In October 1998, when mp3 technology was the hottest story of the day, and everyone in the industry was fretting and trying to get it banned (likely..), Nightnurse took it upon themselves to release the first ever UK single to officially use the mp3 format. Additionally released on 7", the mp3 was, and still is, available free from this site. Grab your slice of digital music history below..
"Is it worth downloading? Actually, yes. With big drums, strident riffs, haunting
vocals and twisted slabs of drawn-out noise, Nightnurse could soon be making
a very big splash indeed - 4/5." - Kerrang! 11/98
"Nightnurse have more grrrl power in their little finger than all five Spices acting out the SCUM manifesto." - Melody Maker, 12/97
What Happened To Nightnurse?
After three successful singles (including Skirt, No.11 in the UK indie chart), tours, and an appearance at Reading Festival, Nightnurse recorded their debut at London's blackwing studios in 1998. Unfortunately it turned out the record company didn't have the money to pay for the finished recordings, and fell into liquidation.
The full story will surface in time, you can find a brief on our Myspace page, but to cut a long story short, after one huge load of bother, the tapes do now belong to the band and the album will be due out in due course
The album features all members of Nightnurse past and present inc. Ellyott Dragon (Sister George/Pollyanna Frank), Ben Drakeford, Alex Lutes (FMB), Charlotte Hatherley (Ash), Dicki Fliszar (Bruce Dickinson), Debbie Smith (Curve, Echobelly), Matt Platts (Interlock), Charley Stone (Gay Dad).
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"Nightnurse have more grrrl power in their little finger than all five Spices acting out the SCUM manifesto." Melody Maker, 12/97
"Like Elastica beefed-up with ragged Nirvana bass, unapologetically celebrating the joys of chasing heartbreakers, and funny to boot. What seems incredible is that a band with such white-hot punk-pop tunes should still be beavering away in the underground. Nightnurse have the wherewithal to get legions of fans performing all manner of spasmodic gymnastics down the front of the stage, given half the chance." NME 2/98
"An excellent bass-heavy song which suddenly explodes into action, sending your teeth hurtling in all directions - 5/5." Kerrang! 1/98
"...having emerged fresh from the Motorway Pile-Up School of Bass Pummelling and discovered a guitar that's possessed by the spirit of Charles Manson which tries to eat the guitarist throughout." NME 4/97
"...tunes tenuously hanging onto an avalanche of ragged, bluesy grunge by their fingernails. Ellyott Dragon's blistered growl drags the band precariously close to Hole at times, and the bruised emotional outpourings of songs like 'I Love Being Used' hold a similarly defiant resonance, but it's impossible to resist the cataclysmic squalls of turbulence that clear all the earlier tension from the air. A powerful dose of medicine. Yes, it hurt, but yes, it worked." NME 10/98
" The London-based yearlings, recently signed to Better Records, are poised to chaff the charts with second single 'Skirt' - a brow-raising dose of abrasive pop." Top Tip for '98, Melody Maker, 1/98
"Marvellously murderous brood-tunes which The Breeders would probably write in rehab after the biggest bender of their lives." NME, 2/97
"They're going to be one of those bands, like Pixies or Nirvana, who you wish you'd caught early before you have to start paying twenty quid to a tout for the privilege. Yip, they're that good." Melody Maker, 1/98
"In a live setting they would turn even the most civilised of venues into a moshpit." Highbury & Islington Express
"Is it worth downloading? Actually, yes. Big drums, strident riffs, haunting vocals and twisted slabs of drawn-out noise. Nightnurse could soon be making a very big splash indeed - 4/5." Kerrang! 11/98