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ESCAPE FROM NOISE

Negativland Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SST
  • ASIN: B000000M2F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars their peak 20 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
Negativland made three albums before this one... including the painstakingly edited 'A Big 10-8 Place' which took 3 years to record. Escape From Noise emerged in 1988 and reveals itself as their best and most accessible album combining out-and-out noise, hilarious and catchy vocal samples, political comment and uncategorisable electronic blaaarg. Negativland weren't really just a musical band as such.... they were more than that... practical jokers, musique concret post-punk pioneers, political activists and satirists... as well as knocking off the odd catchy pop 'should've-been-a-hit' (or at least more well known). Get this album to hear them at their peak.... then buy A Big 10-8 Place (my personal favourite).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspend your judgement till the end 2 Nov 2003
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Escape from Noise is experimental to say the least. 'Announcement' will immediately throw you off the scent and 'Michael Jackson' will give you nightmares!(but hey..... ). FatBoy Slim used it as a sample for a song of the same name. The most evil song you will ever hear is 'Christianity is stupid' but purely for the music, not the minimal vocal content and the sweetest is the poor toddler trying to sing 'Over the rainbow' with hiccups. 'Playboy Channel' will make you laugh or nod sadly in agreement, depending on what you'll own up to! From sampling the family discussion on neighbourhood noise, to singing about the consequences of a bee ruining your favourite drink, Escape from Noise does indeed have something for everyone who's brave and openminded enough to stick it out. The range of styles, speed, content and meaning is extreme. Not for repeated playing, but great to treat the uninitiated to. Probably the most listenable album from their collection and worth it just for the street cred value. To enjoy it is to head striaght into the very centre of what they are telling you to escape from.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape to Negativland 3 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of those with personal memories. I first heard it in the early 90's when my friend Bob King introduced me to it. I was hugely impressed at the time. In those days it was a new phenomenon to use samples in music and quite a lot of chart stuff had audible samples, usually from other chart tracks. Here was a whole album utilising samples in such a wierd and unique way, and so superbly produced. After more than 10 years I saw the album on amazon and wondered if it would still surprize me. It does. From informal accoustic sets to rampaging political statements, this album intrigues, it's lyrics still apt in the modern world. Elements of Crass, Brain Ticket, Psychic TV and other contemporary stuff keep you on your toes. An album you can get into. Definitely not background, you have to be in the mood for this one but i love it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a GREAT record, but DON'T buy it from this label 21 Aug 2007
By M. Derby - Published on Amazon.com
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Escape From Noise is one of Negativland's best. But...please, please...buy the CD from the band's own Seeland label. There's another link on amazon; you can easily jump over to it.

When Negativland got into legal trouble over their hilarious U2 parody, they got screwed not only by Island Records (who ridiculously claimed that the obscure release would confuse U2 fans and deprive the mega-wealthy band of sales), and not only Casey Kasem (who would hardly seem to have a right to censor his own words).

No, they also got screwed by SST Records, their OWN LABEL. That's SST, the indie label with a lot of cred based on their having released the Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and a lot of other great music.

Although--rumor has it--they didn't do a good job of getting around to actually paying these artists (despite the tremendous sales said bands were generating, so much so that SST releases have often been unavailable due to the label not producing enough copies to keep up with demand).

But where SST could have stood behind Negativland when Island came after them, instead they did everything they could to screw over their own band -- primarily by making them pay legal fees from every recording they'd ever made, forever.

So if you buy Escape From Noise from SST, you're giving money to people with a "cool" aura they don't deserve, who've acted almost as greedy as the major label which succeeded--for many years, though not permanently--in preventing fans from hearing Negativland's U2 parody.

If you buy the Seeland release, then the money goes to Negativland. Who need it, and deserve it.

(Standard disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer. This account is true merely to the best of my understanding, and may not be 100% true in every detail. Hey, I don't want Island or SST coming after ME, either.)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pranksters! 18 Jan 2002
By Evan A Genest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You may or may not laugh at a man with a bullhorn, advising you that ¡§Communism Is Good! Communism is good!¡¨. I laughed pretty hard.
The jokes here are subtle and sort of accidental, relying on surprising edits and strange juxtapositionings. Negativland takes found sound and splices it together. The result is not exactly pure bliss. I would say this album is, by turns, tedious, surprising, amusing, confusing, senseless, coherent, and clever.
A child sings Somewhere Over The Rainbow but with the hiccups. A punk folksinger plays a song with a one word, charmless chorus ¡§CARBOMB!¡¨ screamed at the top of his lungs. A cold-war era segment of a call in radio show gets paranoid about Russia, pointing out that it has 13 time zones. A very slick voice over introduces a song which has been perfectly engineered to be a hit, pre-formulated for instant success across a wide range of demographics (and what a song it is!). There's a commercial for a beautiful suburb you can move to that's full of sycamores and...handguns.
I wish I could know where the sounds come from. They record random broadcasts from CB, AM and short wave for starters but there are also home recordings from what seem to be strangers. Do they buy these at garage sales? Who knows, maybe someone you know is on this album!
Their cut and paste effect reminds me of a friend who sometimes takes letters I send her and composes a reply entirely from the phrases of my own letter. Back comes my own letter, recognizable in parts, but totally put through a blender. Why do this? Why create a work of art that's just a mangling of someone elses words? Because the result is a surprising and strange poem, occasionally clever and beautiful, but often even better, meaningless and beautiful.
This is not a music album, though it does contain some music. It is a sound collage that bears repeated listening. Recommended if you like the Firesign Theater radio drama LPs.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rock music blares! doors slam! people yell! 20 Nov 2001
By Ryan Hennessy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"The first cut on this record has been cross-format focussed for airplay success. As you well know, a record must break on radio in order to actually provide a living for the artists involved. Up until now, you've had to make these record-breaking decisions on your own, relying only on perplexing intangiblities like taste and intuition. But now there's a better way."
This is the announcement that starts the record. Obviously there's so many things wrong about this announement that I don't want to point them all out. Negativland have made it this far, despite their complete disregard for radio. Escape From Noise is the culmination of their achievements. While their earlier records didn't really have any coherence to them, this one has a theme, more or less, although the actual sound is a boiling pot for more diverse scattered samples ever.
Noise. It's everywhere, in different shapes and forms. It's in the media bombardment we face daily, it's the jackhammers outside your window, and it's the sheer number of people around you. Negativland even brings it down to a microscopic scale, with the noise of marital arguments, your cable gone out and even a simple anomaly like the hiccups.
A loud echoing voice in "Michael Jackson" announces with an air of authority "The Cars. Herbie Hancock. Bonnie Tyler. ZZ Top. Weird Al Yankovic. Cindi Looper." Only at the end do we find that it's a sample of a Christian rights guy calling for the destruction of rock music. "Escape From Noise" is a funky disjointed song with the Weatherman screaming, and it's quite catchy despite its unpredictable pace.
"The Playboy Channel" at first seems to be just a funny little song about a man getting his orgasm wrecked by his cable going out. Listen to it enough times and you start to realize how true it is, how much we rely on cable, the man's orgasm just being a metaphor. It's disturbing how many time the Weatherman says "That sound is more important than your entire life. And it will stop you from having an orgasm on the Playboy Channel."
The first six songs are a barrage on your ears and after that we get into calmer fare like "Nesbitt's Lime Soda," an ode to the bottle of soda that was ruined by a fly. "Car Bomb" starts up the psychosis again. The incredibly antsy "Methods of Torture" tells how noise used to be used as a method of torture. "Time Zones" is about 4 minutes of a conversation from a radio call in show being constantly mixed up. They're talking about how terrifying it is that there are 11 time zones in the Soviet Union compared to the United States' measly 4 time zones. This album could really use a song like "Aluminum or Glass" from Dispepsi to anchor everything down, but Escape from Noise still holds up well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Signal, Just Noise 3 July 2001
By Blahblahblah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It is a mistake to buy any Negativland album for the music. Some of their experimental noise-fests do actually wind up working well, but this is rare. The real reason for buying Negativland is for the sheer experience. Negativland, with their myriad samples, hold a distorted mirror of the world up to the listener, forcing the more careful listener (most will just hear noise) to question society and its sacred cows.
The theme of this particular album is about how there is no escape from noise. In information theory, the higher the ratio of signal to noise, the more meaningful information you receive. This album is about how in modern american society, we are exposed to a lot more noise than signal. Part of the way they achieve this is by presenting quite a bit of noise themselves, while leaving in just enough signal for the careful listener to get the point. As a result, the message isn't as obvious or outright funny as their classic Dispepsi, but this album is still an enjoyable experience to those who want mind-expansion along with their pop.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sardonic sonic sculptors at their peak 2 May 2004
By D. VESSELL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you've ever heard of Negativland, it's probably either because of the brilliant but ill-begotten (and legally destructive) "U2" single from 1991, or this album, their best selling and easily their most accessible. Eschewing some of the long-form works that dominate many of their previous and subsequent releases, this album probably has more song-length tracks than any other Negativland collection. Only the wonderfully ethereal "Time Zones" tops 5 minutes in length, and a couple clock in under 2. Among the gems in this collection are the opening "Announcement" (a wonderful jab at the concept of pop radio marketing), the surreal "Yellow Black and Rectangular", the irreverent "Playboy Channel", the audacious punk-rock romp "Car Bomb", and the aforementioned "Time Zones", which puts a sliced-and-diced call-in radio show discussion about the Soviet Union to brilliant effect.
Some albums are better (most notably A Big 10-8 Place), some are more precise in their satire, but none reach the level of accessibility that Escape From Noise accomplishes. Be sure to buy the 1997 Seeland reissue, not the 1987 issue from their estranged record label SST.
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