Negativland Escape From Noise 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 1987 concept album Escape From Noise is the experimental collective's fourth album and first release for Greg Ginn's SST Records. The 18-track collection follows-up 1983's A Big 10-8 Place and tackles a variety of subjects including market research ("Quiet Please"), pop music ("Michael Jackson"), the Soviet Union's many time zones ("Time Zones"), and mixed messages ("Christianity Is Stupid"). The album also boasts guest appearances from Jello Biafra, the Residents and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart on off-the-wall sound effects.
"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 Escape From Noise Track Listing:
2. Quiet Please
3. Michael Jackson
4. Escape From Noise
5. The Playboy Channel
6. Stress In Marriage
7. Nesbitt's Lime Soda Song
8. Over The Hiccups
10. Car Bomb
11. Methods Of Torture
12. Yellow Black And Rectangular
13. Backstage Pass
14. Christianity Is Stupid
15. Time Zones
16. You Don't Even Live Here
17. The Way Of It