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, 27 February 2021

Liverpool University 22nd October 1986


Here is the Dreamtime set from the band's gig at Liverpool University accompanied by another glowing review, this time from the pages of Record Mirror, who once upon a time were staunch defenders of the band.

Great picture, bloody lousy review!

Record Mirror (8th November 1986)


After an absence of such length from the touring circuit, it was difficult to know quite what to expect from a Stranglers performance. A capacity of 1,500 turned out to see the former bad lads of punk, but what of the men in black? Well, stopping all the photographers after four numbers, presumably so as not to snap them looking messy, would indicate that they’ve about as much to do with anarchy as Diana Ross these days.

The touring eight-piece Stranglers are as much a conventional ‘rock’ band as any you’re unfortunate enough to find. And the image would have appeared to have changed more than somewhat. The sporting of bowlers by all of the band would seem to imply one of three things; that they want to be the new Madness, that they’ve all recently become TSB shareholders. Or that they’ve all taken day jobs sifting flour for Homepride.

But what of the music? You may well ask, and an open mind is quickly and firmly slammed shut with the combination of interminable nine minute songs, end-of-pier medleys of hits and a sloppy complacency. A complacency which screams out their lack of either regard or interest in their audience.

From the opening blasts of ‘No More Heroes’. To the almost endless meanderings of ‘Always the Sun’, the show is polished, professional and utterly uninteresting. In amongst this display of the flaccid and famous, ‘Strange Little Girl’ stands out as a single moment of true interest.

But, on the whole, what we have here is a flatulent, redundant and out-dated morass of absolutely no interest whatsoever.

Dave Sexton


01. No More Heroes
02. Was It You?
03. Down In The Sewer
04. Nice In Nice
05. Punch And Judy
06. Souls
07. Always The Sun
08. La Folie
09. Strange Little Girl
10. Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
11. Who Wants The World?
12. Big In America
13. Bring On The Nubiles
14. Shakin Like A Leaf
15. Uptown
16. Toiler On The Sea
17. Spain
18. Peaches


  1. The Dime version is better quality, though Sewer is only about 30 seconds long.

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