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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Wednesday 30 January 2013

Glasgow Apollo 7th October 1979

This one's for Dave Sez who I had the great pleasure of sharing a few pints with last night in Bishops Stortford. The reason being this was his first Stranglers gig... and that should always be marked!



1. 5 Minutes
2. Shah Shah A Go Go
3. Ice
4. Down In The Sewer
5. Hanging Around
6. The Raven
7. Dead Loss Angeles
8. Threatened
9. Curfew
10. Tank
11. Burning Up Time
12. Bring On The Nubiles
13. Nuclear Device
14. Genetix
15. I Feel Like A Wog
16. Duchess
17. Toiler On The Sea


  1. Great one, Adrian! My head's still sore and my ears are soon to bleed ... cheers, Dave Sez.

  2. And to return the favour, I've gone digging and come up with two promo pics from the Raven tour - can't find the tour programme yet though. Just for fun, I've also added a classic pic of JJ in the 100 Club around 1976-77 and a scan of the badges I wore around this time - my Raven and Meninblack badges and (sniff!) the classic Clash-crossed-out-Stranglers Rattus promo badge also seem to have gone walkies for the moment. Maybe more later, cheers Dave Sez.

  3. Cannot wait for this. The Rainbow gig in London on this tour was my first ever Stranglers gig and I've never been to a better one (by anyone) since. The memory of that brilliant white light shining through the Raven's eye will stay with me forever.

  4. Hi Richard, I am green with envy. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge none of the Rainbow gigs from this tour were recorded.

  5. Hey Musky - that's a bummer. I can think of nothing I'd rather own more than a tangible link to that night. It certainly made up for the fact that my first gig should have been Battersea Park, but it coincided with the third week of my first ever (Saturday) job, and simpering conscientious 15-year-old soul that I was, did not think it was acceptable to ask for leave so soon after starting!