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 2 December 2017

Bath Pavilion 3rd December 1981

Here is an anniversary gig from a mind boggling 36 years ago. From the 'La Folie' tour, the set list features some really heard tracks from what for my money is the band's most underrated album.

Some time ago, Phil Coxon wrote up his tour diary for the dates that he did (not to mention the hardships that he endured following the band on a shoestring budget on a UK tour in December!) for the official site.

Here's what he had to ay about that night in Bath.

'I’m on my own from now on as Dean has used all his holidays. I get there pretty late but luckily bump into JJ and the tour manager outside and get in just as Taxi Girl are finishing. I quite like them, some venues they go down well and some not so well. Mark is a big fan of Taxi Girl and we stand in the foyer talking to them as we wait for The Stranglers. There’s a couple of faces that are looking familiar too-Krista and Lynsey who hail from Evesham.

As Waltzinblack starts I wonder if there will be any trouble here as there was on the WWTW tour when JJ decked a skinhead on stage. I have a look around but can’t see any skinheads. The show passes off trouble free. It’s a good crowd with proper security–you know they’re there but
they don’t stop anyone having a good time! There’s a couple of mini stage invasions… One lad can’t quite make it fully on stage so he just lies there while JJ virtually stands on him with that sick, sadistic smile on his face. As the song ends, he thanks JJ and crawls back into the crowd! I manage to clamber up by the speakers and get a really good view and start working overtime with the camera.

Brilliant gig tonight, really enjoyable helped by unobtrusive bouncers. The night ends with a train to Bristol and another night in the waiting room…'

Cheers to Phil for the photo and the words.


01. Intro
02. Non Stop
03. Threatened
04. Just Like Nothing On Earth
05. Second Coming
06. The Man They Love To Hate
07. Meninblack
08. Who Wants The World
09. Baroque Bordello
10. Golden Brown
11. Tramp
12. Thrown Away
13. How To Find True Love And Happiness In The Present Day
14. Tank
15. Let Me Introduce You To The Family
16. Nuclear Device/ Genetix
17. Audience
18. Bring On The Nubiles
19. Duchess
20. The Raven

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