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.

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Sunday, 3 November 2019

999 The Old Waldorf San Francisco 4th April 1979 and 2nd July 1979

For some reason, 999 have always had a very good relationship with the US. This was never more so in the years 1979 to 1981. By happy coincidence this corresponded with a period in the UK where any band in anyway associated with the madness of 1977 were considered to be rather unclean. In contrast, US audiences with a taste for British punk and New Wave bands (having arrived a little late to the party) enjoyed tours from many bands who were no longer fairing so well back home.

When comparing British audiences with US audiences, I think it was Gary Numan who said, after ample experience of gigs on both sides of the Atlantic, British audiences demanded to be entertained and were very critical is things didn't run to plan, whereas the US audiences went out in the evening with the express intention to enjoy themselves no mater what.

Maybe this was the key to 999's success Stateside, the fact that receptive American audiences embraced the energy emanating from the stage that was 999's stock in trade.


4th April 1979:

4th April 1979

01. Let’s Face It
02. Hit Me
03. Soldier
04. Me & My Desire
05. Feelin’ Alright With The Crew
06. Crazy
07. Made A Fool Of You
08. Inside Out
09. Out Of Reach
10. Titanic (My Over Reaction)
11. No Pity
12. Homicide
13. Emergency
14. I’m Alive
15. Nasty Nasty
16. My Street Stinks
17. Boiler
(1st Set)

01. Pick It Up
02. Inside Out
03. Let’s Face It
04. Hit Me
05. Me & My Desire
06. Feelin’ Alright With The Crew
07. Crazy
08. Oi You
09. Action
10. Made A Fool Of You
11. Titanic (My Over Reaction)
12. No Pity
13. Homicide
14. Emergency
15. I’m Alive
16. Nasty Nasty
17. My Street Stinks
18. Boiler
(2nd Set)

2nd July 1979
01. Quite Disappointing
02. Let’s Face It
03. Hit Me
04. Soldier
05. Feelin’ Alright With The Crew
06. Rael Rean
07. Crazy
08. Lie, Lie, Lie
09. Made A Fool Of You
10. Titanic (My Over Reaction)
11. Emergency
12. Nasty Nasty
13. I’m Alive
14. Homicide
15. My Street Stinks
16. Shake
17. Boiler
(1st Set)

01. Pick It Up
02. My Street Stinks
03. Hit Me
04. Me & My Desire
05. Let’s Face It
06. Action
07. Feelin’ Alright With The Crew
08. Lie, Lie, Lie
09. Nobody Knows
10. Inside Out
11. Titanic (My Over Reaction)
12. Rael Rean
13. Emergency
14. Nasty Nasty
15. Homicide
16. Quite Disappointing
17. Boiler
(2nd Set)

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