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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Sunday, 23 May 2021

Whisky A Go Go Los Angeles 7th November 1980


Hugh tells the tale of Mr Cram and offends America

To accompany the Sounds interview, here is one of DomP's remastered recordings of the first of a four night residency at the famous Whisky A Go Go on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. On a grueling 40 date tour of the East and West coasts and seemingly everywhere in between, a tour beset with problems, the band returned to their routes playing to audiences, the larger portions of which were unfamiliar with the band. It was an uphill struggle. Gigs being played with low quality hired equipment (after the thieves made away with all their gear after the gig at New York's Ritz Club on 21st October). Dave in particular battled hardest trying to tame temperamental keyboards, indeed unexpected noises can be heard emanating from Dave's corner throughout the set.

Despite the musical challenges, this sounded like a great tour, at least from a fan's perspective. I would have given my right arm to have been at one of these gigs!

01. Intro
02. Toiler on the Sea (Aborted)
03. Toiler on the Sea
04. I Feel Like A Wog
05. Duchess
06. Hanging Around
07. Down In The Sewer
08. Who Wants The World
09. Just Like Nothing on Earth
10. Threatened
11. Tank
12. Nuclear Device
13. Genetix
14. Dead Loss Angeles
15. The Raven
16. Interview

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