Helter Stupid: The Over the Edge Mix

by Negativland (via NCN)

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Note : This is NOT the original Negativland album 'Helter Stupid'. It is rather the radio show they did based and expanding upon, the material, themes, and subject matter used in the making of that album.

Tracks 2 and 3 of this program ARE the original 'Helter Stupid' portions taken from the original cd. The Perfect Cut portions of it are not included here. These (Helter Stupid) tracks were played during the original 'Helter Stupid' radio program.

The exact broadcast date of this radio program is not known, but it was probably broadcast right after the release of the Negativland album / cd, "Helter Stupid" in 1989. It is all about The Devil, backwards masking, and so-called 'Satanic' music proving that yes, Satanism (and it's resultant hysteria) is stupid too!

Negativland's 'Monstrous Joke' on the news media:

The concept for 'Helter Stupid', the original cd, and some of the sampled material, came from a San Francisco television news program that was taken in by a media hoax perpetrated by Negativland while promoting its previous album, 'Escape from Noise'.

When their 1987 album, Escape From Noise, proved to be more successful than they expected, Negativland, a sound collage band, canceled the tour they were expected to do and released a fake press release stating the band would be placed in house arrest until investigations concluded as to whether the track "Christianity Is Stupid" was implicated in Brom's murders.

The resulting media craze, stemming from journalists neglecting to fact-check, is lampooned in the title track of their 1989 album, Helter Stupid, whose insert also includes background information behind the band's prank.

The original running time of this Over the Edge show was 5 hours, but we took out the portion, in the original broadcast, where Frank Zappa's 'Porn Wars' was played in its entirety, unchanged, so as not to infringe on Zappa's copyright for that piece.

Negativland expressly grants permission to use their radio shows.

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released August 15, 2012

Don Joyce (Producer); Negativland

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The National Cynical Network (NCN) is a long-running, SF Bay Area alternate programming media remix project. It originally consisted of a trio of SF Bay-Area based radio collage artists: Phineas Narco, Ronald Redball and Alexander T. Newport. NCN seeks to play *with* music , using sound, and video media samples in the process of media collage or 'mediage'. ... more

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