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 July 2013

JJ Burnel With Republika Live In Warsaw 1986


Here's an interesting recording that I have re-ripped from cassette today. At some point in 1986 JJ did a guest vocal appearance with Polish punk band Republika in Warsaw. Four early Stranglers songs were played (albeit not very well). Actually that may be a little unfair on the musicians as the worst performance was by the vocalist Mr B himself.

Listen to 'Hanging Around' and it is immediately evident that when he shared the stage with Hugh playing these same songs night after night he had not listened to the lyrics too closely! Nevertheless, it is an excellent recording from a 1st generation tape I got in a trade from Poland back in 1986.

Scouring the net for further information proved to be rather fruitless, but the audio of the same gig is on Youtube and with it appear the following stills which presumably were taken at the gig.

Anyone visiting from Poland who can shed more light on this event?



01. Peaches
02. No More Heroes
03. Hanging Around
04. London Lady


  1. Thanks for this , only ever had Peaches from this gig.

  2. Great stuff, cheers Adrian.

  3. Out of control Festival 31-08-1986 I think this is the date for this gig.