1981 classic masterpiece album by the legendary Hastings of Malawi featuring John Grieve, David Hodes and Heman Pathak. 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. Reissued in 2017 on the Belgian SubRosa label on red vinyl, just like the original pressing and then again on gold/black vinyl. File under: dada, underground, post-industrial, concrete music, DIY, punk. Available from SubRosa

The star of the record is Pat Simmons who was the voice of the UK speaking clock between 1963 and 1984.

Rarely has an album so consistently made me question what the actual fuck is going on - The Wire

extract released on paradigm discs in 1999.

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