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.

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Saturday 18 April 2020

20 From '77(10) Ultravox Radiohuset Stockholm 19th October 1977

Again, something a little left field whilst still meeting the 1977 criteria. Ultravox! in the time of original vocalist John Foxx were a far cry from the chart friendly band that Ultravox would become with Midge Ure at the helm. Was it punk? I dunno, outside of the big hitters on the scene, 'punk' was a broad church early on.... and some elements fitted the bill, raw guitars, punk sounding angry lyrics and a look the shouted New Wave. With art-school backgrounds they shared the same influences as the A-listers..... Bowie and Roxy Music. However, it was their early use of synthesisers that set them apart and it was the unabashed acknowledgement of their influence often repeated by Gary Numan, who was to become one of the biggest pop stars in the UK in 1979, that sealed their reputation as early pioneers of British electronic music.

Maybe not for everyone...... but the were part of it in '77!



01. I Want To Be A Machine
02. Slip Away
03. The Frozen Ones
04. Distant Smile
05. Young Savage
06. My Sex
07. Artificial Life
08. Wide Boys -
       Saturday Night In The City Of The Dead
10. The Wild, The Beautiful And The Damned
11. Rockwrok
12. Fear In The Western World

Alternative Broadcast

01. I Want To Be A Machine
02. Rockwrok
03. Slip Away
04. The Frozen Ones
05. Distant Smile
06. Young Savage
07. My Sex
08. The Man Who Dies Every Day
09. Artificial Life
10. Wide Boys
11. Saturday Night In The City Of The Dead
12. The Wild, The Beautiful And The Damned
13. Rockwrok
14. Fear In The Western World

1 comment:

  1. Saw these guys in a nightclub in San Francisco in 1979, maybe their last or second to last gig before John Foxx left. Those days were before all the factionalization of the punk/new wave thing.All we knew was they were nothing like the prevailing Journey/Boston/Foreigner bullshit that dominated the airwaves in late '70's San Francisco.

    They were marvelous.

    Thanks for posting it.