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 August 2017

The Boring Annual Subscription Appeal

Hi Folks,

Sorry to bore you again with more of the same. I have just received notification that the first of the two We Transfer accounts that I currently maintain for this site is up for annual renewal. I won't repeat what I have said before since this can be seen on one of the permanent posts that can be found on the right hand side of the site.

I appreciate that in 2017 I have not been as prolific with my posts as in the previous six years. This has chiefly been down to the fact that a large proportion of my limited free time has this year been taken up with activities associated with the publication of my book on my Grandfather's wartime service. This became an absolute priority for me, not least because I was determined that the veterans that had so generously helped me with their invaluable memories that progressed my research had the opportunity to read the book. In this I  am not being morbid, just practical.

I still really enjoy maintaining this site and giving my own insights into The Stranglers, punk and anything else that floats my boat. I note that the majority of the blog sites that were up and running when I started Aural Sculptors in 2011 have fallen by the wayside. It is not my intention to do so for a while yet..... but it has costs associated with it. Over the years the same people have contributed and to them I am always grateful. To others, if you have ever downloaded anything from the site please consider contributing a pound or two.

All the best!


Thursday 17 August 2017

Sunday 13 August 2017

Oxegen Festival 13th July 2008

Okay, here's a gig from nine years ago, a short but great quality (soundboard) recording of the band at the Oxegen Festival in Ireland.


01. Always The Sun
02. Peaches
03. Strange Little Girl
04. Golden Brown
05. Walk On By
06. All Day And All Of The Night
07. Something Better Change
08. Duchess
09. No More Heroes

Eastfield Victoria Inn Derby 13th August 2004

Here's an anniversary gig from Eastfield. This would have been around the time when my mate Chris was playing drums with them.


01. Mannion
02. Fare Dodging
03. Broad Street Trash
04. Aspartame
05. Drive On Henry
06. Vic Bury
07. Revolution
08. Swayze
09. Pepper
10. Beast Of Bratislava
11. 47002
12. Henry Jackson
13. Bevland

Sunday 6 August 2017

David Bowie Milton Keynes Bowl 5th August 1990

Here's another anniversary gig (well almost) from the late, great David Bowie. This was taken from his 1990 'Sound & Vision' tour. If I recall correctly this was the tour where he came up with the idea of the fans voting for what songs appeared in the tour set. 'The Laughing Gnome' was the runaway winner, but this was too much for Dave and the song never made it into the set!

Without Bowie and his undoubted musical genius, 90% of the bands who appear on these pages just would not exist.



01. Intro
02. Space Oddity
03. Rebel Rebel
04. Ashes To Ashes
05. Fashion
06. Life On Mars
07. Blue Jean
08. Let's Dance
09. Stay
10. Ziggy Stardust
11. Station To Station

01. Station To Station (Continued)
02. Young Americans
03. China Girl
04. Suffragette City
05. Fame
06. Heroes
07. Jean Genie/Gloria
08. White Light/White Heat
09. Modern Love