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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, 30 April 2018
The Clash Victoria Park Hackney 30th April 1978
Now this is a big anniversary gig! 40 years to the day when one of the most important gigs in British punk history took place in Victoria Park in London's Hackney. Really the culmination of several years of activism throughout the mid-70's against the far right whose parties, The National Front and The British Movement, were at what was to be the pinnacle of their popularity.
Of course gigs continued to be smashed up after Rock Against Racism had run its course, but in many ways this festival seemed to break the will of those organisations of the far right who then turned on themselves.
Not originally billed, but one of the main draws of the day were The Clash.
01. Complete Control
02. London’s Burning
03. Clash City Rockers
04. Tommy Gun
05. Jail Guitar Doors
06. White Man in Hammersmith Palais
07. Last Gang in Town
08. Police and Thieves
09. English Civil War
10. Guns on the Roof
11. Capital Radio
12. White Riot
Oh Gawd, its Jimmy!