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, 25 May 2013

'Hello Cleveland!' Agora Ballrooms 3rd April 1978

To complement the recent interview with JJ (here) discussing the upcoming and previous tours of the US, here's a remastering of one of the best recordings of the band from this period. I seem to recall reading an interview with The Police in an old music paper, when they were on their first tour of the US, also in 1978 and they were complaining that the attitude that The Stranglers had brought with the in April and May had made life very difficult for UK new wave bands following in their wake..... poor old Sting!

Previously uploaded onto the excellent 'Rat Zone', a French Stranglers forum, it is again uploaded here with permission (thanks Eric) for your easy listening pleasure.

So here it is then, the Stranglers at their brutal and belligerent best in America.


  1. Absolute brilliant recording!
    1978 : first time I saw The Stranglers; what great memories.
    Thanks for sharing this Adrian!


  2. Great one, Adrian! I always seem to come back to the B&W tour gigs, and this one is the best - can't wait to hear the remastered version. Cheers for now, Dave Sez.

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  4. Is there a possibility to put in new links?This is nr 2 in the album series.What is nr 1 and etc...

  5. Thanks a lot for the new link.

  6. Hi Adrian,

    Just to say there's an unremastered FM version of this gig @320 available here:


    Dave Sez.