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, 5 October 2020

20 From '82 (17) Motorhead De Montfort Hall Leicester 7th April 1982


Motorhead, now there is a funny old band! Like The Stranglers, they pre-dated punk, playing the same pub haunts. They looked like rockers, but didn't sound particularly heavy metal although they went with the flow when in 1980 the New Wave of British Heavy Metal or NWOBHM raised its hairy head. To my ear they always sounded more aligned with punk than with metal and the band, Lemmy especially was a regular face on the early London punk scene.

Lemmy and Gaye Avert shopping for basses

Lemmy with another well known 'bass player'

Lemmy and Lydon

Just as Lemmy was confortable with punk, so punks were happy with Motorhead. I saw them a few times, first time in 1987, then with The Damned and finally at Guildfest. They were loud! 

This recording is from 1982's 'Iron Fist' tour, the last by what most people consider to be the classic line up of the band:

Ian 'Lemmy' Kilminster
'Fast' Eddie Clarke
Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor

Eddie Clarke left the band a month later in the middle of a US tour.

Record Mirror (22nd May 1982)

Some of their later material was not so hot, but classic line up albums of 'Overkill', 'Bomber', 'The Ace of Spades' and the live offering 'No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith' are classic albums.

01. Intro
02. Iron Fist
03. Heart Of Stone
04. Shoot You In The Back
05. The Hammer
06. Jailbait
07. White Line Fever
08. Leaving Here
09. (Don't Need) Religion
10. Go To Hell
11. Capricorn
12. (Don't Let 'Em) Grind Ya Down
13. (We Are) The Road Crew
14. Ace Of Spades
15. No Class
16. Bite The Bullet
17. The Chase Is Better (Than The Catch)
18. Overkill
19. Encore Break
20. Bomber
21. Encore Break
22. Motorhead

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