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Industrial group Nurse With Wound included a list of ultra-obscure artists on their debut album – and inadvertently created a treasure hunt for record nerds
The Nurse With Wound list is one of the greatest pieces of fieldwork ever conducted in music. It is a secret handshake, a map, a wishlist, and yet it still contains mysteries. A list of 291 artists, many of them unknown and unknowable pre-internet, was included in the 1979 debut album by the industrial group Nurse With Wound. Now 40 years old and legendary in underground circles, the label Finders Keepers are undertaking the Sisyphean task of collecting and compiling one track by every artist on it.
Nurse With Wound were associated with industrial music from its inception, although they were more interested in a surrealist sonic bricolage than the brutalism and didactic politics of their peers. While the group is now just Steven Stapleton, when the list was written it also featured John Fothergill and Heman Pathak. Along with studio engineer Nicky Rogers on guitar, their debut Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella was pressed in an edition of 500 after being recorded in six hours; Fothergill had owned a guitar for four days. Stapleton says they didn’t expect to sell any – his cover art depicts a woman with whip and gimp mask, large breasts spilling from a full-body rubber suit. Unsurprisingly, some shops wouldn’t stock it.Continue reading...