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, 20 April 2013

20 From '83 (4) The Fun Boy Three Palace Theatre Paris 1983

My appreciation of The Specials is well documented on these pages. That band went west in 1981 for a good few years, but all of the members had more to give, none more so than Terry, Neville and Lynval who formed the leftfield Fun Boy Three.

The quality of FB3's music is seriously underrated I think. OK, the collaborations with Bananarama (surely the only reference that they will ever have on this site!) may have been a bit lightweight in the wake of the show-stopping 'Ghost Town', but listen to 'The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum' and is is clear that this trio were capable of delivering another potent slice of political commentary on the state of the nation that was then being shaped by a recently interred ex-PM. Listen to the chilling 'Well Fancy That!' and dare to describe that as lightweight! Other themes were carried over by FB3 from their time in The Specials.... 'Tunnel of Love' is a perfect sequel to 'Stupid Marriage'.

Performance on the TV show "Switch" 1983
with tracks being "Well Fancy That" ,"Our Lips Are Sealed" and "Farmyard Connection".


01. The More I See (The Less I Believe)
02. Going Home
03. The Thing We Do
04. The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum
05. Well Fancy That!
06. Our Lips Are Sealed
07. The Tunnel Of Love
08. Gangsters


  1. o dear fb3 posts whatever next how about that band with real political lyrical meaning you know who i'm talking about none other than culture club or another artist with the same musical impact as fb3 keith harris and orville after all him and his duck were really popular back then the ducks live performance blew away any fb3 live experience

  2. So my friend, I have a solution that will prevent any offence to your highly tuned musical sensibilities - don't download it.

  3. Many thanks for this.I have great memories from their 83 tour.