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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Thursday 31 October 2019

999 The Vortex 30th August 1977

Again perhaps the earliest surviving live recording of the band (outside band members and early associates at least). Interestingly, seven of the songs in this 42 year old recording, from the '77 London punk club second only to The Roxy, still appear in the set to this day. Testament to their enduring quality! A clear indication of the fact that this is early in the band's career is that no less than three songs are played twice over the course of a 40 minute set!


01. Nasty Nasty
02. Pick It Up
03. Hit Me
04. Quite Disappointing
05. Jam Me Up
06. My Street Stinks
07. Emergency
08. I’m Alive
09. No Pity
10. Chicane Destination
11. My Street Stinks
12. Nobody Knows
13. Nasty Nasty
14. I’m Alive

Dates that preceded the Vortex appearance were printed in the 30th July issue of Sounds.


  1. if you can get hold of their English Wipeout cd..there's 2 full gigs on it and one is from the Electric Circus, Manchester from 2 days earlier.

  2. Oh yeah, I have that but didn't think to check. Cheers!