At the time of the group's formation in the late '80s, they were an experimental/improv quartet consisting of Sharpley and Wand plus cellist Dan Weaver and guitarist Rex Casswell. They played at Derek Bailey's request in 1990, but began to fracture when Casswell left and Weaver began taking recording time-outs to perform for dance and theatre as well. The trio formed their own Hot Air Records and began releasing a wide range of albums.
Stock, Hausen & Walkman (now Matt Wand, Andrew Sharpley and Daniel Weaver) is known for making sample-heavy, subversively funny collages with a healthy disregard for copyright issues: "taking pot shots at anything that moves, be it high art music, low pop or cheesy listening" (The Wire 163). Distinctive packaging has been prevalent in most SHW's releases.
The duo's music (Daniel Weaver leave them before the "Ventilating Deer" CD-ROM came out) has a hands-on, DIY approach, consisting of obscure samples and messed up beats, collaged into short, quirky songs. Wand and Sharpley continued on with an album-per-year release schedule until their split in 2001.
Links to Peel
JP played the group's compositions, despite showing slight disapproval of their name, between 1995 and the end of their career. Although the band never recorded any sessions for his show, the gap would be amply filled by artists such as Solex, Cowcube and People Like Us during the 2000s.
Festive Fifty Entries
Other Shows Played
- 11 August 1995: 'Crestfallen (CD-Hairballs)' (Hot Air) (JP (commenting on the band's name): 'Probably not as great an idea as when they first thought of it.')
- 18 May 1996: 'Bypass (LP-Organ Transplants Vol. 1)' (Hot Air)
- 01 June 1996: 'Aerosol (LP-Organ Transplants Vol. 1)' (Hot Air)
- 25 May 1996 (BFBS): 'Bypass (CD-Organ Transplants Vol. 1)' (Hot Air)
- 23 April 1997: 'Stripper (7"-Broccoli)' (Eerie Materials)
- 01 May 1997 (BFBS): 'Stripper (7"-Broccoli)' (Eerie Materials)
- 13 May 1997: 'Buy Me (7")' (Hot Air)
- 29 May 1997 (BFBS): 'Gruel (CD-Ventilating Deer)' (Hot Air)
- 03 June 1997: 'Spot (LP-Venetian Deer)' (Systhema Verlag)
- 05 June 1997 (BFBS): 'Old Bloke (CD-Venetian Deer)' (Systhema Verlag)
- April 1998 (FSK): 'Broccoli (7")' (Eerie Materials)
- 13 June 2000: 'IKEA (LP-Organ Transplants Vol.2)' (QRM)
- 01 August 2000: 'Sore Throat (7"-Hang Ups)' (Hot Air)
- 08 August 2000: 'Creeps (LP-Organ Transplants Vol. 2)' (Hot Air)
- 30 August 2000: 'Ici Big Jim (7"-Hang Ups)' (Airmile)
- 26 September 2000: 'On Loan (LP-Organ Transplants Vol.2)' (Hot Air)
- 05 October 2000: 'Nipples (LP-Organ Transplants Vol.2)' (Hot Air)