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, 11 February 2018

The Jam Wessex Hall Poole 9th November 1980

Last night I toddled off with Gunta to the Horn at the Half Moon in Bishops Stortford (our old local). This was a first visit since a management change and an extensive refurbishment. The new owners are looking to turn the pub into a regular music venue which is great news. The Jam'd (a Jam tribute band) were playing which was the reason for us venturing out on a pretty filthy February night.

The pub was heaving and we were dismayed to learn that the gig had sold out so we settled on a few drinks instead. About 15 minutes before the band were due on stage, punters started filing out of the back room. Apparently one of the band has suffered palpitations so the gig was called off at the 11th Hour.

I hope that he is OK.

All this left me with a desire to hear The Jam, so I dug out this one from the 'Sound Affects' tour of 1980.



01. Dream Time
02. Thick As Thieves
03. Boy About Town
04. Monday
05. Going Underground
06. Pretty Green
07. Man In The Corner Shop
08. Set The House Ablaze
09. Private Hell
10. Liza Radley
11. Dreams Of Children
12. The Modern World
13. Little Boy Soldiers
14. But I'm Different Now
15. Start!
16. Scrape Away
17. Strange Town
18. When You're Young
19. To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time)
20. 'A' Bomb In Wardour Street
21. David Watts

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