Thursday 23 January 2014

Nocturnal Emissions - "Sterile Records 1980 - 1983"

Nocturnal Emissions, slang for farting in bed is it not(actually its a scientific term for a 'Wet Dream')? Wrong, its a second generation Industrial group from the uk, active from about 1980 to the present day. Formed by Nigel Ayers and Caroline K (RIP), they were part of the cassette culture of the early eighties via their own label, Sterile Records. The early part of which one has posted here. This period was, in my opinion, Nocturnal Emissions finest moments. Lots of lo-fi distorted tape loops and crude electronics, heavily influenced,obviously,by Throbbing Gristle and Industrial Culture; based on the standard themes of Mind Control, information overload,and other Borroughsian concepts.
Industrial Music was and is theee most easy musick to create for those with no musical skill whatsoever. A couple of tape recorders,and a crap synthesizer and you're up and running.Its also pretty difficult not to make it sound good either, which is demonstrated admirably on these five releases on Sterile from 1980 to 1983. After which,Caroline K left,leaving the project as solely a Nigel Ayers solo vehicle,which continues to this very day.
Probably the best of their early works has to be "Drowning in a sea of Bliss", but they are all prime examples of how to play great non-rock music without any chords whatsoever- this is what punk rock should have sounded like from day zero.

1) - " Tissue of Lies " (Sterile Records LP - EMISS 001) 1980

 Track Listing:

When Were You Last In Control Of Your Dreams And Aspirations?

You Tempt Me

Limited Holocaust Engagement

Down The Sink

Shrubbish Factory

Slow Decay

Faith Invaders

Backwards Man - Regressive Music


2) " Deathday " (Sterile Records single-sided Cassette SRC 3 ) 1981

Track Listing:

1/ Untitled (30:16)


3) "Live at the Whisky a go go 23/05/1982" (Sterile Records single sided cassette SRC 5) 1982

Track Listing:

1) Untitled (46:12)


4) "Dyskinesia" (Sterile Records LP SRC07) 1983

Track Listing:

A1 Delgado Monkey Torture
A2 Too Many Wounded
A3 Body Count
A4 Going Under
A5 Suffering Stinks
A6 Bloodbath
B1 Rabbits Don't Cry
B2 We Are Getting Closer
B3 Wee Wee Wee
B4 Human Leeg
B5 Mumbo Jumbo (From The Lie Factory)
B6 Theme Musik


5) - " Drowning in a Sea of Bliss " (Sterile Records LP SR04) 1983

Track Listing:


How Groovy You Were



Tongues Speak

Want To Die

Smoking Rat Machine

Wrongly Wired

Violence Is Love

Shan't Do That

Herpes Virus

Total State

Demon Circuits


Peace Through Strength

Mechanical Induction

Home Video Warhead

Education For Consumption

DOWNLOAD in a sea of bliss HERE!

6) - "Fruiting Body" (Sterile Records ION2) 1981


Phase I
A1Smear Campaign 7"
A5Model Control Organism
Phase II
B2Breeding Ground
B3Routine Surveillance Exercise
B4Animal Byproduct
B6Moss Side
B7The Erasure

DOWNLOAD a fruity body HERE!


bill said...

Really digging this!

Anonymous said...

There seems to be only the Spliced side in the Befehlsnotstand file. Great stuff! Thank you!

bill said...

I noticed that too... :/

Jonny Zchivago said...

the bloody spliced side only!!!??? I suppose i'll look into it. Jeeeesus!

Anonymous said...

You're too good to us, really you are. *smooch*

bill said...

Really enjoying this, and would also appreciate if the missing Segued side of Befehlnotstand is available. Thanks Mr Z.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Sorry Bill, I've fucked up. No segued side to be found! I'll try and obtain it though.
But i do have "Live at the Ritz 1983, I may insert that into this post.

bill said...

Ah well, there's so much here to enjoy it's maybe a bit greedy to be wanting even more. :)

Pisŧöff said...

Got Dyskinesia if you'd like it.


Jonny Zchivago said...

yes plesse.

megalon75 said...

Ooooh, I seem to be too late to grab most of these now.... I actually have some of their albums on vinyl from back in the day, including "Drowning In A Sea Of Bliss" (and "Befehlsnotstand", as well); but, I'm not quite equipped to play records in my living space, at the moment!! I really should do something about that, I know.

Admittedly, I've drifted away from much of my old music, yet it still holds a certain fascination for me.... Some of these things seem so wildly off-kilter, but still instantly classic at the same time! There's really not much that is comparable to it, these days -- less and less as time goes on, it seems?! {There exists only one major exception for me now, when it comes to modern-day music scenes that I genuinely want to follow.... which is music from Japan!}

Jonny Zchivago said...

Fear not Medalon,for I will re-up these later today.

Jonny Zchivago said...

All now updated and re-upped with new links as of 31st Aug 2015.
(added "Fruiting Body" also.)

megalon75 said...

An extra one, too.... cool! Thanks!! The first track off that one ("Smear Campaign") is actually the very first thing that I ever heard from this group -- from the amazing "Rising From The Red Sand, Volume One & Two" double-tape compilation (from Third Mind Records), which was my initial introduction to many of these types of recording artists.... a real eye-opener, for sure! {Or, should that be "ear-opener"???}

Anyway, I look forward to checking more of these out, now!!

Jonny Zchivago said...

Theres another Nocturnal Emissions tape on here too, which i'm sure you've checked at Ritzy's i think. Just click on the name tag. Also may I point out an up and coming article in Record Collector magazine, where your's truly is interviewed on Industrial Music/culture.

megalon75 said...

Yes, I visited the Ritzy's post too, just before I checked this one out -- thanks again!!

And I'll have to keep an eye out for that magazine, at the newsstand down the street from me.... I'm pretty sure they carry it there, quite regularly. Should be interesting....!

Unknown said...

my family just confirmed that i will be lost in the next few months drowning in these of bliss.
cant stand the state of music these days
thanks a million.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Indeed Unknown Family now is just lowest common denominator entertainment.Dumbed down to the n-th degree.Everyones got nice shiney equipments and want to be 'liked'.Inteligent/creative music en masse died around does still exist...but ONLY on the internet,and in selective live venues across the globe.