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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Monday 28 January 2013

Poole Arts Centre 30th January 1983

Ok, this is an anniversary recording (two days in advance for the pedantics ones among you). Actually, I was intending to post the first night of the tour that saw the band play Goldiggers in Chippenham (or plain 'Nam as my friend who lived down that way called it) on this day in 1983, but that recording has suffered like many of my others thanks to dodgy labels. Nevertheless, that recording can be found here:

For my part I give you this recording from Poole Arts Centre from 30th. Many years ago a portion of this gig was released as 'The Taming Of The Hugh' bootleg.

This however, is the full set and the quality is excellent. In fact, until such time when the record company venture into the vaults and dust off the tapes of some of the 'Feline' dates recorded on the Continent, this Poole recording is the definative live document from that tour.



1. Aural Sculpture Manifesto
2. Nuclear Device
3. Toiler On The Sea
4. It's A Small World
5. Ships That Pass In The Night
6. Just Like Nothing on Earth
7. No More Heroes
8. Who Wants The World
9. Never Say Goodbye
10. Baroque Bordello

1. Golden Brown
2. Princess Of The Streets
3. Midnight Summer Dream
4. European Female
5. Tramp
6. The Raven
7. Duchess
8. London Lady
9. Genetix


  1. This is a truly great representation of this tour, when this boot first appeared (in the olden days) they were charging a bomb for it and it was as rare as rocking horse shit.
    Thanks Adrian

  2. Ta muchly to Adrian and to meanie for the recording and the reviews which have encouraged me to download this and challenge my 1982 drift away from the Stranglers (to be fair on them, several groups had started turning dodgy around then - viz. Gang of Four, Cure - maybe inevitable victims of the good-for-three-albums curse). Never having heard Feline, I'm curious to isten to this one, so thanks again, cheers Dave Sez.