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.
Friday, 19 April 2019
The Beat Hammersmith Odeon London 1980
Following on from Roger's obituary piece, it is fitting that a recording of his band leads the 2 Tone charge.
This appears to be a radio broadcast from London's Hammersmith Odeon. The exact date is unknown, however, the majority of the material is from the first album 'I Just Can't Stop It', although a couple of songs that appear on the follow up 'Wha'ppen' are played here, namely 'Walk Away' and 'Doors to Your Heart'. Interestingly, the song 'Jeanette' did not make a vinyl release until 1982's offering 'Special Beat Service'.
Such is the quality of The Beat's output that, at least in my opinion, the music has really stood the test of time and belies the fact that the majority of these songs were unleashed upon the record buying public 39 years ago! Sadly, some of the subject matter is still very relevant today, poor employment opportunities ('Get-a-Job'), mental health issues ('Mirror in the Bathroom') and...... 'Stand Down Theresa' anyone?
01. Walk Away
03. Big Shot
04. Tears Of A Clown
05. Twist & Crawl
06. Ranking Full Stop
07. Mirror In The Bathroom
08. Doors Of Your Heart
09. Hands Off...She's Mine
10. Get A Job
11. Stand Down Margaret
12. Too Nice Too Talk Too