Nurse With Wound
Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table...


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by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
September 18th, 2009 | 22 replies | 7,986 views


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Nurse With Wound - Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella

Steven Stapleton's Nurse With Wound is a most curious act, existing as a solo project since 1981 he has done a lot of work in the experimental music scene over the years, worked with a tonne of notable artists and is often seeing as a pioneer of the industrial music genre. Before that though Nurse With Wound had been around since 1978 in a band incarnation with two other guys named John Fothergill and Heman Pathak, and released what has been considered one of the weirdest albums of all time in 1979, Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella.

The story behind this album sounds too far fetched to be true, coming about when Stapleton was working as a signwriter in London in 1978. Meeting engineer Nick Rogers, who expressed disdain with the boring advertising and voice-over work he was used to the man somehow expressed to Stapleton a desire to work with experimental, avant-garde musicians. Stapleton claimed he had a band and arranged a studio date, which was actually a complete lie resulting in him promptly called two mates out of the blue, and telling them to get an instrument of an sort so they could hurriedly put something together. So with this Nurse With Wound was born, with Stapleton on percussion, Fothergill on guitar and Pathak on organ. They hit the studio and completed the entire album in 6 hours, using some of Rogers guitar playing and some instruments sitting around the studio for a little bit of extra spice. Allegedly edited from improvisations with some overdubbing, after Stapleton designed the albums sleeve using an old pornographic magazine Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella was ready for public consumption.

Or maybe not. It is said that defunct UK music magazine Sounds summed up their response by abandoning their usual star rating system to award the album a full 5 question marks (?????), and upon listening to Chance for the first time it is perfectly understandable what kind of reaction the music listening public would have had to NWW back in 1979. Probably inspired by the experimental sounds of Krautrock and the like Stapleton's ideas wouldn't have been a complete anomaly, but not everybody would have been exposed to this kind of music yet either. The most striking thing about the album is this (depending on your perspective of course): it totally works.

There are three lengthy tracks, incrementing in roughly double the length as they progress. Two Mock Projections is 6:21 in length, The Six Buttons of Sex Appeal is 13:13, and Blank Capsules of Embroidered Cellophane is 28.20. Each is very difficult to describe, reaching somewhere as a blend between chaotic noise, drone and ambient and free improvisation of lots of differents textures and percussion elements. It sounds like an awfully random mess, and believe me it is. But it becomes evident Chance elevates itself beyond some random mix session any kid can make on a laptop nowadays through the sheer fascination of finding hypnotic patterns to latch on to. This album will take you on a ride like no other, that is for certain.

Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella is a wildly experimental musical work in its purest form, made in its entirety during a feverish 6 hour studio session by a guy who didn't have a band who lied to get there. It has gone on to have some notoriety over the years as a love it or hate it sort of affair but for my money with its complete lack of pre-meditated, calculated ideas there is one thing you cannot deny: it is certainly different. Genius... or crap? You decide.



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Mordecai.
September 18th 2009



8270 Comments


Probably should slow down with the reviews. Your good and all, but the main page suffers. Please don't slap me.

Meatplow
September 18th 2009



5524 Comments


Don't worry I probably won't review for another six months after this again.

Mordecai.
September 18th 2009



8270 Comments


All the stuff you reviewed though is fantastic, especially Nick Cave. I'll check this out too.

fromtheinside
September 18th 2009



17714 Comments


that album cover.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

Willie
Moderator
September 18th 2009



15876 Comments


Good review. I've seen these guys name dropped as influences for other industrial bands, but I've never actually listened to them.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

Jim
September 18th 2009



5110 Comments


haz you reviewing beast

LisbonGirls
September 18th 2009



832 Comments


Damn four reviews on the front page....wow, your a machine.

devsol
September 18th 2009



347 Comments


the whole album/name/cover intrigues me but i generally can't get into these older noise bands. stuff like skullflower really appeals to me, but im assuming these guys are on a whole different level of wtf

scyther
September 18th 2009



1606 Comments


You should get a job at an underground mag or something.

Zip
September 18th 2009



5312 Comments


review spam much?

thebhoy
Emeritus
September 18th 2009



4459 Comments


I would probably hate this.

Meatplow
September 18th 2009



5524 Comments


You should get a job at an underground mag or something.


I'll start a fanzine nobody will read

Wizard
September 18th 2009



19210 Comments


That cover art is so hot!!!

Genius... or crap? You decide.

This is why these types of albums appeal to me. The range of opinions on stuff like this are neverending and it certainly proves your elitism ; ).

Excellent review. Will I be able to find this or should I just download it now?

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slep
September 18th 2009



1604 Comments


wtf is strikey doing on that album cover

Phantom
September 18th 2009



8930 Comments


oh lol

Meatplow
September 18th 2009



5524 Comments


This is why these types of albums appeal to me. The range of opinions on stuff like this are neverending and it certainly proves your elitism ; )

Excellent review. Will I be able to find this or should I just download it now?


there were only 500 or so hand made copies of the original LP, now that would be a nice find. according to wiki -

There have been several subsequent editions of the album. It was made available on cassette in 1980 and a vinyl repressing was available as part of the Psilotripitaka box set. A compact disc edition was issued via World Serpent in 1990 with a 21st anniversary edition (slightly belatedly) following in 2001 in different artwork with the aforementioned "Strain, Crack, Break" as a bonus track. All of these editions are out of print. A forthcoming vinyl reissue has been announced by Dirter Promotions; the Dirter website states that the album will be "expanded and beautified" [2] for this edition - it will be released as a 3 sided double LP with an unedited version of "Strain, Crack, Break", reproduction artwork and other items.

A "remix" album was also released in 2003, Chance Meeting of a Defective Tape Machine and a Migraine which is, in fact, the sound of a malfunctioning tape deck distorting and adding electronic feedback to the music, eventually rendering it irrecognizable (the tape was made by Stapleton's friend and regular NWW live member Matt Waldron).

An edit of "The Six Buttons of Sex Appeal" appeared on the compilation Livin' Fear of James Last. It was a major edit, cutting the track down to only 4 minutes and 55 seconds.


A quick search of Amazon revealed this -

http://www.amazon.com/Chance-Meeting-Dissecting-Machine-Umbrella/dp/B0000072MD

2 used from $74.99 1 collectible from $499.93

A little steep. Maybe try ebay?

Wizard
September 18th 2009



19210 Comments


Hahahahaha I will just download it and give my props to the band if I like it. I have a feeling there will be a horde of people rushing in here to give me shit for downloading hahahaha.

timbo8
September 18th 2009



618 Comments


wow interesting

Graveyard
August 1st 2012



5597 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

can't go wrong here

foxblood
November 10th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is pretty cool, didn't know that much about it so the review was helpful



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