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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Thursday 30 April 2020

20 From '77(16) The Damned Portsmouth Locarno 20th March 1977 (Alternate Version)

Marc Bolan on stage with The Damned  somewhere on tour
(March 1977)

A couple of recordings of The Damned (and T. Rex) exist of this tour, but from a Damned perspective I believe that this is the best. This version of the gig at the Locarno in Portsmouth (on what was my 8th birthday) captures the band on the final date on what was by all accounts a very successful venure for support and headline alike. Being the last night of the tour, I imagine that things went something like this.... T. Rex came on for the finale with the massive 'Get It On' and invited the support who had served as a great livener each night for Marc to follow to join the band on stage. That version is captured on this version of the gig. Elsewhere on the site you can find another recording in lossless format of the same gig minus 'Get It On' (just search for The Damned).

Thanks for the share!

01. I Feel Alright
02. Born To Kill
03. Fan Club
04. Neat Neat Neat
05. Sick Of Being Sick
06. Stretcher Case
07. Help
08. New Rose
09. Stab Yor Back
10. So Messed Up
11. Fish
12. Get It On (With Marc Bolan)

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