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A multi-instrumentalisthe was known primarily for playing the electric violin and mandolinas well as the harmonicakeyboardsglockenspieland other instruments sometimes described as "devices" on album notes. Nash worked as a solo artist beginning in ; founding the progressive rock band FM in Soon after releasing the band's first album, Black Noiseinhe left the band; he resumed his Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu career in it was not until after Nash's departure that the album was widely promoted, eventually charting and receiving a gold record award.
Nash's music covers an eclectic range, varying from instrumental—mood-setting music, to rock and pop music with vocals. In addition to giving concert performances, he has composed and performed soundtrack music for silent films, presenting these works live in movie theatres to accompany screenings of the films.
Another venue for his music is in performances to accompany the viewing of paintings by surrealist painter Robert Vanderhorstan audiovisual collaboration,  which took place in and again in Nash was Tell All The People - The Doors - Infinite (Vinyl, Album, Album, Album, Album, Album, Album) in Toronto, Ontario.
He performed with surgical bandages covering his face starting in In all of these appearances Nash wore his typical black tuxedo, top hat, and dark sunglasses, but not his signature bandages. He was also photographed in this attire for a profile in the Toronto Starpublished April 28, In later years, he attempted to keep his true identity the subject of some speculation, although the Star profile of had already matter-of-factly revealed his real name.
This is a common misconception, but he has been photographed onstage with Mink. The "Nash the Slash" persona came from silent film, and Nash said he took his stage name from that of a killer butler encountered by Laurel and Hardy in one of their first films, Do Detectives Think? Images of Nash the Slash are featured in a variety of murals painted by artist Jungle Ling in Toronto.
East and Logan Avenue and below Queen St. East on Connaught Avenue, as part of a neighborhood beautification project conducted by the Toronto Transit Commission. Nash's music is a complex blend of progressive rockNew Wavenew ageand punk rockusing electric mandolins, violins, drums machines, and a variety of effects and sonic devices.
He wrote, played, and produced most of the material on his solo albums by himself, though he also worked with producers Daniel Lanois and Bill Nelson. Before working as a solo artist, Nash recorded an unreleased song called "Slasher" with a group called Breathless, Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu also included his and FM's future producer, Michael Waite on bass guitar. The song appeared on a "various artists" promotional album titled Concept after the Toronto-based management company, Concept ; this was one of a series of such albumsbut was not issued to the public in any form.
The promo album does not list the group's personnel, or even a songwriting credit, but Nash is clearly heard singing a song, beginning with the lyrics "Hear the children of the night" though this was a completely different song from his later work, "Children of the Night"and playing electric violin.
The song also featured a complex organ solo not in Nash's usual style nor that of Cameron Hawkins, his band mate in FM. He also composed music for other classic silent films including Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari When performing soundtracks, Nash would appear on stage beside the screen using his own projection screen when a full theatre screen is not availablethe same format he uses when performing concerts. He has also composed scores for modern Canadian films Roadkill and Highway 61both directed by Bruce McDonald.
His other movie score and soundtrack work included The Kidnapping of the PresidentBlack Pearlsand Blood and Donuts During this time, Nash made his first appearance on record, on David Pritchard's solo album Nocturnal Earthworm Stewwith a short Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu track titled "Nash Metropolitan" named after Nash Metropolitanand on an improvised piece with Pritchard and drummer Martin Deller with whom he would later work with in FM.
He also appeared on the live TV-Ontario program Nightmusic before its change in format, where it became Nightmusic Concert ; in this incarnation, the show was a televised version of an FM radio show hosted by disc jockey Reiner Schwarz, and had not previously featured a live performer. Nash claimed he was both the first and last musical artist to appear on Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu show.
After working as a solo artist for a year, Nash formed the group FM ininitially as a duo with Cameron Hawkins ; drummer Martin Deller was added later. The group began recording in Julythough no performances in its duo format were issued at the time. However, they did appear on television and in live concerts, beginning in November Inwith Deller added to the group, they recorded the album Black Noisewhich received a gold record award.
By the end ofNash had left FM, and resumed his solo career starting with another television appearance on Nightmusic Concert on February 28, During these years, he recorded a further three albums with the group. FM also recorded three albums during Nash's absence towith Ben Mink as his replacement. Nash had intended to restart his solo career in with a new album featuring all the music from his Nightmusic Concert TV special, plus his soundtrack for Un chien andaloubut found the sound quality of a test pressing to be unsatisfactory, so he issued a four song inch EP titled Bedside Companion instead, on his own label, Cut-throat Recordswhich he continued to operate for the rest of his life.
A full album, Dreams and Nightmares with the rest of the Nightmusic material, the soundtrack, and a few new songs, appeared the following year. All music from these records was instrumental, and both are now available Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu one CD titled Blind Windows which also includes the 45 rpm EP playing at 33 rpm as the "Marsden versions", a joking reference to disc jockey David Marsden who mistakenly played the entire record at the There Are Too Many of Us - Blur - The Magic Whip speed on radio when it was released.
Also inNash thanked Toronto radio station CFNY-FM for their support of his music, by playing electric violin on the station's theme song, which was recorded by various disc jockeys of the station in a strange blend of new wave and country music. It was released as "Working on the Radio" by the The B-side has an extended version with a longer solo by Nash, Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu is not credited on the cover. Nash's solo career up to this point had only a small cult following, due to his working exclusively as an instrumentalist.
His next record, a single featuring a cover version of Jan and Dean 's " Dead Man's Curve " with vocals, propelled him to greater public recognition.
The B-side, "Swing Shift Souixante-Neuf " also featured vocals, and was co-composed with lyricist Toby Dammitwith whom Nash further collaborated over the next few years.
Music videos were made for both songs. Nash also played on three songs by Toronto group Drastic Measures for Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu self-titled album, including violins on their signature tune, a cover version of the children's song, " The Teddy Bears' Picnic ". Nash's label, Cut-throat Records, later issued a single by the group, the only other artist to appear on his label, although Nash was not involved in its recording. Nash's later soundtrack album for Highway 61 includes tracks by Tony Malone, the lead singer for Drastic Measures.
He also toured Europe with The Tubes. He was signed to the Dindisc label and inhe released the album Children of the Night in Europe, also released in Canada shortly after. Several British singles were also issued.
Returning to Duitse Jazz - Hans Liberg - Tatatata in springNash released an instrumental "mini-album" Decomposingwhich purported to be playable at any speed, with song timings on the label quoting three lengths, depending on whether the record is played at 33, 45, or 78 rpm.
However, songs from this record also appeared on compilation albums and singles, where they always play as heard when Decomposing is played at 45 rpm. This remains Nash's only significant release that has yet to be reissued on Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu . The single became a surprise club and radio hit in Poland, which was then still behind the iron curtainwhere curfews and restrictions on western culture were imposed by the government of the time.
Nash's next project was an album of American rock classics titled American Band-ages. Nash enlisted the help of his former FM collaborators Cameron Hawkins keyboards and Martin Deller drumsand the album was released in The album was aimed at the US market, but due to distribution and management problems, including a change in record labels to MCAafter Quality Records folded init never got the Улыбайся, Это Ничего Не Стоит - Мэхелия Джексон* - Поёт Негритянские Спиричуэлс Nash thought it deserved.
While working on American Band-ages inhe 5 Star Day - Dishwalla - And You Think You Know What Lifes About to promote it with a double bill tour with his former band FM. But Ben Mink, Nash's replacement, had left the band that year; therefore, Nash rejoined the group, staying with them from to followed by a reunion tour from toand retaining the idea of a double bill by performing solo as the opening act.
InNash sued PepsiCo for using his likeness in commercials without permission;  PepsiCo subsequently settled out of court, pulling the commercial from broadcast and paying Nash's legal fees. After the break-up of FM inNash embarked on a series of film soundtrack projects, and revived his Cut-throat label in to issue these on CD, and has also used it to re-issue his earlier records. New albums of songs with vocals have also been Are You Ready - Break Machine - Break Dance Party on the label: Thrash and In-A-Gadda-Da-Nashthe latter consisting entirely of cover versions.
During Nash the Slash collaborated with the electronic music artist Plexus to create a series of visually intense live shows called Psychedelitron. They performed Psychedelitron live between Inthe show was performed only at Stratenger's in Toronto, Canada, every third Saturday of the month from March to October. The performed two sets, each a mix of Nash the Slash and Plexus songs. Psychedelitron utilized intense visuals, including a refinement of Nash's psychedelic projector lighting, strategically placed pin lights to increase the perception of the stage size, strobe lights, fog and indirect and silhouette lighting.
The techniques used during Psychedelitron, and their subsequent refinement during the reign of the shows became Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu important visual aspect to Nash's later shows. Psychedelitron was also used as way to re-define Nash's shows both visually and musically.
InNash performed as part Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu Toronto's Pride Week Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu , publicly acknowledging Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu he was gay. During andhe was again working with Robert Vanderhorst, under the name Two Artistson the project View From the Gallery a live multimedia event presenting a fusion of surrealistic visuals with classic stylings in music.
Nash appeared as a character in several comic books by Matt Howarth including issues 2—7 of Savage Henry. Nash announced his retirement via his website on November Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu ,stating he was "rolling up the bandages" and shutting down his official website on December His website was relaunched late inand costumes and instruments were donated to the National Music Centre in Calgary, AB.
A distribution deal was signed with Artoffact Records in Toronto in early to release all six of his albums from the s - Bedside Companion, Dreams and Nightmares, Children of the Night, the rare and previously This Could Be The Start Of Something Big - Ella Fitzgerald - Ella In Hollywood unreleased live album Hammersmith Holocaust, Decomposing as well as And You Thought You Were Normal?.
Work is underway to have all his Nosferatu - Nash The Slash - Nosferatu available again by late Filming began on a Nash the Slash documentary in early His white tuxedo and top hat will be on display to the public and are being loaned to the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC for a exhibit about popular music in Canada from the s to s.
On May 10,Nash died at his home in Toronto, at age 66, from a suspected heart attack. In addition to the soundtrack albums above, Nash has composed the film scores for several films, including:.
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