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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Monday, 6 April 2020

20 From '77(2) 'The Damned can now play three chords, The Adverts can play one.... Hear all four of them at the Electric Circus Manchester 26th June 1977

Sunday 26th June saw a third return of The Damned to the Manchester, having previously played at the Electric Circus on the 21st January and at Middleton Civic Hall on 14th May. The London bands recognised  that more so than any other UK city outside of the capital, Manchester had a parallel scene and as such a receptive and enthusiastic audience. This northern hub of punk for a time had the Electric Circus in the Collyhurst area of the city. The Circus was to Manchester what the  Roxy was to London in terms of being punks home turf and this evening The Damned were once again with Stiff label mates The Adverts (who also supported at the May gig) with The Prefects from Birmingham on the bill too.

The Damned at the Electric Circus
26th June 1977

So here you have something unusual, an audio record of a complete night at the Circus with all three bands recorded by a diligent audience member, the noise of individuals in the crowd and the clink of glasses take you right into the heart of '77 punk in one of its most iconic venues.

The Prefects

The Adverts

The Damned

Artwork (Box case):

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