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

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Charge Top Rank Reading 3rd October 1982

Following on from yesterdays Damned post a great supporter of this site over the years sent me the Charge, that night's support (in fact support for the whole tour) set from the same gig. Cheers!

Other than knowing the band's name I am completely unfamiliar with their stuff but a quick listen reveals a competent band that remind me on certain numbers of Theatre of Hate (maybe the vocal) - a band they also supported in their time.

Some further information on Charge can be found here in a piece written by their drummer on Stu, their singer and guitarist who passed away some years ago. 

01. Can I Go To Heaven Now
02. Illusion Of Fairness
03. Fur Creatures
04. Madman Of The North
05. Luxury
06. Perfection
07. Dancing On Graves
08. No One Knows
09. Sir Hugo
10. Dead For Years
11. Gasman
12. First For A Title
13. Absolution
14. King’s Cross

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