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, 24 July 2021

The Damned Carling Academy Islington 8th May 2005


Another 2005 vintage gig, this time from The Damned. Listening to this again the other day I was surprised by a mystery track in the set…. a song called ‘Magic Potion’. Looking back over the collection it became apparent that this cover appeared in the band’s set for a while. An obscure British psychedelic rock band by the name of ‘The Open Mind’ released the original in August 1969. They weren’t overly prolific releasing one album under the name. I have always found that The Damned have long had the knack of dredging up obscure and not so obscure songs to cover that suit them so well, from White Rabbit to Eloise. 



01. Intro
02. Street Of Dreams
03. Second Time Around
04. I Just Can’t Be Happy Today
05. Democracy
06. Neat Neat Neat
07. History Of The World
08. Captain Speaks
09. Antipope
10. Ignite
11. Alone Again Or
12. Absinthe
13. Plan 9 Channel 7
14. Magic Potion
15. Captain Speaks
16. Neverland
17. New Rose
18. Eloise
19. Encore Break

01. Captain/Monty Muck About
02. Jet Boy Jet Girl
03. Looking At You
04. Encore Break
05. Smash It Up
06. Outro


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