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 adrianandrews1@sky.com.


Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Damned Bournemouth International Centre 27th November 2009


Here's the good Captain and crew entertaining the folks in Bournemoth some years back and warming them up for Motorhead.

FLAC: https://we.tl/UEWlUsmk2K

01. New Rose
02. Street Of Dreams
03. Neat Neat Neat
04. 13th Floor Vendetta
05. History Of The World
06. Under The Wheels
07. Lookin' At You
08. Eloise
09. Love Song
10. Smash It Up
11. Happy Talk

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Bristol Academy 1st October 2006


And a proper anniversary with this one from Bristol on the 'Suite XVI' tour.

FLAC: https://we.tl/m0M4hO1hvR

Artwork: https://we.tl/WYnx2Sh7q5

01. 5 Minutes
02. (Get A) Grip (on Yourself)
03. Spectre Of Love
04. Nice 'n' Sleazy
05. Death & Night & Blood
06. Unbroken
07. Peaches
08. Always The Sun
09. Golden Brown
10. I Hate You
11. Lost Control
12. Summat Outanowt
13. Walk On By

01. Relentless
02. Threatened
03. Burning Up Time
04. All Day & All Of The Night
05. Thrown Away
06. Duchess
07. London Lady
08. Nuclear Device
09. Dagenham Dave
10. No More Heroes

Killing Joke Ancienne Belgique 29th September 2008


Here's a near miss anniversary gig from the unstoppable Killing Joke. In the first night of two fans were treated to renditions of the first 'Killing Joke' album and their second 'What's This For...!'

Great sound to this one.

FLAC: https://we.tl/v1ADdukHA1

Artwork: https://we.tl/iMfkPiipOa

01. Intro
02. Requiem
03. Wardance
04. Tomorrow's World
05. Complications
06. Bloodsport
07. S.O.36
08. Primitive
09. The Fall Of Because
10. Tension
11. Unspeakable
12. Eighties

01. Who Told You How ?
02. Butcher
03. Madness
04. Exit
05. Follow The Leaders
06. The Wait
07. Pssyche
08. Encore
09. Speech
10. Love Like Blood
11. Fresh Fever
12. Change

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Joy Division Piccadilly Radio Session Pennine Sound Studios 4th June 1979


Last week I started reading 'Unknown Pleasures - Inside Joy Division' bassist Peter Hook's take on life within one of Britain's most original bands.

It was very late in the day when I started properly listening to the band. Apatr from 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and the handful of songs they performed on TV I was largely ignorant of their music. It was true that back in the day I had mates that were huge fans and conformed 100% to the JD fan stereotype. I am sure they wore their macs in bed! I took the band at face value and thought the misery exhibition stance to be a bit ridiculous. Thinking back I should have taken a look at myself, a big fan of those laugh a minute folks from Crass!

It was only when I saw the film 'Control' that I waded a bit deeper into their murky Mancunian waters buying the 'Heart and Soul' box set. Hook's book presents another side of Joy Division, an intense and driven band certainly, but not without humour. He expresses and issue with the perceived deification of Ian Curtis. Whilst Peter Hook recognises the poetic, romantic, other worldliness of his former lead singer he paints an alternative side to him that one would expect of a bloke in his early twenties in an up and coming band with a bunch of other blokes in their early twenties.

Here then is a session the band did for local Piccadilly Radio in the summer of 1979.

FLAC: https://we.tl/p6dqmzfi2u

01. These Days
02. Candidate
03. Chance (Atmosphere)
04. Atrocity Exhibision

Feeling in the mood I also created a lino print of Ian Curtis on stage.

Ian Curtis (Joy Division)
Lino print 30cm x 40cm
Black in on grey card (1 of 10)


Friday, 22 September 2017


Hard to believe that this goes back 10 years... time flies for old punks!

FLAC: https://we.tl/gvmww7Ynfg

01. Love Song
02. Second Time Around
03. I Just Can’t Be Happy Today
04. Disco Man
05. Generals
06. New Rose
07. Neat Neat Neat
08. 13th Floor Vendetta

01. I Fall
02. Fan Club
03. History Of The World
04. Ignite
05. Alone Again Or
06. Anti-Pope
07. Smash It Up
08. Eloise
09. Jet Boy Jet Girl
10. Wait For The Blackout
11. I Feel Alright

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Alhambra Dunfermline 10th March 2017


So with the announcement of the 2018 which sees a the band playing three dates again in Scotland, here is a reminder of the last tour when they played the wonderful Alhambra in Dunfermline. Uploaded here in 24/48 bit FLAC format and high quality 320 kbps MP3 format. My thanks as always goes to Chatts and MeAnIe!!

FLAC: https://we.tl/5UqHuAXrEf

MP3: https://we.tl/4TJbvwByeg

Artwork: https://we.tl/iJpPXuZG8t

01. Intro-The Raven
02. Was It You
03. Sometimes
04. Grip
05. 15 Steps
06. Nice-N-Sleazy
07. Never To Look Back
08. Midnight Summer Dream
09. Always The Sun
10. Strange Little Girl
11. Golden Brown
12. Bear Cage
13. Who Wants The World
14. Dagenham Dave
1.5 Freedom Is Insane
16. Peaches
17. Genetix
18. Hanging Around
19. 5 Minutes
20. Down In The Sewer
21. Encore-Relentless
22. Something Better Change
23. Encore-Go Buddy Go

24. No More Heroes

2018 Tour Dates Are In



Tuesday, 5 September 2017

What's my na-aa-aa-aa-me!

The Clash
15cm x 20cm linoprints 
Black ink on cream.

Joe

Paul

Topper

Mick

Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Playhouse Theatre Edinburgh 24th February 1981


A classic and much loved bootleg from 'The Men in Black' tour.

FLAC: https://we.tl/gWg9mOmbG3




Top Secret Volume 18 July 1989


Here is the latest installment of the wonderful 'Top Secret', here.

Buzzcocks Reading Festival 25th August 1990


Here is an early festival set from the recently reformed Buzzcocks, that at this point featured ex-Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, John Maher having returned to the States after the reunion tour of the previous year.

FLAC: https://we.tl/KYXErVwpYn

01. What Do I Get?
02. I Don't Mind
03. Love You More
04. Promises
05. Can You Hear Me?
06. Never Gonna Give It Up
07. Autonomy
08. Nothing Left
09. Successful Street
10. Everybody's Happy Nowadays
11. Harmony In My Head
12. Ever Fallen In Love…?
13. I Believe
14. Orgasm Addict
15. Mad Mad Judy
16. Boredom


Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Boring Annual Subscription Appeal


Hi Folks,

Sorry to bore you again with more of the same. I have just received notification that the first of the two We Transfer accounts that I currently maintain for this site is up for annual renewal. I won't repeat what I have said before since this can be seen on one of the permanent posts that can be found on the right hand side of the site.

I appreciate that in 2017 I have not been as prolific with my posts as in the previous six years. This has chiefly been down to the fact that a large proportion of my limited free time has this year been taken up with activities associated with the publication of my book on my Grandfather's wartime service. This became an absolute priority for me, not least because I was determined that the veterans that had so generously helped me with their invaluable memories that progressed my research had the opportunity to read the book. In this I  am not being morbid, just practical.

I still really enjoy maintaining this site and giving my own insights into The Stranglers, punk and anything else that floats my boat. I note that the majority of the blog sites that were up and running when I started Aural Sculptors in 2011 have fallen by the wayside. It is not my intention to do so for a while yet..... but it has costs associated with it. Over the years the same people have contributed and to them I am always grateful. To others, if you have ever downloaded anything from the site please consider contributing a pound or two.

All the best!

Adrian.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Oxegen Festival 13th July 2008


Okay, here's a gig from nine years ago, a short but great quality (soundboard) recording of the band at the Oxegen Festival in Ireland.

FLAC: https://we.tl/LvkrEkzTFF

01. Always The Sun
02. Peaches
03. Strange Little Girl
04. Golden Brown
05. Walk On By
06. All Day And All Of The Night
07. Something Better Change
08. Duchess
09. No More Heroes

Eastfield Victoria Inn Derby 13th August 2004


Here's an anniversary gig from Eastfield. This would have been around the time when my mate Chris was playing drums with them.

FLAC: https://we.tl/hR5uYHzyCO

01. Mannion
02. Fare Dodging
03. Broad Street Trash
04. Aspartame
05. Drive On Henry
06. Vic Bury
07. Revolution
08. Swayze
09. Pepper
10. Beast Of Bratislava
11. 47002
12. Henry Jackson
13. Bevland

Sunday, 6 August 2017

David Bowie Milton Keynes Bowl 5th August 1990


Here's another anniversary gig (well almost) from the late, great David Bowie. This was taken from his 1990 'Sound & Vision' tour. If I recall correctly this was the tour where he came up with the idea of the fans voting for what songs appeared in the tour set. 'The Laughing Gnome' was the runaway winner, but this was too much for Dave and the song never made it into the set!

Without Bowie and his undoubted musical genius, 90% of the bands who appear on these pages just would not exist.

FLAC: https://we.tl/S7xzUjkZIv

Artwork: https://we.tl/VIxaPBpxct

01. Intro
02. Space Oddity
03. Rebel Rebel
04. Ashes To Ashes
05. Fashion
06. Life On Mars
07. Blue Jean
08. Let's Dance
09. Stay
10. Ziggy Stardust
11. Station To Station

01. Station To Station (Continued)
02. Young Americans
03. China Girl
04. Suffragette City
05. Fame
06. Heroes
07. Jean Genie/Gloria
08. White Light/White Heat
09. Modern Love

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Adam and the Ants Cleopatra's Huddersfield 6th June 1980


Here's a gig from the revamped Ants. Here they played at Cleopatra's in Huddersfield, a date on Summer's 'Ants Invasion' tour. For some reason trouble had a habot of following the Ants from gig to gig. A friend in Hayes spoke of older acquaintances in the area who followed the band and they said that a fight was guaranteed. I recall talking to Tony Barber (ex-Buzzcocks) about our appreciation of early Ants stuff and he said the same thing about the violence that their gigs attracted. This gig is no exception, a fight breaks out in the crowd during 'Fall-in'. It must have been a significant punch-up as the police were called and the gig was abandoned.

Was anyone on here, there?

WAV: https://we.tl/BE6VkVsi2n

Artwork: https://we.tl/DTwNHArHgw

01. Physical (You're So)
02. Kings Of The Wild Frontier
03. Ants Invasion
04. Beat My Guest
05. Fall-In
06. Cleopatra
07. Kick!
08. Killer In The Home
09. Press Darlings
10. Tabletalk

The Robin 2 Bilston 15th July 2007


 I meant to post this yesterday, but beer got in the way! Here is an almost anniversary gig from the Midland, would you believe it, 10 years ago!

FLAC: https://we.tl/uRlRHqPE5u

Artwork: https://we.tl/iCDjP2Oxja

01. Intro
02. Toiler On The Sea
03. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
04. Spectre Of Love
05. Strange Little Girl
06. Unbroken
07. Peaches
08. Always The Sun
09. Golden Brown
10. I Hate You
11. Peasant In The Big Shitty

01. Lost Control
02. Thrown Away
03. Walk On By
04. Relentless
05. Burning Up Time
06. Straighten Out
07. All Day And All Of The Night
08. Duchess
09. London Lady
10. Nuclear Device
11. No More Heroes

The Stranglers at the Robin 2, Bilston
15th July 2007.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

20 From '84 (10) The Dickies Fender's Ballroom Long Beach CA 31st October 1984


And another from 1984....... Oh no! It's The Dickies! Run for your lives children.

FLAC: https://we.tl/FcKWhPAReb

Artwork: https://we.tl/YGVrDf06rh

01. Nobody But Me
02. Nights In White Satin
03. You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)
04. Pretty Please Me Walk Like An Egg
05. Doggy Doo
06. Tricia Toyota
07. Fan Mail
08. She’s A Hunchback
09. Saga Of Jim Bowie
10. Curb Job
11. Manny, Moe And Jack
12. Paranoid
13. Munster’s Theme/Monster Mash
14. Banana Splits

Dreamers Awake Exhibition

An exhibition has come to my attention entitled 'Dreamers Awake' at the White Cube Gallery (http://whitecube.com/exhibitions/dreamers_awake_bermondsey_2017/) in Bermondsey. Included in this exhibition is this iconic piece that is familiar to us all!

The exhibition runs to 17th September.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jul/14/linder-sterling-its-the-buzz-cock-two-fingered-salute-patriarchy

Monday, 10 July 2017

A One Off Missive by The DDL (Dickies Defence League)


'The Most Dangerous Band in America!' screamed one banner headline in the on-going, and most unexpected, punk rock furore surrounding veteran L.A. punk band The Dickies. This weekend the band enjoyed a brief respite from the controversy with a trip to the UK. I will not regurgitate the background here (just google The Dickes and it is there). Part of the discussion revolves around a concept of safe spaces at gigs. I was curious as to just what this meant, so I looked it up. The idea of safe spaces originated the UK in the educational arena and this I understand. It was intended to be a clear statement that in educational institutions that adopted the 'safe space' policy harassment based upon an individual's sexual orientation would not be tolerated. In the US, the concept is more closely aligned to the right of women to be free of sexual harassment. All fine by me. The thing that I question here whether or not a gig is an appropriate place to create such safe spaces.


Mates Chris and Laura at the Underworld
7th July 2017.

Compare and contrast. Attendance at schools is compulsory and whilst the vast majority of school kids are diligently going about the business of gaining a good education with which they can make a meaningful contribution to society in the years to come, a minority are arseholes who diligently behave in such a way as to make the lives of some a misery (my own kids have for many years had to contend with Nazi comments - they are one quarter German!. In this context, vulnerable children certainly deserve the protection that the safe space concept can offer. This is a very different scenario to a gig, an event attended by choice. The idea of safe spaces here makes little sense to me. In fact it seems to me to be another step towards the trend to abdicate the individual from personal responsibility in terms of one's own safety. At the front of a gig there will forever be a handful of sad, opportunist individuals who think that they can get away with groping someone. This is of course completely repugnant behavior and whilst I am not a violent person I have had it out with individuals who I have seen doing this. But, but, if a gig gets ugly or threatening, the most obvious thing to do is to move away to the sanctuary of an designated safe space. I have always found that the back of the hall or the bar serves this purpose very well.

Let me put this in terms of threats that I have faced (never having been groped at a gig). Over the years I have been to quite a few gigs where politically fueled violence has erupted in the crowd. In each and every case I have not protested my right to enjoy the gig unmolested by fascists.... I have always had the good sense to get the hell out of the way. I would consider this to be a case of taking personal responsibility for my safety. If we were to be accepting of the introduction of safe spaces at punk gigs (or any gigs for that mater) at what point do we draw the line..... tube carriages segregated along gender lines (for surely some of the highest incidences of sexual assault occur on crowded trains)?

So back to The Dickies. I have heard what Leonard said to the protester, it was wrong and as the man said himself 'it wasn't my proudest moment', but faced with some serious allegations, not least predatory sexual behaviour towards minors.... I guess one can loose it in such an outburst. I would say this, I have been seeing The Dickies since 1990 when they made a their first return to the UK in over a decade. Since then I have seen them many, many times and I have never been offended by them because I understand the music, the props, the humour, everything about their hugely entertaining sets. Last year I took my kids to see them in Bristol. At the time my daughter was 14 years old. Never did I have any second thoughts about the suitability taking her to such a gig.

On this tour with echoes of the Pistols shambolic 'Anarchy Tour' forty years ago, UK gigs started to get cancelled in response to what was being said on social media..... gigs in Leicester and Norwich were axed.

As many commentators on this issue have already said, rock 'n' roll, let alone punk rock, has been obsessed with sex since Bill Haley first stepped on stage and no aspect of human sexuality has escaped its attention....... Gary Puckett and the Union Gap anyone! I trust that Leonard and Co can quickly put this behind them and continue doing what they have been doing to the delight of thousands of fans for the last forty years.

Adrian, Gunta and Stan Lee
7th July 2017.





Saturday, 1 July 2017

Green Day Great Woods P.A.C. Mansfield Mass. 31st May 1998


Sommat's going down in Hyde Park today and sadly it I'm not there (a hernia operation on Tuesday put paid to that!). No, there's a gaggle of gnarly old punks gathering for what looks a little like a battle of the bands...... old punk versus 'new' punk. Topping the bill are Green Day and here is a radio broadcast from shortly after the release of their fifth studio album 'Nimrod'.

Good luck to SLF, The Stranglers and The Damned. To all that are their enjoy yourselves!

FLAC: https://we.tl/LZK7VhCBO3

01. Nice Guys Finish Last
02. Hitchin' A Ride
03. Geek Stink Breath
04. Welcome To Paradise
05. Longview
06. Iron Man
07. Master Of Puppets
08. Eye Of The Tiger
09. Brain Stew/ Jaded
10. Knowledge
11. Basket Case
12. She
13. King For A Day
14. When I Come Around
15. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

20 From '84 (9) The Damned Nostell Priory Festival 24th August 1984


This was something of a watershed gig for our old friends, The Damned. It was the first gig without the good Captain at the wheel. Sir Sensible had abandoned ship, with the GLC benefit gig in Brockwell Park three weeks earlier being his last. The pressures of his unexpected successful solo career had mounted to the extent that the required commitment to The Damned was no longer possible. Roman Jugg stepped out from behind the keyboards to take up the vacant guitarist position.

1984 was certainly a tumultuous year in what had been a tumultuous carer to date for The Damned, however as yet unbeknown to the band, they would within the next 18 months achieve commercial success, the likes of which they had not seen up to then or indeed since.

MP3 (as received): https://we.tl/Q2W9AFGt3o

01. Love Song
02. Ignite
03. Disco Man
04. Wait For The Blackout
05. Stranger On The Town
06. Born To Kill
07. Do The Blitz
08. Nasty
09. Limit Club
10. Melody Lee
11. Neat Neat Neat
12. Looking At You
13. Smash It Up
14. Noise Noise Noise
15. New Rose
16. We Love You
17. Love Song
18. Thanks For The Night
19. Pretty Vacant

JJ Burnel and Baz Warne on BBC Radio 4's 'Loose Ends' March 2012


Here is a new one to me. Back in March 2012, JJ and Baz provided the musical portion of an episode of BBC Radio 4's 'Loose Ends' programme. Here then is an acoustic version of 'Boom Boom' followed by the briefest anecdote from Blur's Alex James concerning fellow cheese enthusiast, one Dave Greenfield. Thanks for the share!

MP3 (as received): https://we.tl/fII46hcdA4

Monday, 26 June 2017

Book Update


Good evening all! I just wanted to say a big thank you to all those who have purchased a copy of my book 'A Pithead Polar Bear' to date. I am really pleased with the way that the sales are going. So far, 108 books of the 150 print run are accounted for. It is quite something for me to think that this humble family history is to be found on the bookshelves of friends and colleagues in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, America, Canada and Australia. Thank you one and all!

Adrian x

http://apitheadpolarbear.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 23 June 2017

The Skids The Junction Cambridge 15th June 2017


I was never their biggest fan, I just have half a dozen singles and a greatest hits, but I was very impressed with the way they played and RJ managed the proceedings with passion and humour. Dedications to the emergency services in London and to Stuart Adamson were heart felt and moving. Oh, and fair play to them for finishing off with a brand new song!

Many thanks to the original Dime uploader!

FLAC: https://we.tl/iHVErlJcdH

Artwork: https://we.tl/04wel98O0N

01. Animation
02. Of One Skin
03. Melancholy Soldiers
04. Thanatos
05. Dulce Et Decorum Est
06. Working For The Yankee Dollar
07. The Saints Are Coming
08. Scared To Dance
09. Charles
10. Olympian
11. Out Of Town
12. Hurry On Boys
13. A Woman In Winter
14. Circus Games
15. Masquerade
16. Into The Valley

01. Crowd
02. Charade
03. TV Stars
04. A World On Fire




Wednesday, 21 June 2017

20 From '84 (8) Dead Kennedys Pine Street Theatre Portland Oregon 16th October 16 1984


One now from the most important punk bands of all, the formidable Dead Kennedys. Here's a great sounding set from the band that features much material from their controversial, and ultimately career ending, album 'Frankenchrist'.

The trouble started in the States. Alternative Tentacles included with initial copies of the album a poster bearing the album's name against a backdrop of a piece of artwork by renowned artist H.R. Geiger. It is a piece that was always likely to court controversy, both in the US and indeed wherever the album was sold.


Many people literally saw their arse and this landed the DKs in the dock . I have some reports from the times of the trial that I will post at the weekend.

As an aside, when the album came out I was participating in a 24 hour darts marathon with mates, raising some money for charity. I asked my parents to go into town and by me the album. Luckily for me the distributors of the album in the UK made the decision to remove the poster from the sleeve prior to sale. Those wanting the complete package had to write to the label 'Alternative Tentacles' to claim their poster. This I duly did..... is it worth much!?

FLAC: https://we.tl/bvXqbvFWsn

01. Intro
02. Soup Is Good Food
03. Hellnation
04. This Could Be Anywhere (This Could Be Everywhere)
05. Chat
06. When You Get Drafted
07. Terminal Preppie
08. MTV Get Off The Air
09. A Child And His Lawnmower
10. Chat
11. Jock-O-Rama
12. Moral Majority
13. Chat
14. Kill The Poor
15. Chat
16. Macho Insecurity
17. Chat
18. Police Truck
19. Chat
20. Goons Of Hazard
21. Chat W\ Truckin’ Tease
22. Government Flu
23. Bleed For Me
24. Chat
25. Short Songs
26. Nazi Punks Fuck Off

Darts marathon, many moons (over Marin) ago.... the shorts indicate the age! (I'm on the right in the 'The Day The Country Died' shirt.... minus sleeves of course!

Remembering Corporal P. W. Pimlott 7th South Staffordshire Regiment Killed in Action 7th August 1944



As ‘A Pithead Polar Bear’ was in its final stages of preparation, I received an email requesting some assistance in providing information about the South Staffordshire Regiments in Normandy. The email came from Paul Simpson MBE, a retired warrant officer, who is researching the service of his great uncle, Corporal Peter W. Pimlott of the 7th South Staffords. As this enquiry neatly coincided with a planned return to Normandy I said that if at all possible I would visit Corporal Pimlott’s plot in the Banneville-la-Campagne cemetery and lay a Royal British Legion cross.


Corporal Pimlott was killed in action with the 7th South Staffordshire Regiment on 7th August 1944 in the Grimbosq bridgehead established in order to allow the 59th (Staffordshire) Division to cross the River Orne. He survived just 41 days in Normandy.


Yesterday I received an email from Paul with a photograph of his great uncle’s mounted medals.