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.

Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at

Tuesday 5 October 2021

The Specials BBC Radio Theatre 29th September 2021 (Steve Lamacq BBC 6 Music)


My God, do I need The Specials in my life right now. I tend to shy away from politics on this site, but recent events, fuel shortages, sparse goods on supermarket shelves and to cap it all the nausiating greed driven skullduggery of the mega rich and their creative, loop hole savvy accountants revealed in the 'Pandora's Box' papers is almost enough to make me want to don my revolutionary cap and man the barricades! The good news is that The Specials are feeling it too!

There, they said it!

Promoting their new album the band appeared on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6 Music show last week with a mix of old songs and new songs showcased from the 'Protest Songs 1924-2012' album. The Specials always had an eye for he cover and they retain that skill to this day. 



01. Interview
02. Introduction – Steve Lamacq
03. Do Nothing
04. Freedom Highway
05. Everybody Knows
06. Stereotype
07. Ain't Gonna Let Nobody
08. Listening Wind
09. A Message To You Rudy