Bladder Flask were an oddball English collective (rather than a group) who were active in the early-mid 1980s and included a teenaged Richard Rupenus (who later formed The New Blockaders).
In 1981 Bladder Flask issued their one and only LP, ‘One Day I Was So Sad That The Corners Of My Mouth Met & Everybody Thought I Was Whistling’ on their own Orgel Fesper Music label which was described as, ‘… A mind-boggling Fluxus, Dada, Improv, Sound Art lunacy as if Bladder Flask were possessed by some fevered desire to surpass the worst excesses of the lunatic fringe end of the United Dairies catalogue. A gibbering masterpiece.’ The LP quickly came to the attention of Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound who became an avid fan and today cites ‘One Day I Was So Sad…’ as his most favourite ever title. In fact, Bladder Flask just missed being included on the (in)famous ‘NWW list’ by a cat’s whisker (the LP was issued a few months after the list was compiled) and were invited to issue an LP on United Dairies in 1981 although (for various reasons) it failed to see the light of day.
‘The One Day I Was So Sad…’ LP is soon to be reissued by Finders Keepers (who recently issued the ‘Strain, Crack & Break’ 2LP compilation including several artists from the NWW list.) While recently dusting off the ‘One Day I Was So Sad…’ master-tape Rupenus unearthed two previously unreleased Bladder Flask tracks which were originally intended for inclusion on two compilations which failed to materialize. The tracks in question: ‘I Am As I Have Spoken’ and ‘Zzeut-Ztt-Ztt-Zzt (Pour Chapeaux, Manteaux Et Parapluies)’ (from 1982 / 1986 respectively) are issued together on a 7” in an edition of 198.
Due soon is a collection of Bladder Flask reworkings by Steven Stapleton (provisionally entitled ‘Nurse With Wound Play Bladder Flask’) to be issued on United Dairies