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 23 June 2018

Buzzcocks Finsbury Park London 23rd June 1996

It's hard to think that this first UK reappearance of the Pistols was 22 years ago! Buzzcocks supported in the day and their set was broadcast on Radio 1.

The day was something of a party occasion. The weather was fine and itbrought out multitides of punks, new and old. I recall seeing Tim and Gaye, Charlie and many mates from Uxbridge and Sussex.

The Pistols on the day were incredible, albeit rather distant for me. That idea, perpetuated by Malcolm, that they couldn't play was blown out of the water (plus by '96 they were all very accomplished musicians by virtue of other projects!).

Check out 'Filthy Lucre Live' for the Pistols contribution to the day, but here's what Buzzcocks did.



01. Interview
02. You Say You Don't Love Me
03. What Am I Supposed To Do?
04. Hold Me Close
05. Playing For Time
06. Love You More
07. Harmony In My Head
08. What Do I Get?
09. Back With You
10. Boredom


  1. hello,
    there is another version of that recording around and it does sound a million time better than this one.
    do you want it??
    files doesn't looks too much lossless but still more frequencies left than on this one

    1. Vince, I'd love to hear it. It was a great gig. A friend taped it off the radio while I was at the gig, but another friend's deck chewed it up. I'd love to hear it again.