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

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Brian James on New Rose and the Vive Le Rock pioneer award - The Observer 23rd February 2020

Brian James talks about New Rose and the Vive Le Rock Pioneer award (The Observer 23rd February 2020).

The Pogues McGonagles Dublin 1st March 1985

I don't think that I've posted anything from the Pogues before, and yet their first three albums are punk/folk classics. Sadly, I missed them in 1985, first seeing them around the time of 'If I Should Fall from Grace with God'. What a force they were, absolutely brilliant live.... at a time before the drink and drugs reduced Shane to a shadow of his former self.

Here's a soundboard recording from Dublin in '85.



01. Greenland Whale Fisheries
02. Repeal Of The Licensing Laws
03. Boys From The County Hell
04. Whiskey You're The Devil
05. Transmetropolitan
06. A Pair Of Brown Eyes
07. Dark Streets Of London
08. Streams Of Whiskey
09. Sally MacLennane
10. The Auld Triangle
11. Kitty
12. Dingle Regatta
13. Poor Paddy
14. The Battle Of Brisbane
15. Waxie's Dargle
16. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
17. Muirshin Durkin
18. Boys From The County Hell

Charge Top Rank Reading 3rd October 1982

Following on from yesterdays Damned post a great supporter of this site over the years sent me the Charge, that night's support (in fact support for the whole tour) set from the same gig. Cheers!

Other than knowing the band's name I am completely unfamiliar with their stuff but a quick listen reveals a competent band that remind me on certain numbers of Theatre of Hate (maybe the vocal) - a band they also supported in their time.

Some further information on Charge can be found here in a piece written by their drummer on Stu, their singer and guitarist who passed away some years ago. 

01. Can I Go To Heaven Now
02. Illusion Of Fairness
03. Fur Creatures
04. Madman Of The North
05. Luxury
06. Perfection
07. Dancing On Graves
08. No One Knows
09. Sir Hugo
10. Dead For Years
11. Gasman
12. First For A Title
13. Absolution
14. King’s Cross

Saturday, 22 February 2020

The Damned Top Rank Reading 3rd October 1982

A great sounding Damned recording from The Strawberries tour, the time when I think I'd like to have seen them most. This for ma has always been the best line up of the band. A great set for 'Strawberries' fans with no less than 7 songs included from the then new album.



01. Ignite
02. Disco Man
03. Generals
04. I Just Can't Be Happy Today
05. Stranger on the Town
06. Wait For The Blackout
07. Bad Time For Bonzo
08. Curtain Call
09. Dozen Girls
10. Limit Club (Cut)
11. Gun Fury
12. Melody Lee
13. Under The Floor Again
14. Love Song
15. Smash It Up
16. Looking At You
17. Hippy Hippy Shake

Birmingham Odeon 22nd February 1985

Nice audience recording of the band's first night at the Birmingham Odeon on this day in 1985.


01. Something Better Change
02. Nuclear Device (The Wizard Of Aus)
03. Uptown
04. Dead Ringer
05. No Mercy
06. Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
07. Thrown Away
08. Let Me Down Easy
09. Midnight Summer Dream
10. European Female
11. Golden Brown
12. Peaches
13. Death & Night & Blood
14. Threatened
15. Punch & Judy
16. Hanging Around
17. I Feel Like A Wog
18. Down In The Sewer
19. Nubiles (Cocktail Version)
20. The Raven

JJ Burnel Edinburgh 1977

Here's a shot of our bass player that I have never seen before. Taken in Edinburgh in 1977 is features in one of the photobooks ('Teenage Instamatics; Punk Rock, Edinburgh 1977') available from Hanging Around Books.

The only Edinburgh gig that I can see listed is actually in '76 (Tiffany's on 13th December 1976).

Thursday, 20 February 2020

RockPalast Hamburg Germany 20th February 1983

Happy Birthday to this beauty! Ripped from the DVD of a high quality TV broadcast.


01. Aural Sculpture Manifesto
02. Nuclear Device (The Wizard Of Aus)
03. Toiler On The Sea
04. Ships That Pass In The Night
05. It's A Small World
06. Just Like Nothing On Earth
07. No More Heroes
08. Who Wants The World?
09. Never Say Goodbye
10. Baroque Bordello

01. Golden Brown
02. Princess Of The Streets
03. Midnight Summer Dream
04. European Female
05. Tramp
06. The Raven
07. Duchess
08. London Lady
09. Nubiles (Cocktail Version)
10. Genetix