NURSE WITH WOUND
Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella [12'']
(United Diaries, 1980)
a1. Two Mock Projections (6:17)
a2. The Six Buttons of Sex Appeal (13:06)
b1. Blank Capsules of Embroidered Cellophane (28:21)
"28 years ago Steven Stapleton was invited to swing by BMS Studios in London late one night by resident engineer Nicky Rogers. Stapleton gathered up friends John Fothergill and Heman Pathak and made some recordings with a few goals in mind: very long tracks and no vocals - they hated songs. With the eye catching infamous artwork a classic was born, pressed in a limited quantity of 500 (probably because there weren't enough fans or enough money to make more). It was actually quite buzzworthy around London and reviews did pop up around town (maybe not the most favorable) but people were interested in the wack cover artwork at least. In retrospect, it's a bunch of sloppy noise made by three drugged-out naive kids who were frustrated doing boring jobs of making signs for example, bringing a ton of noisy toys into the studio. Do I hear a Merlin in here? Loads of wanky guitars color the first side of the Lp while the second side consists of more non-conventional noisemakers and randomness. The beauty is that these guys weren't taking themselves nearly as seriously as modern improvisationalists, there was indeed an element of purity apparent. None of the tracks really end up where they started, and might serve the purpose of being a great soundtrack to a drug-influenced evening. This album provides an excellent reference point, and the newly released repackage has a complete booklet with old photos of the original trio, a restored front and back cover and even a letter from an A&R Rep at Epic Records in NYC asking to hear some more NWW records. (Imagine a world with NWW signed to Epic!) Anyhow if that wasn't enough, the music's been cleaned up from the analogue tapes and there's a bonus 15+ minute track recorded in September with Tibet and Colin Potter. What's a new track doing on an old reissue? In a strange justification it belongs, as the track consists of Tibet reading that famed list of influencors from the original sleeve, over a minimal amount of sound. It's nothing too impressive but mildly amusing and neat to have an archive of (pretty much like the rest of this record). While the new edition is a nice thing to own, if you're not all that concerned with new packaging or a new track, this might not be worth your cash. On the other hand if you never picked it up, there's no better time than the present". Jon Whitney.