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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Thursday, 3 December 2020

The Zones John Peel Session 13th September 1978


Again relying upon Peel to sort me out as we reach the end of the alphabet and another lockdown endurance challenge. It seems The Zones and associated bands were the Scottish equivalent of London SS in that the family tree that includes The Zones involved members of Slik, The Rich Kids, The Skids and Simple Minds. To describe the analogy in more detail, proto-punk band London SS had members passing through its ranks that gave rise to a significant faction of the early London punk scene (The Damned, The Clash, Generation X and Chelsea no less).

The Zones went down that power pop road, much like the Rich Kids and The Skids.

Here they are in 1978 doing the second of their two Sessions that they did for John Peel in that year.


01. Anything Goes
02. Deadly Dolls
03. The End
04. It's Only Fashion


  1. Saw them supporting the Stranglers at Glasgow Apollo 30/09/78

  2. Ah, I wasn't aware that they had been a support band and just days after this Peel session was recorded too.

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