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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Monday 7 October 2013

Way Down Under Australia In February 1979


Ok, so it has been a bad month what with Rapidshare shenanigans and so forth, but on the other hand, in the last few months a couple of real gems have surfaced. Firstly we had the excellent 1980 recording from Minneapolis and now a recording from the band's infamous journey to Australia has come to light. To date this is the only documented recording of their tumultuous time in that country.

It is not clear exactly where and when this was recorded, but Hugh's comments that they would be leaving the day after tomorrow would logically place this at the La Trobe Union Hall in Melbourne on the 13th March 1979, the penultimate date of the tour. This would mean that they left Australia on 15th March after a second night in Melbourne the previous night (this time at Dallas Brooks Hall).

Clearly, this recording sees The Stranglers in a particularly belligerent mood. This is not surprising as throughout their stay in Australia they had clashed with media and politicians alike. In reaction to hostility from the media, the band played up to their bad boys of punk reputation to the fullest extent, most notably on the evening magazine TV show 'Willesee At Seven' which could accurately be described at The Stranglers' Grundy moment!

The Stranglers 'enlighten' the Australian media
'Willesee At Seven', February 1979

So sit back and prepare to be insulted by The Stranglers!

MP3 (as received):


01. Burning Up Time
02. Straighten Out
03. No More Heroes
04. Curfew
05. Threatened
06. Nice 'N' Sleazy
07. I Feel Like A Wog
08. London Lady
09. Toiler On The Sea

By the way, can anyone provide me with a lossless version of this gig.




  1. Thanks for this one Adrian, from what I found out ages ago... I think that this info is moderately accurate. The show was broadcast on what was then called Double J, nowadays it's called Triple J (imaginative huh?) it's one of the few non commercial radio stations in Aus. I'm pretty sure that this found a bootleg release as 'Bondi Lifesavers', which actually points towards the gig being played in Sydney as Melbourne is about as far away from the ocean as you can get, well not really but it is a long way.
    Apart from that, the broadcasting company admitted to the existence of the recording and then provided some bullshit reason as to why they wouldn't make it available.
    The references in the gig are sort of innocuous, other than the leaving comment, there are references which could be applied to Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne and they are all a long way from each other... take your pick.
    There you go... useless information!

  2. Thanks Adrian great post.
    All the best