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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Tuesday 10 November 2020

The Fun Boy Three The Ritz New York 7th July 1983 - Don't Mock The Moccasins!


Terry Hall.... a national treasure in a country in which I despair about how such characters are defined. I appreciate that not everything he has done musically over the past 40 plus years iseverybody's cup of tea, but the quality has been consistent. The Specials, to the Fun Boy Three, through to the Colourfield and his solo stuff.... be honest a man can't belt out 'Gangsters' for the rest of his life. He has a great voice. His politics are unwaivering.... anti-racist until the day he dies. These three guys have done so much, then and now, to point out the pointless bullshit that racism entails.

In the transition from DMs to moccasins and chinese slippers it was only the footwear that changed... the politics was still there, but the popular musical climate dictated that that it needed to de imparted in a more subtle way. By '82/'83 they were up against the likes of Wham and Roman Holiday for fucks sake!

Anyway, bollocks I love 'em!



01. Intro
02. Faith, Hope and Charity
03. The More I See (The Less I Believe)
04. The Pressure of Life
05. The Farmyard Connection
06. Best of Luck Mate
07. Going Home
08. The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)
09. Well Fancy That
10. Summertime > Alibi
11. Our Lips Are Sealed
12. Tunnel Of Love
13. Gangsters
14. The End (The Doors)
15. It Ain't What You Do
16. Our Lips are Sealed (Reprise)

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