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

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

The Members The Warfield Theater San Francisco 15th August 1980

Here is a superb mixing desk gig by The Members from San Francisco..... the 'Urgh A Music war!' gig. Great sound from a band at the top of their game. many thanks to the original Dime uploader... upload is as it appears on Dime. Cheers.




  1. Hi Adrian, I've got the sets by the other 3 bands [all SBD/MP3] if you want them...think about it and get back to me.

  2. Nice one, Adrian, always time for the Members! This one is from collector/engineer Terry Hammer, who recorded a series of classic acts (Dead Kennedys, Jam, XTC, Magazine, Ultravox, Gang of Four, as well as this Members gig) for broadcast over the UC Berkeley station KALX and several others from the 1979 - 1981 period. "Anyone who spent a night at one of these clubs knows how chaotic the atmosphere was. That he was able to, not only get a decent feed from the sound mixing board, but was also able to get clean recordings was something of a miracle. And the fact this guy did it over and over again is pure dedication to the cause of preserving history for decades to come. Fortunately for everyone, he’s been making these gems of history available and their value as historic documents is inestimable. This is really exciting stuff and I am grateful for Terry’s foresight and deft skill" - from the great pastdaily, which has put up an archive of Hammer recordings (1 file each @ 320) not to be missed over here:

    Terry himself comments on this recording:

    "From the HAMMER ARCHIVES. This is an audio recording of my live radio broadcast of Bill Graham's URGH #1 featuring The MEMBERS @ the Fox Warfield 8/15/80. Like all of my live recordings this was mixed direct to 2-Track Reel To Reel using headphones. Sitting in the club with the loud P.A. sound trying to drive the amp in my mixing board loud enough to hear what I was mixing. If you've ever been to a live concert, then you know how loud it can be.
    Mixed on a cheap Peavey MkII 12 channel mixing board to Technics RS-1500 2-Track Reel To Reel."

    Cheers, Dave Sez.

  3. And whilst we're at it, Terry's complete list is at

    Cheers, Dave Sez.