Hugh Cornwell and Robert Williams - Nosferatu

Hugh Cornwell and Robert Williams - Nosferatu

Original Release Date

1979

Release Information

UK LP 1979 (United Artists - UAG 30251)

A1 Nosferatu 1:43
A2 Losers In A Lost Land 4:27
A3 White Room 3:53
A4 Irate Caterpillar 5:02
A5 Rhythmic Itch 2:10
B1 Wired 3:08
B2 Big Bug 3:52
B3 Mothra 3:13
B4 Wrong Way Round 4:45
B5 Puppets 2:48

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UK CD 1998 (EastWorld - EWO 001CD)

1 Nosferatu 1:43
2 Losers In A Lost Land 4:27
3 White Room 3:53
4 Irate Caterpillar 5:02
5 Rhythmic Itch 2:10
6 Wired 3:08
7 Big Bug 3:52
8 Mothra 3:13
9 Wrong Way Round 4:45
10 Puppets 2:48
11 Losers In A Lost Land (Instrumental) 4:26

Chart Placings

None

Credits

Hugh Cornwell - guitar, synthesizer, bass, calliope, vocals
Robert Williams - drums & tympanis, bass, guitar, synthesizer, whistle, vocals
Ian Underwood - Yamaha synthesizer, moog
David Walldroop - rhythm guitar
Mark Mothersbaugh - Prophet synthesizer, vocals & lyrics ('Rhythmic Itch')
Bob Mothersbaugh - guitar & vocal ('Rhythmic Itch')
Duncan Poundcake AKA Ian Dury - fairground barker ('Wrong Way Round')

Produced and arranged by Hugh Cornwell and Robert Williams
Recorded in Undead Los Angeles December 1978 January 1979; March & April '79 at: Village Recorders, Cherokee Studios, Britannia Studios, Davlin Studios, Sunset Sound Studios;
and in London April '79 - Mothra at: Eden Studios. Recording Engineer: Joe Chicarelli for 'Mothra', except 'Wrong Way Round' Alan Winstanley

This album is dedicated to the memory of Max Schreck.

Reviews & Opinions

PUNKY GIBBON: Recorded in L.A., this is a decidedly leftfield affair with deadpan vocals and scratchy guitars, with Williams taking a backseat (literally: he’s on drums and sings on just the title track). There are also cameos from Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh of Devo ('Rhythmic Itch') and Ian Dury (who does his Cockney fairground barker bit on 'Wrong Way Round'). A kind of skewed punk/art/Goth album, there is enough Stranglers-esque touches to please fans of the MIB, including the pseudo-pop of ‘Wired’ and an almost-normal cover of Cream’s ‘White Room’, and enough outright strangeness to alienate everyone else. It's splendid and I love it.

TROUSER PRESS: For his first extracurricular outing, Cornwell co-wrote, co-produced and co-performed an album with American drummer (and former Captain Beefheart sideman) Robert Williams. The collaborative compositions on Nosferatu offer substantive lyrics, but the atonal performances sound even more dour than the early Stranglers. Two members of Devo put in guest appearances, and there are some Devo-like effects worked in but, if not for an incongruous cover of Cream's "White Room," there wouldn't be any light relief at all. While it's nice that the pair (with some assistance from Ian Underwood) has the instrumental prowess to do it all themselves, Nosferatu requires more from the listener than it deserves (or returns).

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