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With his ongoing commitment to like-minded archivist label Finders Keepers Records, industrial music pioneer
Steven Stapleton further entrusts us to lift the veil and expose “the right tracks” from his uber-legendary and
oft misinterpreted psych/prog/punk peculiarity shopping list known as The Nurse With Wound List. Following
the critically lauded first instalment and it's exclusively French tracklisting both parties now combine their vinylvulturous penchants to bring you the next Strain Crack & Break edition which consists of twelve lesser-known
German records that played a hugely important part in the initial foundations of the list which began to unfold when
Stapleton was just thirteen-years-old. From the perspective of a schoolboy Amon Düül (ONE) victim, at the start
of a journey that commenced before phrases like kosmische and the xeno-ignant Krautrock tag had become mag
hack currency, this compendium is devoid of the tropes that united what many would accurately argue to be the
greatest progressive pop bands in Europe (namely CAN, Neu! and Kraftwerk) and rather shatters the ingredients
across a ground zero landscape for both inquisitive fans and socially rehabbing musos to begin to assemble a
unique self-styled identity. If Krautrock was the music that journalist told us lurked behind schlager (German pop)
in the 1970s, then this record includes the music that skulked behind Krautrock and perhaps refused to polish its
backhanded name belt. Including lesser-known artists like the late Wolfgang Dauner whose career proceeded and
outlived the kosmische movement while consistently informing and outsmarting ‘em whenever they got stuck in
their metronomic ruts, or how about Fritz Müller, the man who was to Kraftwerk what Stuart Sutcliffe was to The
Beatles but had more in common with Yoko and quite rightly couldn't give a shit about the Fab Four's Hamburg
roots. Elsewhere we have a plethora of German bands made for German audiences as they try and shed second
hand flower power Americanisms and feel the benefits of much harder drugs and the realisations of difficult
second album budgets while Kommune 1 newsflashes wipe smiles from everybody's faces and replace them with
opioid chic or acid-sarcastic grins. Bonzo Cockettes show us their Big Muffs and drummers ask for extra mics
while Conny Plank goes for parliamentary office and gives babies good firm hand shakes for the camera. Strain
Crack & Break Volume Two is the sound of Steve Stapleton's sponge-like mind and the dividends of anyone who
was brave enough to even peek inside those brick-thick gatefold covers never mind drop the needle, with tracks
by Mr. and Mrs. Fuchs (aka Anima-Sound) who played their instruments completely naked throughout their anticareer alongside previously unpressed tracks by the scene's leading Detroit-born African American drummer Fred
Braceful who's band Exmagma officially had the coolest record sleeves and track titles of ALL TIME (Torpedo Tits?
Yes Please!). From an era where it was embarrassing to go into your local record shop and hum the tune over the
counter, well that young lad Steve Stapleton was braver than that, and besides, these tracks are unhummable and
at times unutterable. Did somebody in the crowd shout out for Joel Vandroogenbroeck! Good luck with that one.
Stapleton is sharing. Even Stevens.
Over forty years since Nurse With Wound's first album was released, Finders Keepers Records and Steve
Stapleton take connoisseurs of OUR kind of music, back to the disused elevator shaft towards ground zero.
Arrriving at the same checkout from different departments, Finders Keepers and Nurse With Wound continue to
sing from the same hymnal with this ongoing collaborative attempt to officially, authentically and legally compile
the best tracks from Steve's list, where many overzealous nerds have faltered (or simply, got the wrong end of the
stick). After Strain Crack & Break Volume One merely scratched the surface of this DIY dossier of elongated punkprog peculiarities, our second lavish metallic gatefold double vinyl compendium drives a much deeper groove,
which, in accordance with Steve's wishes, focusses exclusively on individual tracks of German origin - the country
whose music forged the prototype of the NWW inventory in the form of his secondary school vinyl want-list in the
early 1970s. Comprising of disassembled free jazz, unshowered stoner psych, hypnotic prog, deranged monk
funk and fuzzed out Deutschmark bin bonzo beats this second volume of the series throws us straight back in the
deep end, putting the Bad in Baden and the odour in The Oder with little need for cheap Cologne.
Willkommen to another forgotten plateau found beneath the psychedelic underground, as Steve Stapleton and
Finders Keepers dig new tunnels through the fabric of your vinyl wish-list, these German records are heavy, so find
Solid Ground or watch you floorboards Strain Crack & Break before your bloody ears.

1. Wolfgang Dauner - Output
2. My Solid Ground - The Executioner
3. Association PC - Scorpion
4. Fritz Müller - Fritz Müller Traum
5. Exmagma - It's So Nice
6. Anima-Sound - It Loves Want To Have Done It
7. Tomorrow's Gift - Jazzi Jazzi
8. Out Of Focus - See How A White Negro Flies
9. Brainstorm - Snakeskin Tango9
10. Thirsty Moon - Big City
11. Gomorrha - Trauma
12. Brainticket - Black Sand

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