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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Tuesday 12 May 2020

Sitting Pretty With The Purple Helmets Central London Polytechnic 15th March 1988

Something of Dave now and a bootleg cassette that caused quite a stir at the time. A recording of The Purple Helmets at Central London Polytechnic back in March 1988. I won't regurgitate the background to the Helmets here. Search the site under the band's name and its all there. Good drunken fun and for many, myself included, the first opportunity to see members of The Stranglers at close quarters in small, and in some cases, iconic venues.


01. Don’t Bring Me Down
02. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
03. Baby Please Don’t Go
04. I Can’t Explain
05. Whatcha Gonna Do About It
06. Keep On Running
07. All Day And All Of The Night
08. Louie Louie
09. Tobacco Road
10. Walking The Dog
11. I Saw Her Standing There
12. I Wanna Be Your Man


  1. What was "the stir" at the time?

  2. The tape (cover shown above) was circulated and the bass player was non too pleased apparently.