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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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Manchester Apollo 28th September 1978

On the eve of The Stranglers Convention, where an undoubted highlight will be the band running through 1978's Black and White album..... Here's the blueprint.

The Black & White tour was not huge and featured no conventional London date (Battersea excluded) for the reasons posted earlier and is not well documented. The best on offer (and again thanks to Dom P for his excellent clean up) is this from Manchester Apollo.

Featuring no fewer than seven songs from the new album, this must be the standard for how they should sound live.

Give this one a listen!

To my ear, B & W transitioned the band from the punk rock sensibilities of the first two albums to the dark, sophisticated arrangements of The Raven. This September 1978 recording is a late punk roar from the band (before Hugh dropped the Ray Winstone tone between songs!!).

To those going to the Convention, enjoy the set. Will Baz attempt Sverige!?


1. Ugly
2. I Feel Like A Wog
3. Burning Up Time
4. Bring On The Nubiles
5. Hanging Around
6. Princess Of The Streets
7. London Lady
8. No More Heroes
9. Curfew
10. Do You Wanna
11. Death And Night And Blood
12. Nice 'N' Sleazy
13. Threatened
14. Sweden
15. Tank
16. Five Minutes
17. Toiler On The Sea

Full artwork here:


  1. Hi Adrian
    Thanks for the latest post, just had a listen great sound.

  2. This was the only gig, other than the Battersea Park one a couple of weeks earlier, where the band were joined by strippers on stage during 'Nice & Sleazy'. The local constabulary were present inside the venue (as referenced by Cornwell during the performance), & this (along with heavy handed treatment from the bouncers) antagonised the crowd who started ripping up seats & throwing them into the orchestra pit before clambering over them to get on to the stage, at which point the band were forced to end the gig prematurely. A classic gig, that was!

    1. This was my first ever gig ,the skids supported that night, I remember the strippers covered in spit and the venue manager came on stage and said they were banned from manchester😂

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