THE NURSE WITH WOUND LIST...
I doubt that any of Nurse With Wound realised it at the time, but the list that accompanied the first Nurse With Wound album, (and also the revised version, included with their second) has become almost like a bible for the intrepid musical adventurer. Sporting the enigmatic text: "Categories strain, crack and sometimes break, under their burden - step out of the space provided..." it has become legendary, as a reference list of revolutionary music, and a challenge to Nurse With Wound collectors around the world, who curious enough to want to hear all the music on it. Of course, this is not an easy task, as the full list nears 300 artists, and many are extremely obscure! As Steve once pointed out, some artists are listed for obvious reasons, some less-so, some are there just for one track!
The original list...
categories strain, crack and sometimes break, under their burden - step out of the space provided
ALTERNATIVE TV ALVARO AME SON AMM MUSIC AMON DUUL AMON DUUL II ANIMA ANNEXUS
The additional list...
ANAL MAGIC AND
REVEREND DWIGHT FRIZZEL AQSAK MABOUL STEVE BERESFORD PHILIPPE BESOMBES XXX CABERET
Over the years lots of curious people have persistently enquired as to what all these revolutionary artists are, what albums they should buy, etc. Well, in a bid to help you out, we've put together our own guide, suggesting the recording we believe that the artist is listed for. As many of these were John Fothergill's or Heeman Pathak's choices, we may be wrong with our assumption on some, however we've tried to pick out what seems like the most logical pointer to the influences behind Nurse With Wound. We did have the idea to give descriptions on all these too, but that would have been an awesome task, and would have spoilt the fun! In the spirit of all things Nursey, we included one "bogus" entry, to see if anyone would notice. Steve didn't, and it seems neither did anyone else, that is not until over 10 years later. So, well-done to Simon Pound for noting the bogus entry of Heldon. I'd even forgotten about it myself!
Some numerics: The original list is 236 artists (Limbus 3 and 4 counted as one artist, whereas Xhol Caravan and Xhol are counted separately), and the full list totals 291 as a further dedication to the Fille Qui Mousse album title (with Dome and Cupol counted as one, hence the break from strict A-Z in the listing)
Key to abbreviations used...
! point of interest.
! If you've read the Nurse With Wound interview, you'll know why this is listed! Certainly one of the most essential for the NWW collector!
AMON DÜÜL II
ANAL MAGIC & REVEREND DWIGHT
ARBETE OCH FRITID
ART ZOYD III
ASH RA TEMPEL
IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO
BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO
BIRGÉ GORGÉ SHIROC
DON BRADSHAW LEATHER
! This is where Brained By Falling Masonry came from, the rhythm is hijacked direct and looped. Other references to the Brainticket can be heard on numerous Nurse With Wound and Current 93 recordings.
BRAVE NEW WORLD
XXXXX XX XXX
! For those who know the text "In the grooves of this record..."
! Snippets from this album can be heard in the remixed Brained.
COMPANYIA ELECTRICA DHARMA
! Featuring: Eve Libertine.
! Although the loop for Cooloorta Moon is directly stolen from this, Steven's favourite Dauner album when we first met him was OUTPUT.
DEEP FREEZE MICE
ETRON FOU LELOUBLAN
! Ciconia on MASSE MENSCH is dedicated to this.
FILLE QUI MOUSSE
FLOH DE COLOGNE
GOD IN DISGUISE (FORKLAD GUD)
! Steve always insists that some of the NWW list was "made up", yet would never say what. As we know that everything here does exist, it must be that some things are coincidental, like this Swedish band Forklad Gud, whose name is translated on the cover as "God In Disguise" - a record which Steve had in his collection.
GRAND MAGIC CIRCUS
JOHN GREAVES & PETER BLEGVAD
! The rhythm from this can be heard on CHANCE MEETING...
HAMPTON GREASE BAND
! Although some sections of Pierre Henry's Voile d'Orphee uncannily resemble Nurse With Wound, Steve had never heard it!
HORDE CATALTYQUE POUR LA FIN
MARTIN DAVORIN JAGODIC
JAN DUKES DE GREY
KOLLEKTIV ROTE RÜBE
! For those who know the phrase "Ich will nicht Papa.."
LE FORTE FOUR
! Various Lucier recordings have been used by Nurse With Wound.
MAGICAL POWER MAKO
! Interesting note: when meeting Nurse With Wound in 1979, we all voted for our favourite Magma album, the results were: Fothergill MAGMA, Pathak 1001° CENTIGRADES, Stapleton MEKANIK..., Steve and I voted for KÖHNTARKÖSZ and UDU WUDU respectively!
MAMA DADA 1919
MASCHINE NR. 9
MATE & VALLANCIEN
! This was our personal choice, and not what they would have been listed for.
MOTHERS OF INVENTION
MOVING GELATINE PLATES
THIERRY MULLER (ILITCH)
MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA
! Although some people may quote other MEV albums, this relates most closely to NWW's own music, being more rock avant-garde.
MUSIC IMPROVISATION COMPANY
NEW PHONIC ART
NIHILIST SPASM BAND
! On the original list, there was the text "These sleeve notes are dedicated to The Nihilist Spasm Band".
NINE DAYS WONDER
! A bass-line from this is used on The Tumultuos Upsurge from HOMOTOPY TO MARIE, mixed up with the sounds of a brass band.
NU CREATIVE METHODS
! A great influence behind the "Wounded Nurse" recordings.
OUT OF FOCUS
PARKER & LYTTON
PAUVROS & BIZIEN
PLASTIC ONO BAND
PLASTIC PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE
PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED
! Lots of ideas have been borrowed from this revolutionary album, like The Poo-Poo Song and lots of text from the early Diana Rogerson era.
REFORM ART UNIT
! This features one Steve Reich composition: Come Out.
! Any early Residents can be considered as influential, though this is arguably closest to Nurse With Wound's SYLVIE & BABS. When we first met Steve in 1979 his favourite album was ESKIMO.
CATHERINE RIBEIRO & ALPES
RON PATES DEBONAIRES
! Steve was fascinated by this, especially where at one moment it sounds like the musicians are sawing the stage to bits!
ROTH, RÜHM & WIENER
MARTIN SAINT PIERRE
SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA
SALLY SMMIT (& HER MUSICIANS)
! 1 track only! (In fact they only ever released 2 tracks!)
! Of course lots of Stockhausen's electronic works are also of utmost importance, and many could be listed here!
! A very loose version of Schizo from this album can be heard on Chrystal Belle Scrodd's BEASTINGS.
TAJ MAHAL TRAVELLERS
TECHNICAL SPACE COMPOSERS CREW
MAMA BEA TEKEILSKI
! One of the many female voices heard on MERZBILD SCHWET.
THIRD EAR BAND
TOKYO KID BROTHERS
! This is where "To the quiet men from a tiny girl" came from!
! This was our personal choice. Apparently Steve had only heard their debut at the time of the original list.
TON STEINE SCHERBEN
TWENTY SIXTY SIX & THEN
JAMES WHITE & THE CONTORTIONS
! 1 LP of of a triple boxed set, featuring other LP's by Iskra 1903 and New Phonic Art.
! Equally valid for its experimentation is ROCK BOTTOM, though Steve never heard it until the mid 80's!
YA HO WA 13
LA MONTE YOUNG
! Ideas from Zappa's use of electronics can be heard on various Nurse With Wound recordings.