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 2 May 2023

20 From '81 (11) Kraftwerk Captain Video Paris 6th July 1981


Back once again to 1981, a great year for music. One band that were at the top of their game were Kraftwerk, then still with the classic line up for a few years yet. Never a prolific touring outfit until Florian left the ranks, they played dates in 1976 and then not again until 1981! In that interval they recorded what most consider to be quintessential Kraftwerk in the form of 'Trans Europe Express' (1977), 'The Man Machine' (1978) and 'Computer World' (1981). As such the world tour that they embarked on in 1981 is the definitive Kraftwerk tour.

Certainly, the shows since have become ever more sophisticated as technology has enabled the band to take their audiences on an immersive musical journey aided by elaborate backing films and 3D technology. Were any other band to use such technology it could be thought of as gimmickry but you kind of expect such measures from Kraftwerk.

But now I am talking about Kraftwerk in the present day, a time when we are far more conversant with all matters technological.... even my Mum has heard of AI! Back in 1981, Kraftwerk were predicting a world where the computer ran the show, whilst for most of us the pinnacle of electronic wizardry was Simon Says!

Unfortunately a couple of tracks on this recent remaster are cut, but the quality is great. Many thanks to  finkployd49 (the original Dime seeder) and to Viv for the remaster.



01. Intro / Numbers
02. Computer World
03. Home Computer
04. Computer Love
05. The Model
06. Neon Lights
07. Radioactivity
08. Stimme Der Energie
09. Ohm Sweet Ohm

01. Autobahn
02. Hall Of Mirrors
03. Les Mannequins
04. Trans Europe Express
05. Le Mini Calculateur
06. The Robots
07. It's More Fun To Compute

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