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, 16 March 2013

3 Men And Black Liverpool 12th February 2003

3 Men & Black
(L-R: Nick Welsh, Pauline Black, Jake Burns, JJ Burnel)

Rock 'n' Roll is a funny business and this was a rather funny idea. The musicians above whilst contemporaries represented two of the biggest musical scenes of the late '70s, namely 2 Tone and punk. This was indeed the reasoning behind the creation of 3 Men & Black, a project with a fluid line up anchored around The Selecter's Pauline Black that played together between 2001 and 2007. The line up above was the first incarnation of this little collective, later versions would include members of The Jam, The Beat, The Specials and even The Bay City Rollers!

JJ's involvement I presume came of the back of the 'Songs and Stories' stuff that he was doing in 2000, the 3 Men & Black project has a similar feel.

So here is a recording from Liverpool (anyone recall the venue) from 2003. many thanks to Meanie for this recording.


01. Quark, Strangeness & Charm
02. Alternative Ulster
03. Three Minute Hero
04. Skin Deep
05. She Grew Up
06. Carry Go "Bring Come"
07. Sinking Again
08. Dagenham Dave
09. Armagideon Time / Racist Friend
10. Un Jour Parfait Theme
11. Jellyfish
12. Missing Words

01. Harp
02. Where I Live
03. Redemption Song
04. Nobody's Hero
05. Something Better Change
06. On My Radio
07. Wasted Life
08. Too Much Pressure
09. Silver Lining
10. Go Buddy Go


  1. Liverpool The Neptune Theatre 12/02/03

  2. Most interesting! Always been a fan of SLF's punk-reggae numbers from first album on, so it's great to listen to a Selecter/SLF/Stranglers mix-up! Cheers, Dave Sez.

  3. who is Nick Welsh?

  4. any chance of a reupload via WeTransfer ?