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, 2 February 2013

Edinburgh Playhouse 11th February 1983

OK, another cat lick of the 'Feline' tour, this time from Edinburgh. Whilst looking for the Bingley Hall press ad, I stumbled across a review of this gig which I thought may be of interest to the reader. I think that this may have come from the pages of 'Record Mirror', the rather light weight cousin of the main music weeklies in print in the UK at the time. It is a fine example of lazy journalism, 'let's not send a photographer down to the gig... what we'll do instead is rifle the archives for a Gus Stewart shot of '77 vintage and us that!'. Quality aside, what this rather unfavourable review this does show is that the bands new direction was greeted sceptically by both fans and the press alike.

JJ ponders 'Roger Colbert...... one for the black book!'

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

1. Princess Of The Street
2. Midnight Summer Dream
3. European Female
4. The Raven
5. Duchess
6. London Lady
7. Hugh
8. Nubiles (Cocktail Version)
9. Tank
10. Genetix


  1. Ah, Record Mirror the "disco"newspaper, if it didn't have sequins then it wasn't worth listening to according to them! They did do a lot of double page posters of Debbie Harry though, so it was worth buying on those occasions, purely for scientific purposes of course.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this mate!Your blog as always is superb and your efforts appreciated.I actually went to this gig with my lovely girlfriend of that time Audrey.. so this brings back a lot of great memories.I seem to remember us getting in to this concert with a ahem 'replica' ticket bought from a dodgy geezer in a dodgy pub..2 for 50p i think lol.God, things like that were so much easier in those pre-everything computerised days before barcodes and all that shit lol!Thanks again sir..oh and that so called journalist was talking out of his blowhole,as the gig was fantastic!! :)

  3. Thank you ad infinitum.
    I was there but had forgotten the set list. I'm delighted to have been reacquainted with it. I wore my tour t-shirt until it had holes in it and my wife, yes I wore it for years, my wife threw it out. I've still not forgiven her even though it wouldn't fit now.
    Great site - Ratman.