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.

Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at

Thursday 31 December 2015

10 From '87 (10) Iggy Pop Werchter Festival Belgium 5th July 1987

Like his mate David Bowie, the mid to late '80's did not represent a real high in Iggy's career. Like so many bands and musicians coming out of a rawer rock/punk background I think the (over) production tendency prevalent at this point in the decade was a challenge, especially in the studio. However, this set sounds good, with a good representation of Stooges material in there too!

Iggy Pop performing at the Werchter Festival, Turnhout, Belgium
5th July 1987


01. 1970
02. Winners And Losers
03. Five Foot One
04. Real Wild Child (Wild One)
05. The Passenger
06. Blah, Blah, Blah
07. Search And Destroy
08. I Wanna Be Your Dog
09. No Fun
10. Raw Power
11. Sweet Sixteen

NEW LINK - Horseshoe Tavern Toronto 14th April 1978

A new restored link to this excellent soundboard recording can be found here.

Wednesday 30 December 2015

John 'Brad' Bradbury

Yesterday was a bad day..... bad for any fan of music. I woke to the news that Lemmy had succumbed to an aggressive cancer and ended the day by receiving a message that Brad of The Specials had also died at 62. As for Lemmy, from recent footage of him struggling on stage (and with some understanding of his lifestyle) his passing was kind of anticipated, but not so with Brad.

I first saw him play as part of the Special Beat, which at the time was the closest that I ever thought that I would get to that Specials experience (the two gigs I saw The Special Beat play remain two of the best gigs I ever had the privilege to witness). Then in 2009 it happened, an almost complete reunion of The Specials themselves..... Manna from Heaven! My most exiting moment in my gig career would have to be the opening of 'Do The Dog' with Brad's machine gun drum intro. Just brilliant.

Here then is a recently surfaced bootleg of The Specials, a tribute to Brad. This is the best quality recording of the band that I have heard outside of official releases.

Enjoy yourself it's later than you think!



01. Dawning Of A New Era
02. Do The Dog
03. It's Up To You
04. Monkey Man
05. Rat Race
06. Blank Expression
07. Rude Boys Outta Jail
08. Concrete Jungle
09. Too Hot
10. Doesn't Make It Alright
11. Stupid Marriage
12. Too Much Too Young
13. Guns Of Navarone
14. Little Bitch
15. A Message To You Rudy
16. Nite Club
17. Gangsters
18. Long Shot Kick De Bucket
19. Liquidator
20. Skinhead Moonstomp
21. Madness
22. You're Wondering Now

Tuesday 29 December 2015

The Venue Middlesbrough 14th July 2015

Here's a recording of the band from this Summer's handful of dates. Many thanks for the trade!


01. Intro
02. Toiler on the Sea
03. Straighten Out
04. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
05. I've Been Wild
06. Four Horsemen
07. Relentless
08. Nice 'N' Sleazy
09. Golden Brown
10. Always the Sun
11. 5 Minutes
12. Freedom Is Insane
13. Time To Die
14. Norfolk Coast
15. I Feel Like a Wog
16. Skin Deep
17. Peaches
18. Time Was Once on My Side
19. Lost Control
20. Duchess
21. Hanging Around
22. Walk On By
23. No More Heroes
24. Outro

Sunday 27 December 2015

The Damned WFMU Session 16th May 2009

Here's one from yer old mates The Damned recorded for US radio.



01. Noise Noise Noise
02. Under The Wheels
03. I Fall
04. Anti-Pope
05. Dr. Woofenstein
06. A Nation Fit For Heroes
07. Ignite
08. There'll Come A Day
09. 13th Floor Vendetta
10. Dark Asteroid
11. New Rose
12. Outro

Friday 25 December 2015

A Happy Christmas And A Peaceful New Year To All!

With thanks for your support and words of encouragement throughout the year!

With a few days off now, I expect to get a few bits and pieces up onto the site.

Adrian x

Sunday 13 December 2015

The Adicts Bahnhof Langendreer Bochum Germany 2nd December 2015

Here's a very recent recording of Ipswich's favourite droogs, The Adicts. Monkey, please get back over to the UK soon!

Many hanks to the original taper!!



01. Intro
02. Let's Go
03. Just Like Me
04. Tango
05. Fuck It Up
06. Easy Way Out
07. Numbers
08. Troubadour
09. Fucked Up
10. Life Goes On
11. Rockin' Wrecker
12. I Am Yours
13. You're All Fools
14. Go Genie Go
15. Chinese Takeaway
16. Bad Boy
17. Joker In The Pack
18. Crazy
19. Steamroller
20. Horrorshow
21. Who Spilt My Beer?
22. Viva La Revolution
23. You'll Never Walk Alone
24. Outro

Sunday 6 December 2015

Wonky V - The Soundtrack

The Stranglers at Effenaar, Eindhoven
20th November 2015

As indicated in Owen's Wonky wrap up email, both gigs that last month's Wonky away days bus trip took in were recorded for posterity.

As has been previously mentioned both gigs were great in every respect, venues, crowd, band and let's not forget organisation. Even better since both gigs this time around were in The Netherlands, the unfathomable token system for drinks wasn't in place so slow the British contingent down!

The band must surely have been knackered as they played these two gigs as the culmination of the European tour. But happily fatigue was held at bay and the band appeared to thoroughly enjoy these two gigs.

The punters seemed to enjoy it too!

Thanks to Chatts99 and MeAnIe for their work on these. Great effort folks!

Baz spies another incoming Alan Munro aerial assault
Effenaar, Eindhoven

Effenaar, Eindhoven



01. Intro-Toiler On The Sea
02. Straighten Out
03. Grip
04. I’ve Been Wild
05. Curfew
06. Relentless
07. Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
08. Golden Brown
09. Always The Sun
10. Midnight Summer Dream-European Female
11. Freedom Is Insane
12. Time To Die
13. Norfolk Coast
14. I Feel Like A Wog
15. Skin Deep
16. Peaches
17. Time Was Once On My Side
18. Lost Control
19. Duchess
20. No More Heroes
21. Encore-All Day And All Of The Night
22. Tank

Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden

01. Intro-Toiler On The Sea
02. Straighten Out
03. Grip
04. I’ve Been Wild
05. Curfew
06. Relentless
07. Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
08. Golden Brown
09. Always The Sun
10. Midnight Summer Dream-European Female
11. Freedom Is Insane
12. Banter-Time To Die
13. Norfolk Coast
14. I Feel Like A Wog
15. Skin Deep
16. Peaches
17. Time Was Once On My Side
18. Lost Control
19. Duchess
20. No More Heroes
21. Encore-Walk On By
22. All Day And All Of The Night
23. Tank

Thanks to Owen Carne and Ruth Jenner for the photos.

Wednesday 25 November 2015

The Models John Peel Session 4th July 1977

There's something for you that is very short but sweet. The models took one part of the punk ethic to heart..... make your mark and don't overstay your welcome. They made but one single, 'Freeze' in 1977, but what a single it was.

Here's the Peel session they did for Uncle John in July of that year.

Of the line up two of these guys went on to greater success with the 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier' incarnation of The Ants.

Cliff Fox (Guitar, Lead Vocals)
Marco (Lead Guitar)
Mick Allen (Bass, Vocals)
Terry Day (Drums)


01. Man Of The Year
02. Censorship
03. Brainwash
04. Freeze

Various Stranglers Related Interviews - by Malcolm Wyatt

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a guy called Malcom Wyatt, a freelance blogger with a healthy interest in The Stranglers. Looking at his site there are a number of interviews conducted over the last couple of years with individual band members as well as that Hugh bloke.

They can be found here. (starts with Hugh - other links are at the bottom of the article)

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Ruts DC Sonic Ballroom Cologne 29th September 2015

I'm very happy to get my grubby little paws on this one. A recording of the band on the European leg of their current tour is always gonna be a treat, but this goes one step further in that it showcases new material that will be included on their new album, most notably 'Surprise' and 'Psychic Attack', songs which have had their first blooding on this tour. Setting aside the trademark dub reggae for a while, the new album returns to rock and promises to be a worthy successor to 1981's dark masterpiece 'Animal Now'.

Many thanks to the original taper for recording and sharing!

The link to the Pledge campaign can be found here.



01. Surprise
02. Whatever We Do
03. Mighty Soldier
04. Backbiter
05. It Was Cold
06. No Time To Kill
07. Mirror Smashed
08. Dangerous Minds
09. Secondhand Child
10. Sus
11. West One (Shine On Me)
12. Psychic Attack
13  Love In Vain/Police & Thieves
14. Jah War
15. Different View
16. Staring At The Rude Boys
17. Babylon's Burning
18. Brand New Cadillac
19. In A Rut
20. Society

Sunday 15 November 2015

Newtown Neurotics Rebellion Festival Blackpool 8th August 2015

Here's The Neurotics at this year's Rebellion Festival at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Many thanks to the original taper!!



01. The Mess
02. Get Up And Fight
03. Mindless Violence
04. Keep The Faith
05. Newtown People
06. Does Anybody Know Where The March Is?
07. When The Oil Runs Out
08. Kick Out The Tories
09. Living With Unemployment

Le Bataclan 25th March 2010

Clearly, this post does not require much of an introduction. Today Le Bataclan, a venue with a long history of entertaining the Parisian population, stands scarred after the events of Friday night.

The Stranglers also have a long history with the venue with their most recent visit being this one from 5 years ago. This was a double celebration. The second Wonky Bus tour had rolled into town and the gig marked Baz Warne's birthday.

 JJ Burnel
Le Bataclan 25th March 2010

 Baz accepts his birthday greetings

Le Bataclan in happier times
25th March 2015



01. Intro
02. Time To Die
03. Go Buddy Go
04. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
05. Curfew
06. Happy Birthday Baz!
07. Norfolk Coast
08. Skin Deep
09. Always The Sun
10. Strange Little Girl
11. Golden Brown
12. Walk On By
13. Retro Rockets
14. Toiler On The Sea
15. Nice 'N' Sleazy

01. Peaches
02. Lost Control
03. Spectre Of Love
04. Nuclear Device
05. Duchess
06. Down In The Sewer
07. Encore Break
08. 5 Minutes
09. Something Better Change
10. No More Heroes

Monday 26 October 2015

Ruts DC The Fleece Bristol 24th October 2015

A couple of years ago I saw Ruts DC in Bristol and was blown away by the band but also the venue. So, on this tour as the Bristol date was scheduled for a Saturday night this was a great opportunity to get away for a short city break for a chance to see something more of the city.

This was my fourth gig in four days and I was feeling my age, so this being the penultimate gig of the UK I was expecting to meet some world weary musicians at the sound check, but Segs and Ruffy were nothing of the sort as we retired to the pub next to the venue for a pint and a chat, The Seven Stars pub has its own special place in the dark side of Bristol's history. This 18th century inn was a base for The Association for the Abolition of the Slave Trade and one of its founding members, Thomas Clarkson. From his associations with the pub and its landlord, who shunned any association with the trade that gave Bristol its wealth, Clarkson was able to disrupt the process whereby the masters of the slavers recruited hands to work the boats and thus damage the trade.

How apt that I was here talking to two blokes who themselves, through their music put up a stand against inequality and racism.

This pub visit also saw a happy reunion after an interval of 30 so years of the band with Mitt Gamon, a very hirsute gentleman who played harmonica on the Rhythm Collision Vol. 1 album.

Having missed the band at their Jazz Cafe date, this was my first chance to catch the tour support, the UK Feds, a nice group of lads from Birmingham who came highly recommended by my son Rudi (who took my ticket for the London show). They were tight as a drum and had the shiniest guitars I have ever seen, the guitarist spent 30 minutes polishing during the soundcheck!

Ruts DC took to the stage opening with a new song 'Surprise', the first of a trio of new offerings. The mix of songs selected for the set is great in that it offers something from every stage of the band's career. Mitt Gamon was invited onto the stage to supplement 'Whatever We Do' and 'Jah War'. At the soundcheck I asked him why it was necessary to transport a harmonica in such a large brief case. He replied 'Well, you never know which key you will be asked to play in so I've got 36 in here!'

'Psychic Attack' and 'Whatever We Do'
The Fleece Bristol
24th October 2015

'In A Rut' rounded off a perfect set  that brightened a very wet Bristol day.

Good luck with the dates down under!

Tuesday 20 October 2015

A Meeting With An Old Soldier Of The 11th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers - October 2015

I have now spent a couple of years researching the military history of Jim Heath, my late maternal Grandfather with special emphasis on his time spent in North West Europe in 1944 to 1945.

The evolving history is documented here:

However, in brief, he landed with the 59th (Staffordshire) Division (5th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment) as a follow-up Division after D-Day on 25th June. Fierce fighting for the pivotal city of Caen and engagements in the area to the south east of Caen decimated the 59th to such an extent that the Division was disbanded and he was transferred to the 49th (West Riding) Division with whom he became a Royal Scots Fusilier of the 11th Battalion. With the 11th R.S.F. he fought across France, Belgium and Holland where wounds received in a notorious place known as The Island (a flooded landscape situated between the Upper and Lower Rhine that separates Nijmegen and Arnhem) ended his active service. Nevertheless, his medical reclassification from A1 to B6 meant that he was still fit for a non-front line posting overseas and he rejoined the RSF in Germany as part of the British Army of Liberation. As part of 12 D.P.A.C.S. (Displaced Persons Assembly Centre) he ended his Army service as an administrator at Bergen-Belsen camp.

My research through the Polar Bear Association  (49th (West Riding) Division) lead me to one Ken West, a hale and hearty 93 year old veteran from Leicester. Last weekend, I had the honour of spending a few hours in conversation with this gentleman to discuss various Polar Bear related topics.

Fusilier West served in D Company but returned to A Company after recovering from wounds received in Normandy. Not fancying the lot of a Rifleman again he pushed his specialism and rejoined the Battalion as a signaller. So it was that their time in the same D Company did not overlap. Nevertheless, another coincidence came to light in the course of the conversation. My Grandfather enlisted with the North Staffordshire Regiment as did Ken’s brother Ernest. For the visit I happened to have with me his order to proceed to Litchfield Infantry Training Centre. He was required to be there on 15th January 1940, the very same day that Ernest was to report too. So, it just may have been the case that Jim and Ernest were acquainted, albeit briefly.

This meeting with Ken West was highly significant for me, as some twenty years after my Grandfather’s death I had the opportunity to talk with a man who shared the same day to day experiences, the terrifying as well as the mundane, in exactly the same places at the same time. I can honestly say that when I started out on this project I never had this in my mind as a possibility.

This was certainly a photo opportunity and Ken was happy to oblige. For the occasion, his blazer and Polar Bear Association tie were retrieved from the wardrobe so that he was with 'his bling'.

Me and Fusilier Ken West 14638023
(note the red 'bling', none other than the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur!)

We shook hands as we parted company and Ken gave Gunta a kiss with the words 'Now you can say you've not only kissed an old soldier, but a French Knight!'

I would like to thank Ken for his time (as well as his son Steve) and also to Gunta who ferried me to Leicester and back.

Saturday 17 October 2015

Adam And The Antz Cineteatro Milan 17th October 1978

We were coming back in the van from Milan and I saw God right there
Adam Ant in Milan October 1978

37 years ago the original Antz were doing a dates in Italy comprising two nights in Milan and two nights in Rome. At this point the band were a million miles from the Royal Variety friendly incarnation that Adam and the Ants went onto become. In 1978, the band were hooked on themes of fetishism (which would not look good in front of the Princess Royal!). 

The songs that they performed in Milan predated any releases (with the exception of Deutscher Girls and Plastic Surgery from Derek Jarman's weird punk film 'Jubilee' and the 'Young Parisians' single).

As good as 'Dirk Wears White Sox' is it is this material (that has surfaced on various demo bootlegs) represents the best of the Antz.

01. Nietzsche Baby
02. Deutscher Girls
03. Whip In My Valise
04. B-Side Baby
05. Friends
06. Juanito the Bandito
07. Zerøx
08. It Doesn't Matter
09. Song for Ruth Ellis
10. Catholic Day
11. Lady
12. Puerto Rican
13. Red Scab
14. Beat my Guest
15. Fall In
16. Plastic Surgery
17. Hampstead
18. Fat Fun
19. Send a Letter to Jordan

Crisis Music: The Cultural Politics of Rock Against Racism

A few weeks ago this title was brought to my attention through an article in the Guardian.

The book was originally published in 2009 and is steeply priced, but it appears to be due to be republished by Autograph (at least the photos of Syd Shelton) for a less wallet denting £30. For those in the London area there is also an exhibition.

The photographs are brilliant, including this wonderful shot of Terry and Neville from the Leeds 1981 RAR gig:

Terry Hall and Neville Staples of The Specials
Rock Against Racism and Anti-Nazi League Carnival
Potternewton Park, Leeds, 1981

The Beat
Coventry, 1981

Segs Jennings, The Ruts
Coventry, 1979

10 From '87 (9) UK Subs Jolly Boatman Hampton Court 21st December 1987

Back from when the Subs hadn't even reached the half way mark in their career road trip through the alphabet. 'Japan Today' was in the shops in 1987, the year this recording was made. This is a great sounding (mixing desk recording) originally available on cassette for purchase at various punk gigs in the late '80s.


01. Hey Santa
02. CID
03. Emotional Blackmail
04. Endangered Species
05. Rock 'n' Roll Savage
06. New York State Police
07. She's Not There
08. Limo Life
09. 500cc
10. Thunderbird
11. Streets on Fire
12. Captain Scarlet
13. SK8 Tough
14. Left for Dead
15. Rockers
16. Warhead
17. Stranglehold
18. New Barbarians
19. Tomorrows Girls
20. Teenage
21. Party in Paris
22. All I Wanna Know
23. Kicks

Friday 16 October 2015

UEA Norwich 11th October 2006

Baz at UEA 11th October 2006

Here is one that I intended to post last weekend, from the Suite XVI tour the lads roll into Norwich.



01. 5 Minutes
02. (Get A) Grip (on Yourself)
03. Spectre Of Love
04. Nice 'N' Sleazy
05. Death & Night & Blood
06. Unbroken
07. Peaches
08. Always The Sun
09. Golden Brown
10. I Hate You
11. Lost Control
12. Summat Outanowt

01. Walk On By
02. Relentless
03. Threatened
04. Burning Up Time
05. All Day & All Of The Night
06. Thrown Away
07. Duchess
08. London Lady
09. Nuclear Device
10. Dagenham Dave
11. No More Heroes

Sunday 11 October 2015

Hugh Cornwell MTC Cologne 20th September 2015

Ok folks, here's a recent offering from Hugh, here playing in the fine city of Cologne last month. Many thanks are due to the original taper for sharing with this site!


01. One Burning Desire
02. Leave Me Alone
03. Hot Cat On A Tin Roof
04. Break Of Dawn
05. Getting Involved
06. Under Her Spell
07. Beat Of My Heart
08. Lay Back On Me Pal
09. First Bus To Babylon
10. Please Don't Put Me On A Slow Boat To Trowbridge
11. Long Dead Train

01. Nice 'N' Sleazy
02. Skin Deep
03. Dagenham Dave
04. Duchess
05. Strange Little Girl
06. Golden Brown
07. Goodbye Toulouse
08. Nuclear evice
09. Hanging Around
10. Always The Sun
11. I Want One Of Those
12. Tank
13. Straighten Out
14. No More Heroes

Joy Division Paradiso Amsterdam 11th January 1980

Doin' the Ian Curtis
Joy Division

I had friends in the late '80's who were mad for Joy Division, but I never really got it. Admittedly my exposure to the band had at that time been limited to 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and the footage of 'Shadowplay' from a rehash of Granada's 'So It Goes' put together to mark the 10th anniversary of punk in 1986 (the latter was most noted by me for Ian Curtis' unique dance moves). 

Years later I watched the desperately bleak 'Control' and as is often the way with music films a 90 minute exposure to the band in the soundtrack sticks with you like a dozen ear worms..... and then I got it. I also got the 'Heart and Soul' box set the following week!

Highly recommended!

Anyway, earlier I posted the 'Too Much Fighting On The Dancefloor' documentary in which bass player Peter Hook reflects on the violence at Joy Division gigs and that prompted me to put this one up, apparently one of the best live recordings on the band.

MP3 (as received):

01. Passover
02. Wilderness
03. Digital
04. Day Of The Lords
05. Insight
06. New Dawn Fades
07. Disorder
08. Transmission
09. Love Will Tear Us Apart
10. These Days
11. A Means To An End
12. 24 Hours
13. Shadowplay
14. She's Lost Control
15. Atrocity Exhibition
16. Atmosphere
17. Interzone

Too Much Fighting On The Dancefloor - A BBC Radio 4 Documentary

Here is a short documentary produced by BBC Radio 4 about tribalism in music and how such strong identification with a tribe frequently caused tensions that were vented in hundreds of gigs in the late '70's and into the '80s.

I started secondary school in 1980 and this was the first time I really became aware of such strong identification with one particular music or another. I thought it was a very positive thing, but then again having ' a wanker' added to a Gary Numan logo on my exercise book wasn't up there dramatically with being razored at a Specials gig!

In those first years of senior school so many fashions and musical styles were represented, mod, punk, ska, metal, futurist, casual. It wasn't so unusual for a kid to leave school on a Friday as a mod and return on Monday morning as a casual! Finding yourself I think it's called.

I suppose I saw the very tail end of some of the violence at gigs, when the bands playing were overtly political they tended to draw the opposition to them. Luckily however, I was never at the receiving end of a beating (not at a gig anyway).

To see a fight at a gig now is a rare occurrence indeed. I think the last fight I saw was actually at the back of a Specials gig, but it was a comic scene, in a slapstick, Keystone cops way, a million miles away from a night out with Sham 69 in 1978!


'Ari Up Ari!'

Saturday 10 October 2015

Head On The Lino - Portraits On Lino Block

I found myself at a rare loose end the other day so I took the opportunity to create another blog site as a repository for various lino prints that I have been doing.

If you too find yourself at a loose end, please take a look.

Monday 5 October 2015

Straighten Out The Musician Leicester 3rd October 2015

A big draw for a lot of Stranglers fans, Straighten Out offer an view of the band in the earlier years, covering the material of the first 4 studio albums. Here I have to thank Evil_Teacup who has permitted this recording (originally on Dime) to be shared here. Cheers!


Rattus Norvegicus

01. Sometimes
02. Goodbye Toulouse
03. London Lady
04. Princess of the Streets
05. Hanging Around
06. Peaches
07. Grip
08. Ugly
09.  Down In The Sewer

10. I Feel Like A Wog
11. The Raven
12. Peasant In The Big Shitty
13. Walk On By
14. Nice n Sleazy
15. Sweden
16. Thrown Away
17. Duchess
18. Nubiles
19. Dagenham Dave
20. Something Better Change
21. Curfew
22. Tank
23. 5 Minutes
24. No More Heroes
25. Straighten Out
26. Nuclear Device - Toiler On The Sea

Sunday 4 October 2015

NEW LINK - Bataclan Paris 6th October 1978


One of the best. One last punk roar before toning it down for The Raven.