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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Friday 13 November 2020

Iron Maiden Summer Festival Milwaukee 26th June 1981


Hee hee! Well if The Human League challenged some (although on that front the feedback was positive I have to say), opinions on this one may be something else again. Why Iron Maiden you may ask, well...  in the simplest terms, I cannot think of many bands beginning with I (well I can but they are not in my collection) and I don't have any live material by Infa Riot, so choices are limited.

Nevertheless, Iron Maiden. Were they not one of the 'metal' bands, in the company of Motorhead, Thin Lizzy and AC/DC that punks could admit to listening to? In 1980, being East End lads, Garry Bushell was interviewing them side by side with the Cockney Rejects. Iron Maiden early doors were a guitar solo or two away from the punks anyway. Singer Paul Di'Anno certainly looked as if he would be equally at home in the UK Subs as frontman in one of the leading lights of the so called New Wave of British Heavy Metal (or N.W.O.B.H.M.).

So here you go, no apologies.... it wasn't me who devised the alphabet!


Artwork: In download file.

01. The Ides Of March
02. Sanctuary
03. Purgatory
04. Wrathchild
05. Remember Tomorrow
06. Another Life
07. Genghis Khan
08. Killers
09. Innocent Exile
10. Twilight Zone
11. Murders In The Rue Morgue
12. Phantom Of The Opera
13. Iron Maiden
14. Running Free
15. Transylvania
16. Drifter

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the letter I! Great band (the first three albums are classics), loved the 'punky' Di Anno period. And Phantom of the Opera is Maidens Down in the Sewer ;-)