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, 20 March 2021

Crass Colosseum Aberdare 11th July 1984


The circle is almost complete, since it was with Aberdare that this series of posts kicked off. For those who don't like the anarcho scene, hold on we are nearly there. 

The Crass flame burned very brightly, but it quickly burnt itself out! As Steve Ignorant was at pains to explain in his excellent autobiography 'The Rest Is Propaganda', when every gig is a benefit for one worthy cause or another touring comforts are one of the first things to go. Life on the road was a spartan and uncomfortable business. When not playing live there was the mail bag to be dealt with. The members of Crass answered all correspondence personally be it a simple request for a badge or information on dates or in-depth discussions on the band's political viewpoints. Increasingly members of the band became worn down by the pressures of just being Crass. Throw into that mix some serious interest from our Secret Services and the business of being in a band with your mates does tend to lose its sheen!

Crass at the Colosseum Aberdare
11th July 1984

Fittingly their final gig was a Miner's Benefit in the South wales town of Aberdare, where they played with Annie Anxiety and Flux of Pink Indians.



01. Big A Little A
02. Yes Sir, I Will
03. Reality Whitewash
04. Don't Get Caught
05. Mother Earth
06. Neo Fascist Stuff It
07. Smash The Mac
08. Bata Motel
09. Darling
10. Poison In A Pretty Pill
11. Sentiment
12. Nineteen Eighty Bore
13. Yes Sir, I Will
14. Do They Owe Us A Living
15. Banned From The Roxy
16. G’s Song
17. Shaved Women
18. Securicor

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