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, 5 September 2020

Hemel Hempstead Pavilion 28th January 1982


Right a word of warning about this one. The quality is not so good, the sound is very muddy. The reason for posting it is only down to the fact that I came across a review of the gig this weekend and what's more it was full of praise for the band so recently re-energised by the surprise hit 'Golden Brown'.


01. Intro
02. Down In The Sewer
03. Second Coming
04. Non Stop
05. The Man They Love To Hate
06. Who Wants The World?
07. Baroque Bordello
08. Golden Brown
09. How To Find True Love And Happiness In The Present Day
10. Duchess
11. Tank
12. Let Me Introduce You To The Family
13. Tramp
14. The Raven
15. Nuclear Device
16. Genetix

I am amused by the closing lines. "As for the rest of us it will be interesting to see if they continue their success by making commercial records' But they'll always be great, live."

"Lads, lads I've got it... what about that one in French about cannibalism!"

That is of course to overlook the rather successful 'Strange Little Girl' and 'European Female'.

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