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

Sunday 29 July 2018

Naughty Boys Down Under

A brief insight into the band's incendiary 1979 visit to Australia.

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A recording of one of the gigs of the tour (in all likelihood Sydney) can be found here.

Aural Augasm - Hugh Cornwell Interviews 1983

Another restored vinyl bootleg featuring a couple of short interviews with Hugh. That's as always to Eric and The Rat Zone.


Ever Wished You Were A Few Years Older Than You Are?

How's this for a fun packed week. In the first week of November 1979 you could have seen the following bands:

John's Boys (a thinly disguised Jam!)
The Vapors
The Pretenders
The Lurkers
and Buzzcocks

And that's even allowing for two nights off!

1979...... the greatest year for music ever!

Johnny Moped - The Roxy Club London 3rd February 1977

'Basically it's all about pogo-ing!'

Here's the baffling Johnny Moped live at the Roxy Club, London was back in the day. A soundboard recording it has stood the test of time.



01. Groovy Ruby
02. Wild Breed
03. Little Queenie
04. Hellrazor
05. 3rd Time
06. Incendiary Device
07. Something Else
08. No One
09. Hard Lovin’ Man
10. Groovy Ruby
11. Wild Breed
12. Little Queenie
13. Hellrazor
14. 3rd Time
15. Incendiary Device
16. Something Else
17. No One

Saturday 28 July 2018

Mick Jagger Centre 27th July 2006

An almost anniversary gig and an acoustic one at that. From the Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford.


01. Instead Of This
02. Long Black Veil
03. Dutch Moon
04. European Female
05. Princess Of The Streets
06. Strange Little Girl
07. Always The Sun
08. In The End
09. English Towns
10. Southern Mountains
11. Golden Brown
12. Don’t Bring Harry/Cruel Garden
13. Never Too Look Back
14. No More Heroes
15. I Hate You
16. Sanfte Kuss
17. Walk On By

Saturday 14 July 2018

Buzzcocks Maxwell's Hoboken NJ 15th July 1991

Here's another anniversary gig with an early reformation gig from Buzzcocks. Interestignset list with a couple of songs from their aborted album that never mad ethe cur for the excellent 'Trade Test Transmission' comeback album of 1993.



01. I Don't Mind
02. Love You More
03. Who Will Help Me To Forget
04. Alive Tonight
05. Tranquilizer
06. Run Away From Home
07. Last To Know
08. Autonomy
09. Get On Our Own
10. Dreaming
11. Never Gonna Give It Up
12. Everybody's Happy Nowadays
13. No Comprimise
14. When Love Turns Around
15. Serious Crime
16. Isolation
17. Mad Mad Judy
18. Harmony In My Head
19. What Do I Get
20. Ever Fallen In Love
21. Fast Cars
22. Orgasm Addict
23. Boredom

Monday 9 July 2018

The Adicts Sea Scouts Hall Cambridge 1981

Last week it was my pleasure once again to see ex-pat Ipswich punks The Adicts in London. It was a fantastic gig and as ever Monkey was a very messy boy!

Here's an early set from then recorded in Cambridge at some point in 1981.


01. Just Like Me/Distortion
02. Easy Way Out
03. Pictures
04. Sensitive
05. Mary Whitehouse
06. Peculiar Music
07. Wild Thing
08. Songs Of Praise
09. Let’s Spend The Night Together
10. Dynasty
11. Let’s Go
12. Numbers
13. Straight Jacket
14. Organised Confusion
15. Tutti Fruitti

Sunday 8 July 2018

Music En Stock Festival Cluses France 8th July 2008

Here's another anniversary gig. One of the first to be played post Paul.



01. The Raven
02. Big Thing Coming
03. All Day & All Of The Night
04. Peaches
05. Long Black Veil
06. Death & Night & Blood
07. Toiler On The Sea
08. Golden Brown
09. Always The Sun
10. Never To Look Back
11. Goodbye Toulouse
12. Sommat Outta Nothing
13. Walk On By
14. I’ve Been Wild
15. Lost Control
16. Duchess
17. Burning Up Time
18. London Lady

01. 5 Minutes
02. JJ Speaks
03. Dagenham Dave
04. No More Heroes

LINK RESTORED: Move Festival Old Trafford Cricket Ground Manchester 8th July 2004

LINK RESTORED: Move Festival  Old Trafford Cricket Ground Manchester 8th July 2004 (here).

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