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Helter Stupid

Negativland Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sst
  • ASIN: B000000M5X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Helter Stupid
3. The Perfect Cut
4. The Perfect Cut
5. The Perfect Cut
6. The Perfect Cut
7. The Perfect Cut
8. The Perfect Cut
9. The Perfect Cut

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, but entertaining 'samples' album. 2 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The story goes something like this...
Negativland were embarking on a national tour of the US when funds started to run a bit too low. With quite a few gigs still to be completed, they needed a 'get out' before they ended up in deep debt. To this end, they concocted a story, which would let them off the hook AND provide a lot of helpful publicity.
As many people appreciate, the modern tabloid journalism that exists in the US (and, indeed, other countries around the world) likes nothing more than a nice, juicy, sensationalist story. And so it was that someone 'leaked' a report to a TV station claiming that Negativland had been advised to stay at home under house arrest as a result of one of their songs called 'Christianity is Stupid' having been the cause of a fifteen year-old boy going mad in Rochester, Minnesota and killing his brother, sister and parents with an axe!
This was, of course, not true, but the story soon spread nationally, with no one in authority denying it and none of the News services checking the facts!
Negativland did, as a result of all of this, gain the publicity and notoriety that they were seeking and were indeed off the hook.
The first half of the album 'Helter Stupid' chronicles this story using snippets of news reports that were broadcast at the time, public denials by the band, together with various samples of their music. All of this manages to paint the media industry as a bunch of gullible idiots, whilst at the same time creates a very unusual, but highly entertaining production.
The 'B' side of the album is unconnected with the 'A' side and consists of a mixture of sampled music and advertisements from the 70s in a series of 'Perfect Cuts'. These are presented as a 'trip down memory lane, with Dick Vaughn's Moribund Music of the 70s'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars We Need More Negativlands! 9 Sep 2004
By tgfabthunderbird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was intro'd to Negativland through a friend of my girlfriend at the time (circa 1989). This person was in an industrial group of his own (Bovine Ignition Systems. Sadofsky, where are you?) and Negativland was very much an influence and inspiration.

"Escape From Noise" was the most diabolical recording I'd ever heard. I loved hearing the bizarre overdubs, rip jobs on religion and other incisive commentaries that abounded on it.

When "Helter Stupid" came out, I grabbed it immediately. Now, I was disappointed by the tape's side two (Perfect Cut). It is not even worth mentioning.

But side one: 22+ minutes of an expose on the media, how incompetant they were then (and even more so now) and how they ran with a story, without checking their sources, without doing any real followup, and just assuming that David Brom murdered his whole family after hearing the track "Christianity Is Stupid."

The track is an amazing piece of TV newscasters who think they've got the story that'll get 'em to the network (WRONG), cuts from John Lennon and Charles Manson, and the effort by some shadowy figure trying to wring out a confession from the band (NOW IT BEGINS!).

To put a fine point on my title, I wish Negativland would do more of this on our alleged media today. Michael Moore has the inside track on it now, but the guys from San Fran. would be equally effective.

PS: This is also the band that Bono sued over, demanding they destroy all their copies of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." I heard a bootleg of their cover...yes, it was a slash and burn job, but His Pretentiousness needed to be brought down a peg around that time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helter Fantastic 27 Oct 2002
By Farrell Mc Nulty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Actually two mini-albums in one, two masterpieces, Negativland socks it to the media with a one-two punch. Beautifully edited, well-informed and hysterically funny, particularly sections of THE PERFECT CUT. I especially appreciated the samples of Chicago radio, having heard those exact same jingles as a Chicago kid back in the 70's. I listen to the whole piece and can just SEE the badly feathered hair, the bad form-fitting clothes and the 8-track players.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop Goes the Media-Industrial Complex 18 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This disc really contains two albums. The first is a long exploration of the media's laziness and susceptibility to fraud, following the story of Negativland's murder-connection hoax of 1988 in their familiar nonlinear style. The second is a collection of rapid-fire samples of 70's music and radio business tapes never meant for airplay. Funny, overwhelming, confusing, and enlightening.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a monstrous joke 10 April 2008
By Ronald Battista - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Negativland deconstructs the connection between media and its promotion of false stories of a sexy nature, going so far as to suggest that the media is more responsible for the how to's of murder than any music ever made. This album is so deep and so disturbing I really don't have the words to describe the experience, but it is funny as all get out, if you are cynical enough to get the joke. Basically, the band makes a phony connection between some 1990 axe murders and themselves, and the media does not one iota of fact checking to see if there is any truth to the story. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Touchdown! 2 April 2007
By S. A DUNN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is not the story of 180 and the letter G. It is the story of media pranksters creating a "football" as an excuse for a cancelled tour. Negativland placed that "football" on the playing field of the TV and print news media, and what did the superficial sharks of the media do with it?


Never in their wildest dreams did the members of Negativland think that their cute little "ruse" could blow up to such huge proportions that even Rolling Stone demanded an interview about their "killer song" causing the teen boy to slaughter his family with an axe!

It might have been cruel for Negativland to falsely leak out that their song "Christianity is Stupid" might have been the cause of those axe murders. But the media BOUGHT IT! They bought it without even investigating the story!

Of course, when someone shows so blatantly how the news media operates in this country, you must have a contingency plan to explain your actions. Negativland did! They created an album, using samples from the news story and samples from Charles Manson and mixed them all together in their blender, creating this work of art!

The first side of this album explains how and why it was done to the media. The other half of this album explains how the media works, in their own words, their own promo tapes and their own methods of manipulating radio and the news for maximum effect and profit.

I remind you, this was all before their "U2" escapade exploded in their faces and almost ruined the band!
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