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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Monday, 4 April 2022

The Damned Town & Country Club London 1st July 1986


Here's one that I forgot that I had, put together many years ago. Back in the summer of '86, the band played two gigs in North London's Finsbury Park, the '10th Anniversary Tea Party'. However, earlier in the month they played another anniversary gig at the T&C in Kentish Town. The gig was filmed and an an edited version (presented here as audio) was broadcast on Whistle Test on the BBC. Around the same time another edited version, largely with different tracks was broadcast on BBC Radio. In combination the two broadcasts make for a good quality record of the night (or at least part of it!). With the duplicated 'Love Song' this represents more than half of the set played on the night. But what a set.... great to hear that material from 'Phantasmagoria' along with the mighty 'The Limit Club' for Malcolm. 'Anything' gets a first airing, a song so new that Dave Vanian has the lyrics on a crib sheet!



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