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 10 December 2011

Hammersmith Palais, The Bolshoi Ballet Jump Back In The Alley And Nanny Goats.... 17th November 1981

Back in the UK now and the first leg of the La Folie tour. I'll stick my neck out here and say that I would consider La Folie to be the last truely great Stranglers album and the five new tracks played at the Palais represent the best that that album has to offer. Golden Brown is in there, but to fresh ears at the time I suspect that it would have sounded strange and exotic.... I love the song, but these days as the perennial set staple it's harder to view the song with any objectivity.

The Man They Love to Hate, Let Me Introduce you to the Family, Non-Stop and Tramp... wonderful! If you download this gig (one of the best in terms of audio quality for an audience recording) listen to it whilst reading an excellent fan's account of this tour, here. Phil Coxon documented his round Britain trip in a tour diary (nice to meet you at the Convention by the way Phil!).

An interesting point to note was that this gig was filmed by a French TV crew. Will it ever see the light of day I wonder, we can live in hope.


  1. Waltzinblack
  2. Non Stop
  3. Threatened
  4. Just Like Nothing On Earth
  5. Second Coming
  6. Meninblack
  7. Who Wants The World
  8. Baroque Bordello
  9. Golden Brown
  10. Tramp
  11. Thrown Away
  12. Tank
  13. I Feel Like A Wog
  14. The Man They Love To Hate
  15. Let Me Introduce You To The Family
  16. Nuclear Device
  17. Genetix
  18. Nubiles (Cocktail Version)/Bring On The Nubiles
  19. Duchess
  20. The Raven
Alternatively, whilst looking for a bit more background I note that Dom P has uploaded a version of this gig (and this is likely to be an upgrade), here. Thanks as always Dom.

Full artwork here (pdfs also in the download file):

U.E.A. Norwich
14th November 1981
Opening Night of the La Folie Tour

1 comment:

  1. Hi Adrian
    Thanks for to days posts, Cant wait to listen to the Hammersmith Palais gig.