Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Nurse With Wound - Alice The Goon (expanded edition 2000, orig. rel. 1995)

Steven Stapleton in fun mode, with an extended bit of darkness never far away.  This EP was originally released as a 2-track, single-sided 12" limited to 500 copies, at a festival in France, and was "inspired by a lurid Popeye cartoon" which is the source of its name.  On the opening track, (I Don't Want To Have) Easy Listening Nightmares, a chugging rumba loop is the basis for nine minutes of thoroughly enjoyable chaos, as the loop is overlaid with electronic noise and an insane guitar solo.  The rhythm of the loop is occasionally shifted by a delay effect, until a voice announces "It's so easy, baby... easy... easy..." to draw things to a close.

The second track, Prelude To Alice The Goon, is all atmospheric bass and guitar rumbles, eerie effects and a creepy, goonlike voice cooing as if discovering a shipwrecked human to drag off to a subterranean cave where an echoing, percussive ritual commences.  On the CD reissue, a third track was added and left untitled, but for obvious reasons has become informally known as Alice The Goon.  This track is the most minimal, with only the ghostly atmosphere remaining from the Prelude.  All in all, a really enjoyable, bitesize half hour of prime NWW.  Easy, baby.

mega / zippy

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for this, and a whole lot of other things you've posted, which I would never have otherwise heard. Or perhaps heard of. I've been making SGTG a regular place to visit - appreciate what you're sharing.

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  2. Thanks again Alan. So much lovely stuff...

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