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Friday, August 21, 2009

NURSE WITH WOUND WITH CRICKET FLANNELS

A lunchtime email chat betwn myself, Loki and 2nd Fade that started off with the cover of "A Sucked Orange" by Nurse With Wound (don't ask!) -



- transmog'd into a suggestion by The Mischievous One that a cartoon-strip about the musical misadventures of Steven Stapleton, Colin Potter, etc was almost begging to be done: "I’m imagining Professor Branestawm-like adventures into pataphysics," said Loki. After all, wasn't Stapleton practically a sort of living cartoon in his own right, an epitomy of English Eccentricism. Okay, so maybe 'eccentric' is an unfair, connotation-preloaded word; but you get the gist.



Still, Stapleton doesn't really look much like that any more, does he? - that 'classic' NWW surrealist-undertaker-proto-goth look is long-gone, innit? No doubt, their hardcore fans (are there any other kind?) will shoot me dn like a Spitfire at this point.

When I saw them a few years back - and I have to say that they were pretty dull lol - he looked like an elderly cricket teacher; a house-captain...shuffling around the edge of the stage in greyish chinos/flannels and matching shirt...incredibly suburban-looking - in the old sense of the word - smiling nervously, looking kind of, well, lost...like a friendly/favourite uncle on the edge of alzheimers, a teacher supervising a chemistry experiment in a Late 60's Grammar School. Someone helping out on sports-day.

He'd watch the younger chaps in action - sort've checking that they were doing it correctly; but mostly stand back, looking bemused... occasionally, he'd trigger some noise-making toy, or tweak its motion, then step back again. And always that benign, bemused, slightly baffled smile. The smile of a tweed-clad gentleman boffin.

The sort that had secretly helped us win WW2 - who had probably seen some terrible things; who knew stuff - but didn't like to talk about it much.

The dullness - the unobtrustiveness of it all - seemed to suit him. He was the Anti-Gen-P-Orridge. How very unflashy - how very British it all was. A cliche, I know, but true nevertheless.

9 Comments:

At 8:46 pm, Blogger Jason Gusmann said...

if i'm gonna pick up something by NWW, where should i start?

 
At 9:03 pm, Blogger I am not Kek-w said...

Have a nose round Boomcat - there's plenty of mp3 tasters from different albums to check out:

http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=206042

I suspect every person who likes NWW would have a different view as to what their *best* record or period is. They've done a lot of things in different styles. My own tastes might not necessarily line up with what you might be looking for, so I'm wary of selling you a dud; plus I'm not exactly a hardcore obsessive fan of theirs...

I am a bit partial to Thunder Perfect Mind, tho.

Anyone else feel free to jump in here and completely confuse Jason?

 
At 2:28 am, Blogger Martin said...

"Automating Vol 1" and "Soliloquy for Lilith" do it for me.

 
At 10:06 am, Blogger Loki said...

...I heard he was wearing a cap for the last load of gigs... i'm pretending he's still wearing the top hat, caught in amber, hovering over accidental theremins...

and as for starting points: i'd say automating vol 2 is a decent start for the earlier sounds and would agree with kek on Thunder Perfect Mind... also, for an easier route in the double cd of Rock n Roll station is a good place to start digging...

 
At 7:35 pm, Blogger I am not Kek-w said...

Yeah, I'd heard rumours he was wearing a baseball cap, following his flirtation with Hip-Hop...but you can't help wishing it was an old Middlesex Cricket cap instead.

 
At 6:30 am, Blogger Biggie Samuels said...

Soliloquy for Lillith, Thunder Perfect Mind, Rock'n'Roll Station but most of all SPIRAL INSANA!

 
At 7:05 pm, Blogger dub said...

the last album (well who knows, there may be 5 since then) Huffin Rag Blues was great. Actually had "the funk" in places.

 
At 7:14 pm, Blogger I am not Kek-w said...

It's official: Nurse With Wound "have The Funk".

Ye Gods: whatever next? :-)

 
At 3:27 pm, Blogger Jason Gusmann said...

awesome, thanks! i've only read about them in simon reynolds "rip it up and start again", but i think i'm gonna start with Thunder Perfect Mind cuz it's named after one of my favorite gnostic fragments - how bad (good) can it be?

 

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