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.

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In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

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Thursday, 28 May 2020

Adam And The Ants Brighton Centre 28th December 1981

I was three months shy of my 13th birthday when Adam and the Ants came back to Brighton. Actually, I was offered a ticket to see The Police two weeks before, they were currently embarked on their 'Ghost In The Machine' tour. It would have been good, I had most of their singles and I liked them, but my sights were fixed on the Ants in that last week of December. My uncle, at that time a taxi driver in Brighton, sacrificed a few fares in order to queue in line for tickets on the day the box office opened for sale (these were of course the days where you had to go to the venue in advance to get physical tickets!). He was successful and on the evening of 28th December, myself and two school mates excitedly prepared ourselves for our first proper gig.

I well recall the 'Ant Disco' pumped out over the PA to warm the audience up, the choices of the band members..... Roxy Music's 'Pyjamarama' and 'Virginia Plain', along with the Pistol's 'Anarchy in the UK' etc etc. The support act were some manner of dance troupe that were frankly lost on us three, we were only interested in the main event!

This recording of the first night in Brighton on the 28th is not as clear as the Birmingham Odeon recording I posted the other day, but it is a full set recording. That set drew heavily on the 'Kings' album and 'Prince Charming' of course. For some reason, 'Dirk Wears White Sox' was seriously under represented on this tour with the exception of 'Cartrouble'. This was a big disappointment for me, since whilst 'Kings of the Wild Frontier' was, and indeed continues to be, a great album, 'Dirk' for me was the one. As for 'Prince Charming', can anyone really stand up and claim, hand on heart, that it is a great album?

Inclusions and omissions in this set, now looking back at it from a distance of almost 40 years, come as a great surprise. What was the rationale for excluding 'Stand and Deliver' from the set, arguably the best known of the band's hits. All the more baffling when the throwaway pantomime piece 'Ant Rap' was played not once but twice (presumably by virtue of the fact that it was at the time the current latest single from the band, and, unbeknown to most, their last). A.N.T.S. also got in there, a 'Flexipop' magazine freebie of little merit.

Since 1980, Adam had seen fit to put out B-sides of re-recorded songs that harked back to the unsigned early Ants and this represented some of their best material for me. 'Christian D'ior' and 'Physical' were great in that respect but there could have been more for an already discerning and critical 12 year old!



01. The Magnificent Five
02. Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios
03. Five Guns West
04. That Voodoo
05. S.E.X.
06. Scorpios
07. Antmusic
08. Don't Be Square (Be There)
09. Ant Rap
10. Prince Charming
11. The Human Beings

01. Ants Invasion
02. Killer In The Home
03. Dog Eat Dog
04. Jolly Roger
05. Los Rancheros
06. Cartrouble
07. Christian D'or
08. A.N.T.S.
09. Kings Of The Wild Frontier
10. Ant Rap (Reprise)
11. Physical (You're So)

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