'Kings' album, there was still something dark in their sound which very much disappeared in 1981 through to the bands demise in early 1982.

Here's a recording of the band captured in New York in April 1981.

01. Prelude
02. The Human Beings
03. Dog Eat Dog
04. Stand And Deliver
05. Magnificent Five
06. Don't Be Square (Be There)
07. Los Rancheros
08. Ants Invasion
09. Killer In The Home
10. Cleopatra
11. Press Darlings
12. Kick
13. Fall In
14. Beat My Guest
15. Jolly Roger
16. Zerox
17. Cartrouble
18. Antmusic
19. Kings Of The Wild Frontier
20. A.N.T.S.
21. Physical

In 2016, following successful gigs centred on the magnificent @Dirk Wears White Sox' album, Adam once again took 'Kings of the Wild Frontier' on the road, I have friends who went to Brighton, London and Brixton and all reported the gigs to be great.

Here he is playing the De Montfort Hall in Leicester.


01.  Dog Eat Dog  
02.  Antmusic  
03.  Feed Me To The Lions
04.  Los Rancheros
05.  Ants Invasion  
06.  Killer in the Home
07.  Kings of the Wild Frontier
08.  Magnificent Five
09.  Don't Be Square (Be There)
10. Jolly Roger  
11. Making History  
12. Human Beings
13. Beat My Guest  
14. Christian D'or  
15. Press Darlings
16. Stand and Deliver  
17. Vive Le Rock
18. Cartrouble  
19. Desperate But Not Serious
20. Zerox  
21. Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)
22. Lady  
23. Goody Two Shoes
24. Prince Charming
25. Encore Break
26. Get It On  
27. Red Scab
28. Physical (You're So)

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