Saturday, September 15, 2018

Nash the Slash

Nash the Slash was a musician in the late 70s & 80s, who played electronically enhanced violin or mandolin or maybe something else, with lots of effects and synthy things, solo or with others.  He played wrapped with bandages and in dark shades.

He passed away a few years ago.  But his music lives on:

I first learned of Nash the Slash, in Heavy Metal Magazine.  In the February 1980 issue, which had what is certainly one of the coolest HM magazine covers of all time:

Just a few years into its existence, the mag was trying to elbow its way into a place in the popular culture, and was just starting to put out a group of articles about music and movies and books and art etc.  It wasn't Dossier yet, that was about a year later, but Ted White started his time as editor in January and the articles are something he brought on.  Lou Stathis and Jay Kinney and Bhob Stewart are some of the names that would become familiar to readers in the coming issues.

Ted White wrote this about Nash the Slash:

It caught my eye, enough so that about a year later, I saw this in the record store (where one had to go to buy music back in those days):

It must have meant something to me to spend $2.75 on a single, at a time I'd spend just a few bucks on a record from the cutout box, and even HM magazine was $2 (it went from the original $1.50 cover price just by then).  I kept it all this time, I've even played it a couple times within the past decade.  I liked it a lot, the funny and rippin' cover of Dead Man's Curve, and the driving noises of Reactor No. 2.  I got a bit of influence on my musical tastes from the music reviews in HM, but Nash the Slash was the one time I actually bought some music directly because of reading about it in the mag.  It was cool and obscure, but I didn't seek out any more, and I didn't hear anything else about Nash the Slash after then.

But more recently, I came across a slew of Nash the Slash CDs in a resale shop.  I gleefully snapped them up:

It was a lot of fun finding one, then the others, on that bottom shelf.  There's lots of cool stuff on them.  "Children" has Dead Man's Curve and Reactor No. 2 on it, yay I can play it in my car.  There's a soundtrack for Nosferatu, the silent horror movie, and I enjoyed that.  I liked a lot of the other stuff, some more than others of course.  I'm good with metallic fuzzy noises and Mr Slash showed some ability and creativity in this pile of work.  There a few tracks that are replayed at different speeds for different effect, kinda neat.  I won't play music critic, but it's been great to find some tunes that are right up my alley, as well as great to chance upon this from a Heavy Metal Personal History perspective.

So I really enjoyed finding these CDs, and finding the article in my old mag, and putting together this post.  So much fun.

1 comment:

  1. Heard few of his songs. Well, mostly the ones MTV would play (when they still played Music Videos) and I was fascinated by his music as well. Very eccentric stuff. Never owned any of his CD's, though. Never crossed my mind to look for them. I should look into the matter.