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, 21 April 2019

The Specials Brixton Academy London May 2009

...... and then it happened. Boom! Following on from their appearance on the Isle of Wight a full tour was announced. I'm sure that my experience of near panic on the day of ticket release was shared by thousands. Indeed, the entire tour sold out in minutes but I managed to get tickets for three or four dates. Come the day they actually got to play (the first London date was cancelled due to Terry Hall suffering from throat problems) I was shaking with anticipation as the house light were dropped. Brad's thunderous drum intro to 'Do The Dog' coincided with the dropping of a screen to reveal The Specials on stage. The moment was captured on what has to be the greatest cover CD freebie ever released.


Respect to all those involved in the making of 2 Tone, long may it continue!

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