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.

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Sunday 4 March 2018

20 From '86 (9) Attila The Stockbroker The Basement Brighton 11th January 1986

This was my second time of seeing Attila The Stockbroker, the first being in the Autumn of 1985 at the Zap Club (also in Brighton) when he stepped in for The Neurotics who had pulled out (no pun intended) after Steve Drewett had undergone a wisdom tooth extraction.

In early January 1986 all of these Harlow minstrels descended on Brighton once again.

Armed with an early dictaphone (!) I recorded Attila's set. As you can imagine the sound is not pristine but it is listenable and it does capture early-ish Attila.


01. Radio Rap
02. Every Time I Eat Vegetables It Makes Me Think Of You
03. The Livingstone Rap
04. Short Sharp Shock Identity Card Mergermania
05. Spew Up On A Saracen
06. Vomit On A Viking
07. Stick A Pin In A Finn
08. Russians In The D.H.S.S.
09. Russians In McDonalds
10. Rain/Bedtime/River Poem
11. A Bang And A Wimpy
12. My Wardrobe Is Like A Garden
13. Andi Is A Corporatist
14. Airstrip One

1 comment:

  1. I loved the Basement, it was a great venue and had that underground (literally) feel to it. Saw many bands there but one of my favourites was the Chiefs of Relief