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, 9 July 2011

Palais D'Hiver Lyon 13th October 1983

The Stranglers had not stayed musically static since the release of the 'Black and White' album in 1978. It is true to say that the Stranglers' fan base has over the years been challenged, perhaps even provoked, by the band as they have explored new musical avenues album to album. Never was this challenge more obvious than with the release of a predominantly acoustic album 'Feline'. The subtleties of the album sent many dyed in the wool punk followers back in search of their Discharge albums. However, this more laid back style was certainly not reflected in the band's touring schedule for 1983 which saw them playing the UK, the US and Canada as well as criss-crossing mainland Europe.

A consequence of this heavy gigging is that 1983 is very well documented, with a host of good quality recordings from all parts of the Feline Tour. This is a fine example from Lyon (their second visit of the year, having played the same venue on 27th February).

As well as being a great gig, this show was notable for what has become known as 'the banana incident', where the band metered out some rough justice to a troublesome punter by sticking a banana up his arse! This can be heard on track 6 of the second disc.



1. Aural Sculpture
2. Down In The Sewer
3. Toiler On The Sea
4. Ships That Pass In The Night
5. Its a Small World
6. No More Heroes
7. Who Wants The World
8. Never Say Goodbye/Golden Brown
9. Midnight Summer Dream

1. The European Female
2. The Raven
3. 5 Minutes
4. Tank
5. London Lady
6. The Banana Incident
7. Bring On The Nubiles
8. Hanging Around


  1. Hello Adrian

    Would it be possible to download again this, please ? I Was at this gig but i don't remenber "the banana incident" !
    No one recorded the olympia gig (april 2012) ? A very good performance !
    Thanks a lot.


  2. Hello !

    I have made ​​a mistake ! I was not at this concert, I saw them the same year but in Bordeaux...sorry...


  3. Hi, nevertheless, the link has been updated.

  4. I was there! Je me rappelle très bien de l'épisode de la banane.... et de m'entrée du groupe sur scène avec JJ qui lance au public : "salut les enfants de (Klaus) Barbie! "