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Nurse With Wound - Sugar Fish Drink (A Layman's Guide To Cod Surrealism*) MP3 FLAC


1Brained (Unconscious Mix)14:00
3Hair, Fur And Twiggs Jameson
4Admirals Of The Blim
5A Piece Of The Sky Is Missing9:37
7I Am The Poison9:54
8Nil By Mouth9:43
9Delilah's Lap
10Swamp Rat12:36
11Cooloorta Moon5:56
12Electric Fretum Attachment


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
UD036CDNurse With Wound Sugar Fish Drink (A Layman's Guide To Cod Surrealism) ‎(CD, Comp, RE)United DairiesUD036CDUKUnknown
noneNurse With Wound Sugar Fish Drink ‎(7xFile, MP3, Comp, 320)Not On Label (Nurse With Wound Self-released)noneCanada2012
8-638Nurse With Wound Sugar Fish Drink ‎(CD, Comp, Ltd, Unofficial)ArsNova8-638Russia2000
UD036CDNurse With Wound Sugar Fish Drink (A Layman's Guide To Cod Surrealism) ‎(CD, Comp, RE)United DairiesUD036CDUKUnknown


  • Cover [Cover Cod Surrealism By]Babs Santini
  • Photography ByRuth Bayer
  • Typography [Type]Kat


A distinctly wet aberration on paranoid aesthetics occasionally co-ordinated by John Balance and Steven Stapleton.

My love, thanks and respect to all you beautiful people who stood by when we needed you so badly: Geoff Cox, Edward and Elke, John Balance, James and Joolie, Clive Graham, Roland Spekle, Alan, David Kenny, Christoph Heemann, Nick Brown, Akiko, Barry McCarus, Chris Wallis, and especially Grizzle, Roo, Dushky, Babs, David and Kat. May the hinges of friendship never become rusty for want of lubrication.
Steven Stapleton, Billingsgate, August 1st 1992

© 1992 Steven Stapleton / Nurse With Wound
℗ 1992 Ourobouros (on CD)
Published 1992 Ourobouros (in booklet)

"Purveyors of sinister whimsy to the wretched"
"This album is dedicated to all cacti and surrealist vegetables of the wilderness, especially Opuntia tunicata (the jumping cholla)."

Packaged in a standard-sized, grey-tray jewel case, with an illustrated 4-page folded insert with artwork, photo, track titles, credits, release information, and notes.


  • Barcode (Text): 5 021958 630021 >
  • Barcode: 5021958630021
  • Matrix / Runout: UD036CD 10200811 01 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Ouroubouros
  • Copyright (c) – Nurse With Wound
  • Published By – Ourobouros Publishing
  • Made By – PDO, UK – 10200811


Nurse With Wound - Sugar Fish Drink (A Layman's Guide To Cod Surrealism*) MP3 FLAC
Performer: Nurse With Wound
Genre: Electronic
Title: Sugar Fish Drink (A Layman's Guide To Cod Surrealism*)
Country: UK
Released: 1992
Style: Abstract, Experimental
MP3 album: 1039 mb
FLAC album: 1208 mb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 023
Source: CD, Album, Compilation
№ Cat: UD036CD
Label: United Dairies

Closing out a period of relative musical inactivity (behind the scenes, at least) with a compilation, Steven Stapleton pieced together the bulk of his non-album recordings from 1987-1991 together as Sugar Fish Drink (the remaining tracks from this era would end up on similar compilations in the following years).

The 'Cooloorta Moon' 12" appears in full, with the daft fun of the title track - a ridiculous bossa nova-esque number with swanee whistle and sax solos - opening things here, and is demented, atonal cousin 'A Piece of the Sky is Missing' appearing later on. 'I am the Poison', Stapleton's first full collaboration with Tony Wakeford, who appears on vocals and bass, flies in from the Soresucker EP (thankfully, 'Journey Through Cheese' does not.) It's a moody song with more than a touch of post-punk, and closer to some of the late '80s Current 93 material than anything else in the NWW catalogue.

'Swamp Rat', from the ultra-limited Drunk With the Old Man of the Mountains album, is one of Stapleton's exercises in noise and percussion. The lush backing drones make this more interesting than some percussive Nurse tracks, and the laughter from NWW classic 'Registered Nurse' makes a welcome appearance, but overall the track becomes tiresome long before it ends. 'Nil by Mouth', loosely subtitled 'Homotopy to Marie Pt 2', according to the etching on the original Alas the Madonna Does Not Function 12", is definitely closer to the abstract sound collages of that iconic album than anything else from this era of Nurse With Wound, with an array of sounds, noises, wails and clatters appearing between periodic violent thuds. The remix of 'Brained' that closes the album is an oddity that blurs all the elements of the original into a strange unfocused mess.

The 17 minute track 'Creakiness', NWW's side of a split with Spasm, is the real highlight here. A return of sorts to the Sylvie & Babs approach of utter madness, 'Creakiness' begins with a cut-up sound collage of effects, noises and voices from Warner Bros cartoons. The whole thing is the wonderful sort of lunacy that only Steven Stapleton would try, and once a rhythmic loop starts up with Roadrunner's 'meep' as the snare, the track becomes utterly hysterical. Manic, high-pitch organ music and the creaks of the piece's title soon start up, followed by Joolie Wood's violin and singing, turning the whole affair into a rather unsettling lullaby. Stapleton is also credit as playing a 'sheep ventilator'. No idea.

Despite being recorded over a relatively short period of time, the material on Sugar Fish Drink is surprisingly varied, to the extent that it doesn't hang together anywhere near as well as similar compilations such as Large Ladies and A Missing Sense. One thing the tracks do all have in common is a certain intensity: very little silence or space is utilised on these seven tracks, with everything on the go all the way through. With most of these tracks originally intended for 12"s, this does make it a heavy going listen throughout. Yet, despite this, there is enough superb material here to make the album worth more than a cursory glance.
I was swept off my feet the first time I ever heard nurse with wound. Cooloorta Moon Was the first song I'd ever heard. Whimsical and playful was this track It reminded me of being a little kid with a wild imagination.