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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Sunday 4 October 2020

20 From '82 (16) The Jam Wembley Arena 5th December 1982


So here it was, the out of town band who struggled to break into the London scene, finally bade farewell to the capital with the last of a five night run at Wembley Arena! Whilst The Jam may have lost out on the chance to be the one of the biggest bands in the world..... they were just too English for American audiences..... and The Clash found it much easier to appeal to US taste..... here in the UK at the point of the split they were top dog.

I have often argued with mates (Owen Carne) about the band's fifth and final studio album, 'The Gift'. I rate it, admittedly not as highly as 'All Mod Cons' or 'Setting Sons', but without doubt it was a worthy finale. I sometimes wonder what a sixth album would have sounded like.... would Weller have pushed  the band in the mellow brand of soul that he adopted for his next venture, The Style Council? I guess so, 'A Solid Bond in Your Heart' was one track demoed by The Jam and used by TSC later on. 


Artwork: (included in download file).

01. Beat Surrender
02. It's Too Bad
03. I Got You (I Feel Good)
04. Away From The Numbers
05. Ghosts
06. In The Crowd
07. Boy About Town
08. Get Yourself Together
09. All Mod Cons
10. To Be Someone
11. Smithers-Jones
12. Tales From The Riverbank
13. Precious
14. Start!
15. Circus
16. Mr Clean
17. Pretty Green/Move On Up
18. The Butterfly Collector
19. Town Called Malice
20. Going Underground
21. The Gift

Neil Tennant, prior to find pop stardom in his own right wrote for the teen pop biweekly 'Smash Hits' and his feature covering this gig appeared in the 23rd December 1982 issue of the magazine.