Negativland Helter Stupid on LP
Since 1980, Negativland has been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and "culture jamming" (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement.
Over the years Negativland's "illegal" collage and appropriation based audio and visual works have touched on many things - pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative anti-corporate activism in a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.
Negativland's 1989 concept album Helter Stupid is the experimental collective's fifth album following 1987's Escape From Noise and second for Greg Ginn's SST Records. The album's first side consists of the two tracks, "Prologue" and "Helter Stupid" which appropriate samples from the news coverage of their media hoax perpetrated while promoting Escape From Noise and The Beatles' "Helter Skelter." The second side consists of a series of "Perfect Cut" tracks featuring samples of singles from the 70s and The Winning Score.
"Declared heroic by their peers for refashioning culture into what the group considers to be more honest statements, Negativland suggests that refusing to be original, in the traditional sense, is the only way to make art that has any depth within commodity capitalism..." - New York Times
Negativland Helter Stupid Track Listing:
2. Helter Stupid
3. The Perfect Cut (Canned Music)
4. The Perfect Cut (Rooty Poops)
5. The Perfect Cut (Good As Gold)
6. The Perfect Cut (Piece of Meat)
7. The Perfect Cut (White Rabbit And A Dog Named Gidget)
8. The Perfect Cut (11 Minutes)
9. The Perfect Cut (48 Hours)