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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Thursday 15 December 2016

Public Image Limited Glasgow Barrowlands 14th May 1986

Having this week taken delivery of the rather special 'Album' Super Deluxe box set I was minded of this gig. The new box set contains a now official recording of the band at the Brixton Academy. This was an extremely ill-tempered gig which happened to be the first time that I saw PiL.

In my view Public Image Limited were at a second career peak at the time of this album and tour. The music was challenging and inventive, but the real difference came with his new band (essentially the band he has reformed PiL with now, less John McGeogh). Unlike the lackluster collection of session musicians that Lydon pulled together for the 1983 dates, the PiL of 1986 were cohesive and vibrant.

On the one hand Lydon was happy to deliver 'Pretty Vacant' to those that wanted it, whilst on the other he baffled the audience with inclusion of Kashmir by none other than...... Led Zepplin!

Here is an edited version of the Barrowlands gig (originally broadcast on Radio Clyde I believe).

Thanks to the sharer.

MP3 (as received):

01. Kashmir
02. FFF
03. Annalisa
04. Fishing
05. Poptones
06. Pretty Vacant
07. Home
08. Banging The Door
09. Flowers Of Romance
10. Bags
11. Tie Me To The Length Of That

12. Round


  1. Nice one Adrian - probably the earliest recording of PiL with the great John McGeoch who joined the band just before their 1986 UK tour which ran from May 7 to 28. It was McGeoch who suggested the opening track, Led Zeppelin's 'Kashmir' , which would be the set opener throughout the year. The single Home was released on April 21. A FLAC version of this FM broadcast (with tracks in a different order) is over here: Also see

    Cheers, Dave Sez.

  2. Thanks for the background Dave. Have a great Christmas!