NURSE WITH WOUND – The Sylvie And Babs Hi-Fi Companion [1985]

Necessary chance in music – or the calculated musical madness of NWW

Nurse with Wound is the main recording name for British musician Steven Stapleton. Nurse with Wound was originally a band, formed in 1978 by Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heman Pathak. The band’s work has explored genres such industrial, noise, dark ambient, and drone. Their early recordings, all made quickly, were heavily influenced by free improvisation and krautrock and were generally considered industrial music, despite the objections of the group.

By 1981, only Stapleton was left from the original trio and he now regards 1982’s Homotopy to Marie as being the first proper Nurse with Wound release.[4] There are now over 40 full length NWW titles. Stapleton’s fondness for dada, surrealism and absurdist humor are demonstrated in much of NWW’s output, which, though it draws directly on a wide assortment of genres (including cabaret music, nursery rhymes, John Cage, The Beach Boys, krautrock, ambient music, and easy listening), retains a distinctive and recognizable aura. Musique concrète may be the most prominent touchstone due to Stapleton’s frequent, and often humorous, use of creative tape loops and editing.[citation needed] This aesthetic is fully represented in the artwork on the album covers, virtually all of which are created by Stapleton, mostly under the pseudonym “Babs Santini” – Wikipedia

The Sylvie and Babs Hi-Fi Companion (1985), L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords (reissued by United Dairies, 1995)

1. You Walrus Hurt The One You Love

2. Great Balls Of Fur

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