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Steven Stapleton

Steven Stapleton live with Nurse with Wound at Avantgarde Festival 2008, Schiphorst, July 4 2008
Background information
Origin Finchley, London, England
Genres Experimental
Years active 1979 — Present

Steven Peter Stapleton (born 3 February 1957 in Finchley, London, England) is a British musician and the only constant member of experimental improv outfit Nurse With Wound. He is often seen as one of the pioneers of the British industrial music scene, alongside bands such as Throbbing Gristle, Coil or Psychic TV, although in his music he has explored a wide range of styles, including free-form improvisation, folk, and even Latin American dance rhythms.

Nurse with Wound, originally a three-piece ensemble, is Stapleton's main outlet for his musical work, occasionally in collaboration with other musicians such as Foetus or William Bennett (Whitehouse). He has also appeared on records by other artists and worked as a producer. He runs the United Dairies record label, which apart from the NWW output released records by Current 93, The Lemon Kittens, Volcano The Bear, some Krautrock and several experimental artists. Stapleton is also a graphic artist and painter, and has designed album sleeves and book covers.

Under the name "Babs Santini", Stapleton has created the artwork for most of the Nurse With Wound recordings, as well as for other artists, such as Coil, the Legendary Pink Dots and Current 93.

Stapleton lives with the mother of his four children Diana Rogerson, who has also recorded for United Dairies and made a film for which Stapleton and composer Geoff Cox provided a soundtrack. The family currently lives in County Clare, Ireland, on a piece of land with houses and caravans hand-built and decorated by Stapleton.

Discography

(only recordings under his own name, for recordings as Nurse With Wound see there)

  • 1991 The Sadness Of Things (with David Tibet)
  • 1992 Revenge Of The Selfish Shellfish (with Tony Wakeford)
  • 1993 The Apocalyptic Folk In The Nodding God Unveiled (with The Nodding Folk)
  • 1996 Musical Pumpkin Cottage (with David Tibet)
  • 1998 Octopus (with David Tibet, a collection of older recordings)

External link to United Dairies record label

United Dairies records

Sources cited

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