Review Revue – Negativland’s Escape from Noise


Welcome back to another installment of Review Revue. This week’s album of choice is an old favorite of mine, and I was very gratified to read that I was in good company in loving this particular record. Reading all these enthusiastic reviews for Negativland‘s supremely odd collection of weirdness and found sounds and, yes, noise made me want to go home and throw this “wild-assed piece of vinyl” on the record player once again. Here’s hoping I remember by the time I get home…

“This be one wild-assed piece of vinyl. Use it to link up any old show. Lots of fun talking bits to play, [illegible] as well.” [Note to self: don’t use red pen to write reviews; it doesn’t age well.]

“Now this is the album of the year. [Ironically, the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1987 went to U2’s Joshua Tree. Google “Negativland U2″ to appreciate the irony.] Flip yer wigs. One might even go so far as to play this several times during a show.”

“Read the credits, sheesh!”

“Yellow, Black and Rectangular is hilarious OVERPLAYED!”

“Where’s the book that came with this record?”

“This is toooo coooooool — crunch factor 9.3.”

“9.3 my ass! SST? Pick any cut, fuck I’ve lost all coherence.” [Indeed…]

“‘Over the Hiccups’ [which features a little girl doing her best to sing “Somewhere over the Rainbow” through a case of hiccups] is great!!”

“Don’t play ‘Black, Yellow & Rectangular’ [the “hit” off this album] — EXPLORE”

“True, it’s a hit (sorta), but watch out for Nesbitt’s lime soda song because there’s a ‘fucking’ in it as it fades out.”


“Michael Jackson and Playboy Channel are must plays.”

“Time Zones is nifty.”

“This wins the fish. Playboy Channel, Michael Jackson, Xtianity is stupid (it is) [changed to “isn’t,” then followed by “Is! Is! Is!” That’s right, you even get a little mini-debate on religion mixed in with your music criticism.]


“Lots of great saved sounds. I wish this guy was doing production here!” [Which, of course, is not meant to be a slight to the fine production staff at this station (I hope)…]

Suffice it to say: if you don’t know Negativland, or don’t know the album Escape from Noise, well, what are you waiting for?

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  1. Posted April 3, 2008 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    NEGAT ! I like the album cover better with the added stickers and ink. There should be a repressing with these added features.

    The Playboy Channel is excellent.

  2. Posted April 4, 2008 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    “Christianity Is Stupid” is a wonderful satire of propaganda that will succinctly gauge just how uptight your friends are.

  3. Tom Cassidy
    Posted August 2, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    The little girl doing her best to sing “Somewhere over the Rainbow” through a case of hiccups is the greatest, for making a room full of older hippies, and their kids laugh till’ they cry! Brings a tear to my eye, remembering my kids when they were young!… Thanks!

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