First reissue of the 1981 classic masterpiece album by the legendary Hastings of Malawi featuring a founder member of Nurse with Wound and Pat Simmons. This reissue is on red vinyl, just like the original pressing. File under: dada, underground, post-industrial, concrete music, DIY, punk.
They recorded the album in one night in 1981 with no plan and no idea of what they were doing.
They played drums, clarinet, synthesiser and piano but also made use of things that they found lying around the
studio – old records, cookery books, telephone directories and a telephone.
The recordings were played down the phone to randomly dialled numbers and the reactions added to the recording.
All three had been involved in the recording of the first Nurse with Wound album Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella and had contributed metal scrapings, piano, effects, clarinet and guitar during the session.
The album was released in 1981 as Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth by Hastings of Malawi on the Papal Products label.
The star of the record is Pat Simmons who was the voice of the UK speaking clock between 1963 and 1984.
In his book Lipstick Traces writer Greil Marcus seeks to draw a line from Dada through the Situationist International to punk rock. If this line exists then this record sits on the end of it.
The only review that the album received was from Steve Stapelton who suggested that “nobody should miss this
Good or bad are not concepts that can be applied to this recording.
The record stands firmly in opposition to the now all pervading concepts of commercialisation, celebrity culture and the commodification of creative activity.