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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Wednesday, 24 June 2020

20 From '82(10) Stiff Little Fingers Brixton Ace 9th December 1982

I have come to the conclusion so I have that 'Now Then' is a fine album that stands up ably along side SLF's three other angrier first albums (with respect to their first incarnations). It is interesting that at the time that they produced this album of 'softer', introspective songs they were by all accounts knocking seven bells out of each other on the road.

Anyway, they were filmed for the new station Channel 4 at one of their last gigs. I think that it is great.

01. Touch & Go
02. Listen
03. Fly The Flag
04. The Price Of Admission
05. Bits Of Kids
06. Is That What You Fought The War For?


  1. Entrance fee was 5 pints of best bitter/mild back then, how times change.

  2. The saddest thing was that despite the cheap ticket prices (compared with today, inflation aside), I still didn't have enough money to see everyone I wanted to see, so I missed out on a lot!