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, 10 February 2018

20 From '86 (8) Dead Kennedys Freebourn Hall UC Davis CA 21st February 1986

This is I believe the last gig that the DKs (in their original incarnation) played before the court case and split. I have said elsewhere on this site that I was fully anticipating seeing the band in the UK in 1986, but thanks to Tipper Gore and the blessed Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) the band were broken.

Everything the Dead Kennedys did was just fantastic and whilst 'Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables' will always be THE album in most people's eyes they were consistent. For me every one of their albums has stood the test of time. They were a constant thorn in the side of complacent, conservative America.... God knows what they would have produced in the face of the current situation and the unfortunate incumbent in the White House.

This set features much of the material from the 'Frankenchrist' album.


01. Goons Of Hazzard
02. Hellnation
03. Terminal Preppie
04. When Ya Get Drafted
05. Rambozo The Clown
06. This Could By Anywhere
07. Soup is a Good Food
08. Chemical Warfare
09. The Man With The Dogs
10. MTV Gett Of The Air
11. Triumph Of The Swill

01. Kill The Poor
02. A Child And His Lawnmower
03. Jock-O-Rama
04. Chicken Farm
05. Holiday in Cambodia
06. Commercial, Bleed For Me
07. Too Drunk To Fuck
08. Moral Majority
09. We've Got a Bigger Problem

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