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

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Damned KOKO Camden London 16th February 2018

Not 48 hours since they went off stage I am pleased to give you The Damned at KOKO!!

I need say no more... this set speaks for itself. I need only thank Chatts99 for the share, borobri for the artwork and someone called Ramona for the inner picture!


Saturday, 17 February 2018

Steve Diggle Sound House Leicester 15th February 2013

And talking of Steve Diggle here's a solo gig of his that I was planning to put up on Thursday.



01. Fast Cars
02. Promises
03. Unthinkable
04. Planet Star
05. Wallpaper World
06. Love Is Lies
07. What Do I Get?
08. Terminal
09. Autonomy
10. Orgasm Addict
11. Banter
12. I Can’t Promise Anything To You
13. Sick City Sometimes
14. Ever Fallen In Love
15. Harmony In My Head
16. Why She’s A Girl From The Chainstore
17. I’ve Got A Feeling
18. What Else Can You Do?

The Damned KOKO London 16th February 2018

Dave Vanian Struts!
KOKO London 16th February 2018
(Photo: Ramona Andrews)

Well, we have been very tardy this year what with this being the first name band gig we have seen in 2018!

Early on in this 'Evil Spirits' tour I had read some disparaging comments about the bands' performance which surprised me as here for the first time since the mid-'90's three quarters of one of The Damned's classic line ups were back. I say one of the classic line ups as I see The Damned as two bands almost, the Brian James line up and the post-James incarnations of the band. Don't get me wrong I love them both but they are very different animals. 'Damned Damned Damned' is one of the albums that defined punk and well deserves its place as a classic album. There is however as you know that other side of the band represented no better than by the 'Holy Trinity' of Damned albums that are 'Machine Gun Etiquette', 'The Black Album' and 'Strawberries'. As it just so happens that Paul Gray performed bass duties on two of those, that for me makes the Scabies/Vanian/Sensible/Gray team the other classic line up and my personal favourite.

Anyhow I am waffling now, the point is Paul and his Rickenbacker were back and the potential was there for a cracking gig and that is precisely what we got. It was billed as an early gig as there was a club night afterwards. Apparently The Damned were not best pleased with this arrangement but for those travelling from outside of London I have to say such early stage times suit very nicely! So Holst's 'Mars' heralded the band on stage at 7.50 sharp. The Captain was suffering with a serious cold.... but like most men he didn't make a big thing about it!! I think for serious fans of The Damned a set heavy in material from 'The Black Album' and 'Strawberries' was at the top of the wish list and this is what we got. If not quite 'Fifty Shades of Gray' what we got was almost half of the set picked from this period. The opening salvo of 'Wait for the Blackout'. 'Lively Arts' and 'Silly Kids Games' set the tone for the evening. Highlights from the night were the aforementioned 'Lively Arts', 'Gun Fury', 'Dozen Girls' and 'Street Of Dreams'. On this occasion we took our daughter Ramona with us and she dragged us right to the front. Aside from running the risk of catching Sensible's cold from the stage, from this vantage point it was easy to see the joy that Captain and Paul have to be playing together again..... brilliant chemistry!

(Photo: Ramona Andrews)

After the last notes of 'Jet Boy Jet Girl' spat from the PA, the house lights came up and we prepared to negotiate our exist from KOKO.... lots of steps. I pulled Ramona up when I spied the familiar figure of Leigh Heggarty at the bar. Going over with Mo in tow to congratulate him on a very successful trip down under as Stranglers support I spotted an equally familiar figure leaning against the bar..... one Marco Pirroni. Now Ramona is a big Adam and the Ants fan so she was thrilled to meet him briefly, and even more so when he identified Klaus Nomi on her DIY boiler suit creation!

Ramona meets 'A Man Called Marco'

This started half an hour of Ramona playing punk top trumps. Having met Gaye Advert in the pub before the gig and then Marco, she set of in pursuit of Steve Diggle following a tip of from Leigh that he was in the vicinity. On this occasion the Buzzcock gave her the slip...... but she did manage to collar The Members' J.C. Carroll outside the venue!

For those seeing them at The Forum tonight..... enjoy!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Jam Wessex Hall Poole 9th November 1980

Last night I toddled off with Gunta to the Horn at the Half Moon in Bishops Stortford (our old local). This was a first visit since a management change and an extensive refurbishment. The new owners are looking to turn the pub into a regular music venue which is great news. The Jam'd (a Jam tribute band) were playing which was the reason for us venturing out on a pretty filthy February night.

The pub was heaving and we were dismayed to learn that the gig had sold out so we settled on a few drinks instead. About 15 minutes before the band were due on stage, punters started filing out of the back room. Apparently one of the band has suffered palpitations so the gig was called off at the 11th Hour.

I hope that he is OK.

All this left me with a desire to hear The Jam, so I dug out this one from the 'Sound Affects' tour of 1980.



01. Dream Time
02. Thick As Thieves
03. Boy About Town
04. Monday
05. Going Underground
06. Pretty Green
07. Man In The Corner Shop
08. Set The House Ablaze
09. Private Hell
10. Liza Radley
11. Dreams Of Children
12. The Modern World
13. Little Boy Soldiers
14. But I'm Different Now
15. Start!
16. Scrape Away
17. Strange Town
18. When You're Young
19. To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time)
20. 'A' Bomb In Wardour Street
21. David Watts

Hala Sportova Belgrade 13th February 2004

Here's an almost anniversary set from the 'Norfolk Coast' period.



01. Intro
02. Norfolk Coast
03. Skin Deep
04. All Day And All Of The Night
05. Peaches
06. Long Black Veil
07. Always The Sun
08. Ive Been Wild
09. Grip
10. Lost Control
11. Never To Look Back
12. Walk On By
13. Golden Brown
14. Sinister
15. Mine All Mine
16. I Dont Agree
17. Something Better Change
18. Tank
19. Big Thing Coming
20. Hanging Around
21. No More Heroes

Dee Dee Ramone Lava Lounge Long Beach CA 11th February 2000

Solo set from the late, great Dee Dee Ramone. 18 years ago tonight.


01. Intro
02. Rockaway Beach
03. Teenage Lobotomy
04. Commando
05. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
06. Beat On The Brat
07. Chinese Rocks
08. Rock ‘N’ Roll Vacation On L.A.
09. I Wanna Be Sedated
10. Cretin Hop
11. Bad Little Go Go Girl
12. Hop Around
13. Born To Lose
14. Do You Love Me?
15. Please Mr Postman
16. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
17. Judy Is A Punk
18. Come On Now
19. Pinhead
20. 53rd & 3rd
21. Punishment Fits The Crime