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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Sunday 14 July 2013

Hazel O'Connor Royal Court Theatre 24th September 1981

Ok, so there's some very clear Stranglers connections with this one, from Hazel's cover of 'Hanging Around' to her vocal support at the Rainbow gig in early April 1980, when her then beau, Hugh Cornwell was incarcerated just down the road in H.M.P. Pentonville.

I saw Hazel once in 1989 or '90 at Brunel University. At that time she explained that this was her third visit to the university campus, the first being to see the Pistols gig in December 1977 and the second when she was promoting 'Breaking Glass'.

This then is a reasonably early set, which does feature some strong songs.

FLAC: On it's way!


01. So You're Born
02. D-Days
03. Men Of Good Fortune
04. Runaway
05. Hanging Around
06. Animal Farm
07. Blackman
08. Do What You Gotta Do
09. Hello Old Friend
10. Cover Plus
11. Dawn Chorus
12. Will You?
13. Sons And Lovers
14. Eighth Day
15. That's Life
16. I Won't Give Up
17. Give Me An Inch


  1. Interesting set list, hardly any Breaking Glass. First time I saw her was 82 (I think) and some N.F. idiot got a Hazel foot in the head!
    Thanks for sharing, might have. Listen to this one later.

  2. The quality is quite good Steve and I haven't seen too many live recordings around.

  3. I thought Sons & Lovers was pretty good, after persevering with it so I'm looking forward to this. I used to have an older recording from Rockstage, would love to get another copy of that if anyone has it.

  4. Nice one, looking forward to listening to this.



  5. thank you for this, this is spot on the really interesting period of hazel oconnor before she went a little too much folky for my taste.

  6. can you reupload this please.Many Thanks Egil