An incredible sample
-based musical project begun in the early 1990s by Matt Wand (who runs the label Hot Air
) and Andrew Sharpley (also in Dummy Run
) in the UK.
(Their name is a play on the famous British pop
song writing trio, Stock, Aitken and Waterman
, and at the same time an allusion to one of the most important avant garde
composers of the 20th century, Karlheinz Stockhausen
They make highly effective use of the detritus
of British musical culture, crafting a quirky, humorous, noisy but catchy sound.
The packaging for their releases, designed by Wand, is also quite unique and entertaining, a close visual accompaniment to their musical aesthetic, appropriating
cheesy but cute graphics like photos of hamsters and cats, toys, mannikins, and the like.
Mostly complete, roughly chronological discography (on Hot Air unless otherwise noted]):
- Giving Up with Stock, Hausen & Walkman
- Organ Transplants, Vols I and II
- Buy Me
- Oh My Bag!
- Empty Box (10-inch ep)
- Alert (single)
- Brocolli/Stripper (single, on Eerie Materials)
- Unskilled Vegetarian Remould Force (single, with Vomit Lunchs)