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, 9 February 2013

Oooh Aaargh It's Oxford Apollo on 4th February 1983

Here's one for my good friend Owen for whom this was his Year Zero moment. I give you his thoughts, in his own words, on this date and what followed.

Cheers O!

'Exactly 30 ago today I lost my gig-going virginity to a certain black clad band at Oxford Apollo at the tender age of 15. I can still remember every detail of my introduction to the world of live concerts all these years later. It was the beginning of a long journey with The Stranglers which has taken me the length and breadth of the British Isles. It's also given me a reason to travel all over Eu...rope from Norway to Greece & Portugal to Yugoslavia, clocking up a fair few gigs over the years. Along the way, I've had numerous touring partners, some of whom are still active and some that have fallen by the wayside (and one who I've lived with for 20+ years!). Here's some of my fellow fans that I've been priviledged to travel with: Jacquie (obviously), Dave H & Sean T, Stevie T, Graham C, Gary B, Glenn S, Carl D, Wig, Paul C, Paul B, Ade & Gunta, Danny B, Scots John, Pud, Jacko, Dave from York, Dom P, Phil C, Baz C, Tony R, Paul K, Graham K, Bez, Karen, Paul W, Neil H, Simon & Joni, Baz S, Jim BUT, Deek & Graham, Dara A, Gary R, Raj, Jim R, Paul McG, Marian, Marcel & the Dutch, Uli & Gerd and a horde of Wonky busers and other gig goers! Thanks must go to the band (in whichever form), the management and crew (notably Gaz K, Bill T, Sil, Max, Bruce, Colin, Louie) who've helped to make the journey possible. Here's to many more gigs following the one and only Stranglers...See you in March for the next round...'



01. Intro
02. Nuclear Device
03. Toiler On The Sea
04. Ships That Pass In The Night
05. Its A Small World
06. Just Like Nothing On Earth
07. No More Heroes
08. Who Wants The World
09. Never Say Goodbye
10. Baroque Bordello
11. Golden Brown
12. Princess Of The Streets

01. Midnight Summer Dream
02. European Female
03. Tramp
04. The Raven
05. Duchess
06. London Lady
07. Nubiles (Cocktail Version)
08. Down In The Sewer


  1. And .........Thank you Owen.

  2. Nice set list, cheers Ade.

  3. Cheers Ade. Feels like yesterday! O

  4. Thanks Adrian
    Great post