SPLIT RELEASES WITH OTHER ARTISTS
Besides the artistic satisfaction of collaborating with other artists on music, DWM has also promoted split releases with other artists. This often takes the form of a vinyl record in which one artist is on one side, and DWM on the other. Or, with a CD, alternating tracks between DWM and another artist. In some cases, each artist will have its own cover art, and in others, they will share one cover.
Artist: Doc Wör Mirran / Harald Sack Ziegler
Title: Phlegmboyant / Parp
Label: eMpTy Records Format: Vinyl LP Catalog #: MT-167 Release Date: July 25th, 1992
Musically, this is a wonderful release, a split release with DWM and Sack, each artist with a full LP side.The Sack side is the best work he has ever done, period. Funny and inspiring at the same time, standout tracks being “Bungalow”, “Meine Oma” and “Ungeheuer”. DWM also offers one of their best ever performances, this record featuring one of the all-time best DWM tracks, “I Want To Be A Machine”. The DWM tracks feature as members this time: Bernard H. Worrick, Joseph B. Raimond, Ralf Lexis, Peter Schuster, Theodor T. ThrongoMob, Andropovski, Michael Schulz-Pernice, Frank Abendroth, Denise Kusiak, John Mervin, Adrian Gormley and Jeandra Raimond. Who cares when or where it was recorded! 500 pressed.
Artist: Doc Wör Mirran / Controlled Bleeding
Title: The Gylsboda Snake / Pets For Meat
Label: Musical Tragedies Format: CD Catalog #: Tragedy One-O-Nine (MT-269) Release Date: April 1st, 1994
A full length CD, this is a split release with several tracks by both Controlled Bleeding and Doc Wör Mirran. CB check in on their half with some brand new recordings, exclusive to this release, that is a bit like Zappa on speed, with lots of fast paced edits and some nice vocal work. One song even has a sort of reggae beat to it. DWM offer as well new, exclusive tracks, with their usual amount of humor and garage-ness. Each band has their own cover that features their own artwork for this release. A limited, numbered edition was made in a double CD box with 50 hand-painted blank CDs. DWM on this release comprising Joseph B. Raimond, Peter Schuster, Ralf Lexis, Jeandra Raimond, John Eberly, Denise Kusiak, Mani Schumann, Laurent Gabiot and Rich Ferguson.
Artist: Doc Wör Mirran / Controlled Bleeding
Title: Screaming For Titties / Pets For Meat
Label: Musical Tragedies Format: Vinyl 7" Sawblade Catalog #:Eightieth Mammarian Tragedy (MT-222) Release Date: May 1st, 1994
Part seven in the on-going series of saw-blade shaped vinyl singles on Musical Tragedies. Each release is a split release between two artists. In this case, DWM shares the record with Controlled Bleeding. The DWM side is exclusive to this release, and features Andropovski screaming through a barrage of total noise. This track is by far the most "industrial" track so far released by DWM. Also included are performances by Joseph B. Raimond, Peter Schuster, Frans De Waard, Michael Wurzer, Emil Beaulieau and Adrian Gormley. A photo of Peter and Joe on the inside by .mario., taken while waiting for the Ringo Starr concert in Aschaffenburg to start. Both bands are loud, experimental, and made to be played at maximum volume. First pressing of 500 on multi-colored vinyl, second pressing of 500 on clear.
Artist: Doc Wör Mirran / Tesendalo
Title: Not Recorded
Label: Marginal Talent Format: Vinyl 7" Catalog #: Talent Seven (MT-321) Release Date: May 1st, 1996
The first release of the two, this vinyl single is a limited edition of 200 copies. Being a split single, the Tesendalo side is titled "Aufnahme" and is a fine example of their ambient style. The DWM side contains two "tracks", titled "Not Recorded" and "Scrape", which are endless loops etched into the master vinyl with an old nail. Also included on the vinyl are several graphic vinyl etchings. The single includes an insert, and is packaged in a German dog poo bag which has a stencil painting as a cover.
Artist: Doc Wör Mirran / Tesendalo
Title: Songs That Wanted To Be Saw-blades
Label: Masking Tapes Format: Cassette Catalog #: MT-259 Release Date: September 10th, 1999
Two fifteen minute tracks each from Tesendalo and DWM on this split release, each titled "A Song That Wanted To Be A Sawblade". Ambience pure, with fun packaging make this another memorable and unique release. DWM this time Joseph B. Raimond on all instruments, and Tesendalo is Peter Schuster. By the way, the cover answers that age-old question floating around the MT offices for so many years: just what should we do with all those little plastic things left over from when we cut sawblades?
Artist: Doc Wör Mirran / The Beatles
Title: Cry For A Shadow
Label: Empty Records Europe Format: Vinyl 7" Catalog #: MT-565 Release Date: May 14th, 2017
Hard to imagine that it would be possible to release a split single with the Beatles, but this offficial release has a very long, dark story. It started at the end of the 90s, when our friends over at Moloko + Records asked DWM to submit a Beatles cover song for their planned Bealtes tribute 7" box set. Not knowing which song to cover, DWM's Joseph B. Raimond and Ralf Lexis went ahead and recorded three, "Cry For A Shadow" from very early in the Beatle's career, "Tomorrow Never Knows" from the height of Beatlemania, as well as "Free As A Bird", one of their two bonus songs for their lengthy Anthology series and one of the last Bealtes tracks that will ever be recorded. Moloko + liked all three tracks and planned to include them on their box set, but then that was the last DWM ever heard about the project, and it was never released. Since then, these tracks have been refered to as DWM's "Abbey Toad" recordings. Fast forward to around 2010, and MT Undertainment gets offered the orignal Beatle's recording of "Cry For A Shadow" to officially license. Originally planned to be a sawblade shaped single in the Musical Tragedies series of sawblade shaped vinyl records, the other artist was planned to be the Tater Totz, the punk supergroup led by Pat Fear of White Flag, and featuring members of Sonic Youth, Red Cross, among many others. From this point on, bad luck and tragedy kept this release from ever seeing the light of day, as Pat's health problems delayed the recording of the Tater Totz for years. Then, finally recorded, Pat died suddenly weeks before mixing the final track. MT Undertainment, still planning to use the wonderful cover art Past organised for the release as well as a rough mix of the track that Pat sent just before his death, then set about trying to release the single together with Munster Records of Spain, but after sending them the tracks for mastering, Munster pulled out of the project without comment. A crowdfunding effort produced very little capital to have the record pressed, and neither Sonic Youth nor Red Cross even answered emails asking them to help find support for this project. The final blow came after the company that normally shapes the records quadrupled the price of shaping the records frome one day to the next. At this point, MT Undertainment, remembering the three lost DWM "Abbey Toad" tracks, realized the opportunity presented in releasing a split single of the original Beatles recordings of "Cry For A Shadow" with the DWM cover version of the same track on the flipside. DWM then wrote to Klaus Voormann, the orignal artist who designed the Beatles "Revolver" album cover, and he agreed to let supply the cover art for the Beatle's side of the single. Two limited editions of the release are available. Our friends over at EBÚ's Music have co-released a limited, numbered edition of 50 copies of this record in a rice-paper, hand stamped sleeve including extra graphic artwork by Joseph B. Raimond. Also, .kolektiv23. have designed a limited edition of 23 numbered copies of the vinyl single packaged in a black bubble bag with an additional cassette of the two tracks plus extra, signed artwork by Joseph B. Raimond. In total, 300 records were pressed on black vinyl.
Artist: Doc Wör Mirran / The Residents
Title: Songs For Nambia / Holy Kiss Of Flesh
Label: Minimalkombinat Format: LP Catalog #: MK70 Release Date: January 27th, 2022
Containing studio versions of some of the tracks DWM played live in Lithuania, Augsburg and Munich, Germany in 2017, this recording features Adrian Gormley on sax, Michael Wurzer on samples and synthesiser, Joseph B. Raimond on bass, guitar and synthesiser and Stefan Schweiger on samples and theramin. Recorded from September 2017 to February 2018 at Two Car Garage Studios in Fürth, Germany, with cover art by Joseph B. Raimond. On the flipside we have the always great Residents, offering for the first time on vinyl, their 16 minute long track "Holy Kiss Of Flesh". Three versions of this release were made, each with a slightly different cover, including 23 test pressings, 111 "normal" on white/red vinyl and 46 on liquid-filled vinyl. All three versions include eyeball M & Ms, made especially for this release.