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

Sunday, 27 May 2018

A Punky Reggae Party in Hatfield Today!

Like a 1969's revue tour, over this bank holiday weekend four of the biggest bands to ever imprint themselves in my consciousness are playing three dates across the country. Think The Two Tone Tour or The Stiff tours. We want more of this stuff, and at £40 for the four I hope it takes off!

Here's a few recordings to mark the event. Hopefully some of the sets from over the weekend will crop up in the coming weeks.

The Selecter - BBC 6 Music Session 10th October 2017


01. Interview
02. Frontline
03. Interview
04. Interview
05. The Big Badoof
06. Closing Comments

Stiff Little Fingers - The Waterfront Norwich 27th March 2017


01. Intro
02. Breakout
03. Straw Dogs
04. Just Fade Away
05. My Dark Places
06. Safe As Houses
07. Nobody's Hero
08. Each Dollar A Bullet
09. The Roaring Boys
10. At The Edge
11. Barbed Wire Love
12. Guilty As Sin
13. Roots, Radicals, Rockers & Reggae
14. When We Were Young
15. Strummerville
16. Wasted Life
17. Tin Soldiers
18. Suspect Device
19. Johnny Was
20. Gotta Gettaway
21. Alternative Ulster

The Beat - WDR Studio B Cologne Germany 23rd July 1980


01. Pussy Price
02. Two Swords
03. Tears Of A Clown
04. Big Shot
05. Rough Rider
06. Best Friend
07. Can't Get Used To Losing You
08. Hands Off...She's Mine
09. Twist And Crawl
10. Noise In This World
11. Whine And Grine
12. Ranking Full Stop
13. Mirror In The Bathroom
14. Encore Break
15. Click Click
16. Jackpot

Buzzcocks - O2 Academy Oxford 22nd October 2016


01. Boredom
02. Fast Cars
03. Totally From The Heart
04. I Don't Mind
05. People Are Strange Machines
06. What Ever Happened To?
07. Autonomy
08. Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore
09. Moving Away From The Pulsebeat
10. Nothing Left
11. Sick City Sometimes
12. It's Not You
13. Love You More
14. Promises
15. Noise Annoys
16. You Say You Don't Love Me
17. Time's Up
18. What Do I Get?
19. Orgasm Addict
20. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
21. Harmony In My Head

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