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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Saturday 22 August 2020

The Damned Top Rank Reading 22nd November 1981


I looked for a recording of the band at Manchester University on 21st November 1981, the night that Record Mirror caught up with the band but in vain. Instead here's the band in action the following night in Reading. The contrast between the inbetween song chaos and the bands ever more sophisticated songs has always struck me as being quite amusing! Thanks to Barry Hutchinson for the gig.

WAV (from MP3 for burning purposes):

01. Lively Arts
02. Wait For The Blackout
03. Disco Man
04. I Just Can’t Be Happy Today
05. Plan 9 Channel 7
06. The Limit Club
07. Fan Club (Cuts)
08. Fan Club (Continued)
09. Stage Banter
10. Noise Noise Noise
11. Love Song (Cuts)
12. Love Song (Continued) 
13. Neat Neat Neat
14. Drum Solo
15. New Rose
16. Smash It Up (Parts 1 & 2)
17. Citadel (Cuts)
18. Looking At You (Cuts)
19. Looking At You (Continued)

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