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.
Saturday, 9 November 2019
Sex Pistols Brixton Academy London 8th November 2007
Ah... Johnny. A character that truly divides opinion. Years ago, I viewed him as something akin to a national treasure, a man with a keen observational eye for the issues that we have in this country. With both of his bands he moved the boundaries (I have to admit here that I always preferred PiL to the Pistols). Two of my greatest gigs are PiL gigs (Brixton Academy in May 1986 and Heaven in April 2012), but the Sex Pistols were great too on the one occasion I did see them in Finsbury Park in 1996. On each of those occasions, there was something about him (and the musicians that he was playing with), but his most recent outings in front of cameras have been rather depressing..... his views on Trump and a very embarrassing showdown with Marky Ramone on a US broadcast in which a panel discussed punk.
This trio of gigs though were good ones with his first band on top form.
02. Pretty Vacant
04. No Feelings
05. New York
06. Did You No Wrong
08. Holidays In The Sun
10. Stepping Stone
11. No Fun
13. God Save The Queen
16. Anarchy In The UK
17. Baghdad Was A Gas