NURSE WITH WOUND – Rock’n Roll Station

From the album Second Pirate Session: Rock’n Roll Station Special Edition (1998)

Nurse With Wound is the surrealistic musical vehicle for the outsider artist and British eccentric Steven Stapleton. Working as a sign-writer in London in the late 1970’s, he was called to paint the window at BMS studios in London. Having become friendly with the studio engineer, Nicky Rogers, he claimed to already have a band and was offered free studio time over the weekend, when the studio was officially closed. Gathering together two friends who were also obsessive obscure music collectors, Heman Pathak and John Fothergill, Nurse With Wound were born, and unleashed themselves upon an unsuspecting studio. None of them could play an instrument, instead they chose to throw nuts and bolts on a guitar, make random noises, and create whatever effects they could. Nicky Rogers, in despair played some “commercial guitar”, to try and a touch of music, and the proceeding racket became their first album Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella, and the record label United Dairies was created to distribute it.

Slowly, the band grew apart, and by the time of Homotopy to Marie, became solely the vision of Steven Stapleton. His works started focusing less on Industrial and Noise, becoming more and more focused on creating works of abstract sound, drafting in friends and accomplices from the musical underground as semi-permanent band members. Sometime during the 1980’s, Steven and his wife, Diana Rogerson (aka Crystal Belle Scrodd), left London to live in a farmhouse in County Clare, Ireland. This farmhouse has become something of a work of art in progress, Stapleton filling the grounds and the building with sculptures, and paintings, and it has become an area where like-minded artists stay, and become incorporated into the Nurse With Wound machine.

Steve Stapleton is something of a recluse, rarely leaving his home in Ireland, and rarely giving interviews. In 2006 he played two days of live improvisation at The Great American Music Hal, his first live performance since the 1980’s with his Bar Maldoror happenings. Since then he has gone on to perform live regularly as he claimed to find live performance easy. During the time before his live performances, his most important musical accomplice has been Colin Potter, a sound engineer based in Preston, England. The two men rarely work together in a studio; Stapleton prepares his material, then delivers them to Colin Potter, and tells him the kind of extra work he would like, and Potter polishes and twists the material to Stapleton’s plan. – Rate Your Music


Rock’n Roll Station (lyrics)

I’m in the Rock’n’roll session
and I’m waiting for Michael
He’s not here
Brand new Cadillac
Grose module
Chouette
Do you remember?
It was 1959
The observatory
What a strange story
Rock’n’roll session is a session where we can do what we want to do
Chouette
Grose module
Jack’s bicycle is music
Grose module
Chouette
Everything is possible
Rock’n’roll station is a second pirate session of a strange wax
Grose module
Listening
Listening
Listening to the outlaw of the Rock’n’roll session
Outlaw
Outlaw
I’m in the Rock’n’Roll session
and I’m waiting for Michael
He’s not here
Brand new Cadillac
Do you remember?
It was 1959
The observatory
What a strange story
Rock’n’roll station is a station where we can do what we want to do
Chouette
Jack’s bicycle is music to my ears
Everything’s possibe
possible
Rock’n’roll session is a second pirate session of a strange wax
Grose module
Listening
Listening to a Rock’n’roll session
is to be
is to be
Rock’n’roll session is a second pirate session of a strange wax
Listening to the Rock’n’roll session
outlaw
outlaw
I’m in a Grose module and I’m waiting for a Rock’n’roll session
Chouette
Who?
He’s not here
It was 1959
The observatory
I’m in a Rock’n’roll session and I’m waiting for a Grose module
A Rock’n’roll session is a session when we can do what we want to do
but hang on
Jack’s bicycle
Do you remember?
I’m in the Rock’n’roll session
And I’m waiting for michael
Who?
He’s not here
Brand new Cadillac
1959
The observatory
The strange story
Everything is possible
possible
possible
A Rock’n’roll session is a second pirate session of a strange wax
But I’m listening
Listening to a rock’n’roll session
Outlaw
Outlaw
I’m in a Grose module
And I’m waiting for michael
Who?
He’s not here
1959
The observatory
A strange story
Jack’s bicycle is music
Everything is possible
possible
A Rock’n’roll session is a session when we can do what we want to do
But hang on
Jack’s bicycle
Do you remember?

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