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

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Gob On The Tyne - The North East Punk and Post Punk Scene 1976 - 1980

Last month I was contacted by a guy called Martin in connection with the T-Rex/Damned review that I posted. Amongst other things he wanted to highlight the upcoming book on the early punk scene in the North East.

Details can be found here:

Of The Stranglers contribution he had this to say:

'The Stranglers were one of the first Punk bands to play in the NE (Newcastle Poly and The Rock Garden, Middlesbrough, in early '77). I heard that they also played at Teesside Poly in '76 although I haven't had it confirmed. They also played at the City Hall, Newcastle, in mid-'77 with local band Penetration supporting. I've been in touch with several folks who attended those gigs and have some great stories and photos. I asked JJ what he remembers about the Poly gig, to which he replied, 'Fuck all.'

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