A BRIEF NURSE WITH
Inspired by the indie
scene, three friends in North London have the idea to form a group, drawing
on their experience in collecting Krautrock, progressive and avant-garde
Nurse With Wound are
formed. Original line-up of: Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heman
Offer from Nicky Rogers to use his studio.
Record debut LP without any rehearsals or proper planning, in December, the
band are excited with the results, and a finished mixed product is soon
Finances for release of
the debut LP are sorted out.
CHANCE MEETING ON A DISSECTING TABLE OF A SEWING MACHINE AND AN UMBRELLA is
issued in early Summer as a numbered edition of 500 copies.
To gain attention, Steven puts his artistic talents to good use and gives the
album a startlingly bizarre cover.
CHANCE MEETING... gets the unusual accolade of ????? (instead of 5 stars) as
points of recommendation in Sounds!
Later in the year Jacques Berrocal comes to London and joins in sessions for
a second album: TO THE QUIET MEN FROM A TINY GIRL, and a less focused style,
a side-step to more jazzy and ethnic free-form realms.
Heman Pathak ceases to be a regular member. He later established his own
project: Hastings Of Malawi.
Nurse With Wound
continue to work as a duo of Steven Stapleton and John Fothergill.
Third album, MERZBILD SCHWET, is recorded. A dedication to the Dadaists, it
marks a new direction in style, with more dramatic studio effects, use of
voice and collage.
In the Summer, TO THE QUIET MEN... and MERZBILD SCHWET are released
simultaneously, both as special numbered 500 copy limited editions.
Steven discovers Whitehouse.
John Fothergill gets Lemon Kittens for United Dairies.
Nurse With Wound, in
essence, becomes the solo project of Steven Stapleton (and whoever he cares
to work with) and he goes on to record INSECT AND INDIVIDUAL SILENCED with
the aid of John Thirlwell (best known as "Foetus") and Trevor
Reidy. Not a very well received album, nowadays rejected as 'terrible', even
by Steven Stapleton himself!
John Fothergill goes on to production of other projects.
Steven collaborates with Whitehouse, live in concert and in studio, and
together they also record the album THE 150 MURDEROUS PASSIONS..., with Nurse With Wound in control on
one side, Whitehouse on the other.
Time of the "Industrial Boom" and numerous contributions to compilations
on record and cassette.
HOMOTOPY TO MARIE is recorded and released, a step on from the Dadaist rock
of MERZBILD SCHWET, with much use of tape manipulation and classical
Steven meets David Tibet.
David Tibet starts collaborating with Nurse With Wound, and also establishes
his own group Current 93.
Nurse With Wound sign up to a new division of the Belgian label Les Disques
du Crepuscule: L.A.Y.L.A.H. Records.
Steven and David Tibet record together as Nurse With Wound the coldly
electronic and abstract mini-album GYLLENSKÖLD, GEIJERSTAM AND I AT
Steven meets Diana Rogerson.
Concerts in Britain and Europe.
Recordings as Aeolian String Ensemble, a planned album doesn't materialise, only
contributions to compilations exist. Mini-album BRAINED BY FALLING MASONRY
dedicated to Brainticket's COTTONWOODHILL, backed by an abstract excursion
dedicated to the film "Eraserhead".
Extensive work with Current 93 from this point on, in parallel to Nurse With
Wound, excepting live work Steven is involved either as a musician or
engineer/producer on most releases.
Sessions and concerts with various projects, with: Current 93, Annie Anxiety,
D&V, some recordings end up as what can be heard on three albums titled
LIVE AT BAR MALDOROR.
Completion of the ambitious opus THE SYLVIE AND BABS
HI-FI COMPANION, a concept on 60's pop music, with a huge guest cast-list,
and lots of hijacked pop records.
Debut album by Diana Rogerson, offering a rocky and daring twist on the Nurse
sound, with extraordinary X-rated lyrics!
Recordings with the German band Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa, Organum, and
numerous other sessions.
SCRAG cassette issued, featuring leftovers from SYLVIE AND BABS... and Diana
Further projects and releases on United Dairies, including the first in the
AUTOMATING series mopping up classic tracks by Nurse With Wound previously
only available on various artist albums (including remixes).
Nurse With Wound signs to the Dutch label Torso Records for SPIRAL INSANA, a
very complexly technical album, like a patchwork quilt of sonic snapshots,
sewn together in a most unusual manner.
Reissue of most of the United Dairies and Nurse With Wound back-catalogue on
Second Diana Rogerson album.
Various projects and United Dairies releases.
Attempt to get an Uli Trepte album together.
Special limited edition project of 100 uniquely presented albums: DRUNK WITH
THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAINS, each with individual artwork covers and inserts
painted by Steven Stapleton, it collected Steven's favourite unreleased
recordings made during the SYLVIE AND BABS... to SPIRAL INSANA era.
Solo piano album by Sema leader and Nurse With Wound collaborator Robert
Idle Hole Records is started, as an attempt to go professional, first release
is SOLILOQUY FOR LILITH, a triple boxed set of meditative music.
Meanwhile on United Dairies is the curious avant-rock
mini-album ALAS THE MADONNA DOES NOT FUNCTION.
Further United Dairies productions by Masstishaddhu and Current 93.
Steven moves to
"People Who Can't", a division of Vinyl Experience in London, agree
to take on production of new United Dairies releases, and issue A SUCKED
ORANGE, a collection of 28 titbits covering almost every style of Nurse With
Wound. It's the first Nurse With Wound production to be released on CD.
In celebration of his new home, COOLORTA MOON offered a very different Nurse
Steven announces in the press, following his move to Ireland, a hiatus of
Nurse With Wound activity, yet numerous releases appear (in the years 1989 to
1993) with a proliferation of reissues, compilations, and collections of
previously unreleased music.
Recording starts on LUMBS SISTER, an ongoing project to score Chris Wallis'
"People Who Can't" are dissolved and become "World
Serpent" handling United Dairies and other labels.
Tony Wakeford (from Sol Invictus) helps with the Nurse With Wound record
Early albums reissued as a limited edition deluxe box set PSILOTRIPITAKA (on
LP and CD).
Special project THE SADNESS OF THINGS is realised is realised by Steven Stapleton
and David Tibet, in parallel to Nurse With Wound and Current 93 productions.
Nurse With Wound's CREAKINESS, half an LP created in the manner of SYLVIE AND
BABS..., though derived from the sound effects of classic cartoons like
Start recording at Colin Potter's ICR Studio.
THUNDER PERFECT MIND sessions, taking Nurse With Wound to more electronic
Steven records REVENGE OF THE SELFISH SHELLFISH with Tony Wakeford, making a
really creepy gothic album, full of Nurse trademarks and the unexpected.
Further reissues, collaborations, productions, etc., including extensive
remixing of recordings by Coil, Legendary Pink Dots, and Stereolab.
CD compilations of material previously only on record, including remixes and
Fifteen years of Nurse With Wound, and a startling new twist with ROCK 'N'
ROLL STATION, a weird techno album!
Planned release of LUMBS SISTER soundtrack as a 2CD set, to coincide with the
release of the film.
Planned release of AUTOMATING VOLS. 1-3 as a 2CD set.
For near-on 20 more years of Nurse With Wound has continued to perplex and
And there's no sign of Steven running out of steam!
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