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

Friday, 27 March 2020

Dead Kennedys - Tales from the Trial (as reported in the UK music press)

As mentioned in the article above, to raise money for the legal costs of defending the case, the Alternative Tentacles manager in the UK booked a tour by the Canadian hardcore band, Toxic Reasons. I was fortunate to see them twice on this tour, at the 100 Club (I watched the gig standing side by side to the late, great John Peel) and a little later in The Ship in Brighton. On this occasion at the end some scruffy bloke got on stage with Toxic Reasons when they played 'New Rose'. 'Hey', I said to my mate, 'That bloke looks a bit like Captain Sensible in a wig'. It was of course, the Sensible one! 

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