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

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Live Review - The Police and The Specials Oakville Toronto Canada (Record Mirror 5th September 1981)

A review of one of my favourite Specials gigs. Whilst the angry energy of the bands early sets is undeniable, 'More Specials' gave the band an extra dimension that stood them apart from some of the other 2 Tone and 2 Tone associated acts. If I am honest, as someone who did not witness and Specials gigs first time around I would say that an '81 end of the road gig would have been more appealing set wise than a pure first album set.

It was news to me that Killing Joke also played on this day!

The Specials set can be found here.


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