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.

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Friday, 28 August 2020

Ramones Top of The Pops UK TV 29th June 1995


Joey Ramone in the Top of the Pops Studio
(Broadcast 29th June 1995)

Da Brudders back in the UK in the Summer of 1995 promoting the final 'Adios Amigos' album. This appearance as I recall was something of a rarity for the show as very few bands had ever been afforded the opportunity to play two songs on the same show. The Beatles did it once, plus one other.... and The Ramones did it with this back to back performance/mime to 'I Don't Wanna Grow Up' and 'Cretin Family'.

Some criticize the band as being one dimensional and perhaps that could be leveled at them towards the end, although personally I thought that their mid career early '80's efforts were the problem rather than what came later. The fact is that the band were iconic and love 'em or hate 'em they inspired just as many young people in the UK to form a band as the Pistols did. 

If you haven't seen it I would recommend that you watch 'The End of the Century' documentary on the band. On the strength of that it is a wonder that they managed to achieve anything let alone some of punk's finest moments!

Johnny and CJ Ramone in the Top of the Pops Studio
(Broadcast 29th June 1995)

01. I Don't Wanna Grow Up
02. Cretin Family

CJ Ramone in the Top of the Pops Studio
(Broadcast 29th June 1995)

1 comment:

  1. I don't understand why it should even be debated that the Ramones are one of the most exciting/influential (and most tragic) rock bands ever : it's an axiom!