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, 23 July 2022

Paradiso Amsterdam 2nd September 1977 Record Mirror 24th September 1977


Take a few minutes to read Sheila Prophet's review of the band's first appearance at the legendary Paradiso venue in Amsterdam. I was intrigued at the mention of 'Dead Loss Angeles'.... 'a sort of 'Peaches' revisited, with added cynicism - a damnation of the lifestyle on America's West Coast, an area Hugh hates'.

There is no denying that Prophet is describing that song.... but in September 1977!! Was it in the soundcheck? It does not appear in the bootleg that I have of the gig that can be found here.


  1. That is a real oddity. It is a perfect description of DLA....and why would he type that title (missing an 's' of course) out of the blue? But not on tape? My only thought is.....didn't they do two nights at the Paradiso in Sept (21/22?) - maybe he is referring to one night and the tape you have is another?

  2. That was Mark T