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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Sunday 15 October 2023

Melkweg Amsterdam 7th April 1996


This was another request. I had not realised that in 12 years I have not posted anything at all from 1996. That is not to say that I have much to post from that year as at that time The Stranglers and I had parted company. However, I have a few bits and this is perhaps the pick of that small crop, given that it has received a DomP audio make-over. That being the case, what you have here s a great sounding recording of an intimate gig in The Netherlands. I have not been there but if the internet is to be believed The Melkweg has a 1500 capacity.

In listening through this recording I was amazed to hear a track that was completely new to me, 'Wild Talents' I understand. I quite like it, although it does sound a little like the theme tune to a TV magazine show. And what a strange choice for a set opener!

If splitting to burn start CD 2 with 'I Feel Like A Wog' (as reflected in the artwork).



01. Intro
02. Wild Talents
03. 5 Minutes
04. Golden Boy
05. Straighten Out
06. Miss You
07. Always The Sun
08. Paradise Row
09. Money
10. Nice 'N' Sleazy
11. Princess Of The Streets
12. Golden Brown
13. Valley Of The Birds
14. I Feel Like A Wog
15. Sinister
16. Silver Into Blue
17. Let Me Introduce You To The Family
18. All Day And All Of The Night
19. Duchess
20. Nuclear Device (The Wizard Of Aus)
21. Something Better Change
22. Encore Break
23. Never To Look Back
24. Hanging Around
25. Encore Break
26. 96 Tears
27. No More Heroes

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