Nightnurse

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Nightnurse was an indie rock band from London, UK who had some success in the late 1990s. They released three singles, with their second "Skirt" reaching no.11 in the UK Independent Singles Chart in February 1998. They were the first band to ever release an MP3 single 'IDF/Big Sleep' and were recognised by the Guinness Book of Records for doing so. Their debut album was recorded at Blackwing studios, but never released as the label Better Records folded in 2000.

History[edit]

Formed in 1996 by lead singer and previous Pollyanna Frank and Sister George front-woman Ellyott Dragon (born: Sharon Ben-Ezzer), Nightnurse's original line up consisted of Ellyott on guitar and vocals, Charlotte Hatherley on guitar, Ben Drakeford on bass guitar and Alex Lutes on drums. After playing only 6 gigs together the band were signed to ex Creation Records boss Tim Abbott's Better Records label. In 1997 the band's profile was raised considerably after winning the NME 'Best New Band' award having been together for a just few months. They achieved some success with their debut single "Golem" which received a small amount of radio play on BBC Radio 1 and video play on MTV Europe but did not chart. Shortly after the release of this single Charlotte Hatherley left the band to join fellow indie rockers Ash.

The band worked with a number of guitarists as replacement, including Debbie Smith (Curve, Echobelly) and Charley Stone (Gay Dad), who recorded a second single with the band called "Skirt", which charted at No.11 in the UK Independent Singles Chart in 1998. The single was XFM's 'Single of the Week'. The band subsequently toured on the success of the single, this time with new guitarist Matt Platts, supporting other 1990s UK indie bands including Rachel Stamp, Jolt, Snow Patrol, Monsoon Bassoon, Cay and Seafood.

A follow up single was double A-side 'IDF/Big Sleep' released on a white label limited edition 7" vinyl through S16 Records. This pressing was deleted on the day of release and the band made history by self-releasing the UK's first ever official MP3 format single, receiving 30,000 downloads from their website in a week.[1]

After the release of their third single Nightnurse were signed by Sanctuary Management, and were joined by drummer Dicki Fliszar, who replaced Alex Lutes. They went on to record 4 new demo tracks at Trident studios in South London. They toured extensively, but finally parted ways in 2000.

Line Up[edit]

2006
Ellyott Dragon lead vocals / guitar
Matt Platts guitar / backing vocals
Ben Drakeford bass guitar
Dicki Fliszar drums

1997
Ellyott Dragon lead vocals / guitar
Debbie Smith guitar
Charley Stone guitar
Matt Platts guitar
Alex Lutes] drums

1996 - original line up
Ellyott Dragon lead vocals / guitar
Charlotte Hatherley guitar
Ben Drakeford bass guitar
Alex Lutes drums

Singles[edit]

Golem (1 April 1997) CD single / 7" vinyl - Better Records
Skirt (12 January 1998) CD single / 7" vinyl - Better Records
IDF (26 October 1998) ltd 7" vinyl / MP3 - S16 Records / Nightnurse

Album[edit]

In late 1997, Nightnurse recorded their debut album at the Blackwing Studios in London. However, after severe financial difficulties, the band's label Better Records fell into liquidation and so the album was never released.

A message posted on the band's official Myspace page in 2006 confirms that the album is now set for re-mastering and will be released at some time in the future. A date has yet to be announced.

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