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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Wednesday 15 August 2018

The Damned - An Early Gig Review Manor Hill School Finchley November 1976

Whilst sorting through some papers, I found the review below. Short and sweet from mid November '76 is must be one of the earlier live reviews of the mainstream music press. Billed as 'Punks At The High School' this gig saw The Damned play the Manor Hill School in Finchley (where Eater's Andy Blade and Brian Chevette went). The reviewer comments that 'There were more people on the stage that in the audience, but nobody cared'. I believe that some of these stage inders were Finchley Boys, who only five days before this gig had had their first encounter with The Stranglers at the Torrington.

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