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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Saturday 7 November 2020

Chelsea Acklam Hall North Kennsington 8th November 1980 and Klubfoot (Clarendon Hotel) Hammersmith 6th February 1988


Most folk who pass by this site will be familiar with Chelsea. They were one of the first wave of bands that sprouted from a collection of London based like minded people. When London SS split, bass player Tony James and drummer John Towe teamed up with Gene October and the sneer that went on to become Billy Idol and formed the first incarnation of Chelsea. They were very short lived and after only a handful of gigs the soon to be Idol, James and Towe departed to form Generation X. Gene retained the band name and regrouped.

Although Chelsea released a couple of singles whilst punk was in the ascendency, their debut, eponymous album did not see the light of day until the summer of 1979. Then came another split and more line up changes until the got back into the studio in January 1982 to record their second, and in my opinion definitive album, 'Evacuate' which was released to critical acclaim in May of that year. 

A Chelsea set these day still features quite a bit of that album and the singles released in the '81/'82 period are very strong too.

Here's a review of the album that appeared in Record Mirror.

Record Mirror (1st May 1982)

Acklam Hall North Kennsington 8th November 1980

01. Free The Fighters
02. Decide
03. Right To Work
04. Fools And Soldiers
05. Right To Work

I am gutted that I wasn't at this gig... what with 999 headlining and the Four Guns in the bill too, a great band from Brighton (a fusion of Generation X, The Clash and the Small Faces!) that I used to go and see quite a lot back in the day.

Klubfoot (Clarendon Hotel) Hammersmith 6th February 1988

06. Decide
07. Evacuate
08. No One's Coming Outside
09. All The Downs
10. How Do You Know?
11. War Across The Nation
12. Only Thinking
13. I Fought The Law
14. You Really Got Me
15. Urban Kids
16. Right To Work

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