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, 27 April 2013

Nashville Review - 21st November 1976?

Whilst rifling through some of the many Stranglers cuttings that I have, I stumbled across a review of an early gig at the Nashville Rooms. It appeared in the short lived music paper National Rock Star. In it the journalist, one John Shearlaw, makes specific mention of the unreliability of the band's equipment, a persistent problem that they themselves have often referred to with regard to the early days. John it would appear was in fact on The Stranglers side in late 1976, a rare example of press support. In the same paper of 4th December he was again responsible for interviewing the band whilst avowing that they were indeed the next big thing.

Interestingly enough this gig mentions the support for the night as Chelsea, a gig which I believe occurred on 21st November 1976. Mention is also made of a stage invasion during the encore, which makes me think that the photograph below is also from this gig. The Finchleys are on the stage, exactly a week after their first encounter with the band at the Torrington pub on 14th.

The Nashville Rooms - 21st November 1976
This photo by Ray Stevenson is credited to have been taken in 1977, but from an admittedly incomplete gig chronology, in early '77 the band were travelling further afield from their London base introducing themselves in the English towns. The London dates (prior to the bans) were generally in the larger established music venues such as the Rainbow and Roundhouse by this time. Effectively with the record deal and the release of 'Rattus' in April their pub residency days were behind them.
Here's the follow up piece from December.


  1. Brilliant, thanks for sharing these gems.

  2. 21 Nov 76, yes, Stranglers supported by Chelsea. It was the last Chelsea gig with Billy Idol before he defected to for Gen