Steven Stapleton

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Steven P. Stapleton
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Background information
Birth nameSteven Peter Stapleton
Born (1957-02-03) 3 February 1957 (age 65)
Finchley, London, England
Years active1975–present

Steven Peter Stapleton (born 3 February 1957) is an English musician who is best known as the only constant member of experimental improv outfit Nurse with Wound. He is often seen as one of the pioneers of the British industrial music scene, alongside bands such as Throbbing Gristle, Monte Cazazza and Cabaret Voltaire, although in his music he has explored a wide range of styles, including free-form improvisation, folk, and even Latin American dance rhythms.[2]

Nurse with Wound, originally a three-piece ensemble, is Stapleton's main outlet for his musical work, occasionally in collaboration with other musicians such as Foetus or William Bennett (of Whitehouse). He has also appeared on records by other artists and worked as a producer.[2] He runs the United Dairies record label, which apart from the NWW output released records by Current 93, the Lemon Kittens and Volcano the Bear, as well as krautrock and several experimental artists.[3] Stapleton is also a graphic artist and painter, and has designed album sleeves and book covers.[4]

Under the name "Babs Santini", Stapleton has created the artwork for most of the Nurse with Wound recordings, as well as for other artists, such as Coil, the Legendary Pink Dots[2] and Current 93.[5]

Stapleton lives with his long term partner and wife Sarah Redpath, the family lives in County Clare, Ireland, on a piece of land with houses and caravans hand-built and decorated by Stapleton.[2] Stapleton is a fan of the Third Ear Band.[6]


(Solo recordings only. Follow link for Nurse with Wound recordings.)

  • 1991 The Sadness of Things (with David Tibet)
  • 1992 Revenge of the Selfish Shellfish (with Tony Wakeford)
  • 1993 The Apocalyptic Folk in the Nodding God Unveiled (with The Nodding Folk)
  • 1996 Musical Pumpkin Cottage (with David Tibet)
  • 1998 Octopus (with David Tibet, a collection of older recordings)


  1. ^ Bush, John. Steven Stapleton at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Nurse with Wound + Stephen O'Malley [SUNN 0)))]". Deaf Ireland. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  3. ^ Bugbee, Tim (30 August 2008). "Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound) - Part Two". The Big Takeover.
  4. ^ "Current 93, Coil Collaborator Stephen Stapleton Gets Solo Exhibit". Zero Equals Two. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Current 93". Pitchfork. 11 September 2006. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  6. ^ Barnes, Mike. "Invisible Jukebox: Current 93". The Wire.

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