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, 4 July 2020

No More Heroes/(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) 'Hit Kwiss' German TV 1977/1978

'No More Heroes'
Hit Kwiss 3rd December 1977
German TV

Now this could be a nice find, Initial 'research' suggests that a version of 'Heroes' from this broadcast has previously been posted on YouTube as much lower quality from an unknown German TV source. I can clear that up by stating that this version of 'No More Heroes' was broadcast by the 'Hit Kwiss', (by the looks of it a German equivalent of TOTP/Cheggers Plays Pop), on 3rd December 1977. 

Hit Kwiss was a short lived music program that broadcast from its broadcast from a studio in Stuttgart between '76 and '78. In this time The Stranglers appeared twice on 3rd December 1977 and 11th March 1978 - although both mimed performances were filmed at a same (earlier) date.

The quality if the 'Heroes' is great, far in excess of what I have seen online. The 'Grip' footage is a little more washed out colourwise but is possibly rarer.

'(Get A) Grip (On Your Self)'
Hit Kwiss 11th March 1978
German TV

Your opinions please!

I have shared the footage below in MPEG format

(Get A) Grip (On Yourself):

and as a burnable, edited DVD with both tracks:


  1. Thanks for the research and the footage. Never really liked the miming performances but this is a great find. Poor editing (leather jacket on/off/on) but some great angles. Hugh strangling his mic stand and tough JJ ripping off his strings ... 1977, the same year Iggy Pop was abusing the palm trees in the Top Pop studio (check it out) :-)

  2. I love this stuff. Cheers Ade.

  3. great stuff thanks!