Boomkat Product Review:
Definitive, expanded and remastered edition to NWW’s mental 1980 cut-up recording, on vinyl for the first time.
Daft as a brush and funny with it, ‘The Ladies Home Tickler’ sees Steven Stapleton helming a surrealist, Burroughsian cut-up of radio sludge and noise also featuring jack plug licks by JG Thirlwell, and guitar and Wasp synth by William Bennett, plus engineering credit to Come Org’s Peter McGee. Newly remastered by Andrew Liles and framed with class Babs Santini artwork, this new version doubles the length with bonus material, edging out the fun for freaks old and new at 72 minutes of head-unravelling mania.
Conceived in NWW’s earliest phase, the results are suitably primordial and riddled with a lunacy and sinister whimsy that would come to define their work and the fringes of the industrial music aesthetic they helped birth. Practically unprecedented in historic context, they brought a (non)musical aspect to William Burroughs’ cut-up tape touchstones, stepping farther into the realms of lunacy with sheeting atonalities and textural murk that knows no chill.
Expect the detritus of rock ’n roll culture, hobbled drums, ‘50s commercial corniness, and samples of dial-strafing radio detourned, dismantled and rearranged in a nutty sequence of events whose logic will apply myriad ways to each listeners, if there is one at all. Keep your doctor’s number on speed dial if it all gets too much.