Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Big Nurse - Hey Hey - Tied Up



Here is one for the coulda, shoulda, woulda, but never dida file:

New Jersey ledgends "Big Nurse".

These guys should have rode the wave of Seattle into the big time and should have been the East Coast's Nirvana but alas, the best laid plans of mice & men...

These guys were simply a really, really, really, good, maybe even great band but drugs and bullshit got in the way of what could have been and should have been a great career. This little slab of late 80's punky poppy grunge (gawd i hate that word)was put out on NJ label "Heat Blast, the brain child of bass player extraordinaire Jim Hogan of Dirge - Daisycutter - Solarized fame back in 89. And is a lost New Jersey classic. Good luck trying to find one of these babies because if you didn't live here in Jersey who knows where these singles went. Heat Blast put out some good records back then this being the best of the bunch. In my post hardcore days these are the guys i wanted to sound like. Frantic drumming by Bill Lovgren, bombastic and booming bass and those excellent raspy vocals by Ken Hulse. And a band that actually had, shudder, guitar solo's. I mean this was punk rock time and only "metal" bands played solo's. At the time i was playing in a band called "Freak Theatre" and when guitarist Curtis Kile told me they were thinking of adding a 2nd guitar player and that he was thinking of adding me i couldn't have been more excited but things fell apart rather quickly from here with some serious drug problems making it impossible for them to get any further. Really a fucking shame....

So sit back and turn up some Big Nurse!

Big Nurse - Hey Hey

Big Nurse - Tied Up

7 comments:

The Vinyl District said...

Before I was DC resident, I was a NJ resident (15 years) and graduated from Neptune High School. Glad to see the Shore still rocks...!

Thanks for stopping by...

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Larry said...

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My younger brother Vince was in a band called Gigantic, who - if memory serves - did a 45 for Heatblast. They used to hang with the Daisycutter folks and the whole Brighton crowd (where art thou Jacko???)
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Devil Dick said...

Damn Larry!
I tried to get Gigantic signed to Atlantic records back then! He was the bass player right? Jim Played guitar... They were another really good lost NJ band....
Going to have to bust out my Gigantic 7 inch's and do them proper!
Cheers!

mr. vincenzo said...

Sweet dude. I've been trying to find some Big Nurse along with fF from Staten Island. I don't think we ever played with the former, definitely with the latter who I just tracked down on MySpace. Thanks for posting. couldn't find this shit elsewhere for sure.

hope all's swell. vincenzo

Anonymous said...

really inaccurate review of the history of this band big nurse , sounds like the only person it didn't work for was the reviewer?!, I remeber hearing big muse in record shops in Germany. They all went onto other musical projects, less prolific ,

Devil Dick said...

anonymous, surely you have no fucking idea what you are talking about....