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

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Young Marble Giants John Peel Session 18th August 1980


Well, I am not known for being particularly adventurous on this site, but the search for the more alphabetically obscure bands has lead me to Young Marble Giants. I had heard of them by name but never before had listened to any of their material. Harking from Wales, they recorded one Peel session in the summer of 1980 that showcased their stripped down, minimalist instrumentation that was really all that was needed by way of accompaniment to Alison Statton's striking vocals. I rather like it, as John Peel himself was wont to say!

Post punk was perhaps punk's greatest achievement. The brash, untrained and unharnessed boldness of it swept away all previous rock 'n' roll conventions and in doing so created a black canvas for so many bands inspired by punk but full of new ideas, new instruments and a whole new perspective on what sounded good. It is for this reason that much as I love the bands of '77, it was the material that was released in '79/'80 that represents a pinnacle of the British music scene not seen since the mid '60. Those original punk bands who has survived the maelstrom of 1977 had evolved (not least through being more at ease with their chosen musical instruments!) to produce some fantastic music... Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Stranglers and The Damned. In turn, like just slightly older uncles the looked down on the new bands that were coming through that sounded completely different, but with clear influences.

Anyway, enough of this, give them a listen.



01. Searching For Mr Right
02. Brand New Life
03. Final Days
04. Posed By Models
05. N.I.T.A

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