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.
Sunday, 12 January 2020
The Adverts Electric Circus Manchester 26th June 1977
Ok then, to kick this off, here's a pretty good early recording from the legendary punk venue, second only to The Roxy, the Electric Circus in Manchester.
When The Adverts outgrew the fanzine punk scene and came to the attention of the 'serious' music weeklies they were invariably picked up for an apparent lack of playing ability, in this respect Gaye in particular was targeted. However, listen to this recording, made just six months after their first gig at the aforementioned Roxy on 15th January. Tonight's gig saw The Adverts sandwiched between the headliners, The Damned and The Prefects from Birmingham. According to the gigography on Tim's homepage, this was the 50th gig that the band had played and given this fact, I think that the band sound tight, if not musically sophisticated.
This, an audience recording, really gives the listener a flavour of what those early club gigs were like prior to both The Damned and The Adverts breaking into the bigger venues.... The Top Rank Ballrooms and various Sports Halls. Mancunian lads pass comment throughout the set and you can hear the occasional pint glass meeting its end.