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

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Madness Markthalle Hamburg 29th November 1981

By far the most commercially successful, not to mention chart friendly band of the 2 Tone crop were Madness. Like The Beat, The Nutty Boys association with the label was short lived... just one single 'The Prince', but regardless they are forever associated with the 2 Tone movement.

Of the bands who appeared early on the label, Madness stood out as the only non multi racial group which stood them in line for criticism from certain quarters. The single that they did put out on 2 Tone is a perfect piece of pop that still features in their set today. As mentioned in the introduction the original incarnation of the band lost their way and parted company in the mid-80's. However, in 1992 they came back with a high profile 'Madstock' festival in London's Finsbury Park. Since then they have experienced some personnel changes but have continued to tour and release new music (which is of a very high standard and well worth hunting down).

01. Embarrassment
02. Sign Of The Times
03. Close Escape
04. Day On The Town
05. Bed & Breakfast Man
06. Disappear
07. Pac-A-Mac
08. When Dawn Arrives
09. My Girl
10. Cardiac Arrest
11. Promises Promises
12. Take It Or Leave It
13. Shut Up
14. Tommorrow's Dream
15. Mrs Hutchinson
16. Baggy Trousers
17. Missing You
18. Madness
19. Grey Day
20. Rockin' In Ab
21. It Must Be Love
22. The Prince
23. One Step Beyond

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