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, 26 March 2022

The Undertones Chalk 17th March 2022

 It is very difficult to stand in a crowd watching The Undertones without having a big, stupid grin on your face such is the warmth and humour that comes across from the stage when they are playing. Equally, it is hard to think that these are men in their sixties (Paul excepted) singing 'More Songs About Chocolate and Girls' and in no sense does it seem wrong or out of place. I remember years ago, Jake Burns stating that he had retired the Stiff Little Fingers' classic 'Gotta Gettaway' as it didn't sit comfortably with him as a man in his then 40's I guess to be singing about leaving home. But when The Undertones tell tales of difficult relationships with their nerdy spoilt cousin (and Subbuteo cheat to boot!) it's fine! It may be that they have weathered well and with Michael Bradley's cheeky in between song interjections you, or at least I can forget that the band are sexagenarians and not the parka-donning youfs of the late '70's. They may not be an antedote for these shit times that we are living through but they can make the world seem a brighter,  more humane place for at least 90 minutes!

Thanks to Chatts for the recording and Elayne for the photos.


Artwork sleeve:

01. Intro-Family Entertainment
02. You’ve Got My Number
03. I Need Your Love
04. Jump Boys
05. Billy’s Third
06. Love Parade
07. Thrill Me
08. Jimmy Jimmy
09. Tearproof
10. It’s Gonna Happen
11. Enough
12. Teenage Kicks
13. True Confessions
14. Oh Please
15. 9 Times Outta 10
16. Gotta Getta
17. Girls That Dont Talk
18. Here Comes The Summer
19. When Saturday Comes
20. Male Model
21. Dig Yourself Deep
22. Wednesday Week
23. Hypnotised
24. Runaround
25. Girls Don’t Like It
26. Listening In
27. Get Over You
28. Encore-More Songs About Chocolate And Girls
29. I Know A Girl
30. My Perfect Cousin

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