It has often been said: “If you give them enough rope, they’ll hang themselves.” But why should they? Maybe they’ll create an unbelievably elegant arrangement of rope; an impossibly monumental construction of coiled vision which could only be classified as a rope sculpture, stretching a timeless strand of understanding between us and posterity. In the case of Negativland, I’m pleased to announce that the latter is true. — Escape From Noise liner notes
The dearly learned moral of Negativland’s story is simple: those who test gas leaks with lit matches encounter a lot of bad smells and occasionally blow themselves to kingdom come. The albums documenting Over the Edge, the absurdist San Francisco Bay Area troupe’s KPFA radio show (imagine Prairie Home Companion as envisioned and performed by twisted urban culture snots and executive produced by prankster Alan Abel), are generally obnoxious, exhausting and cloying proof of why tape recorders and microphones shouldn’t be allowed to fall into the hands of multi-media hicknerd wiseacres with access to the airwaves. Drop the laser needle (or the tape head) anywhere and you get a collage of found sounds, put-on phone calls, dryly offbeat sketches (shades of The Goon Show filtered by the Firesign Theater) featuring regular characters, old records, in-jokes and whatever else can be plucked from the supermarket shelves of America’s vast sonic wasteland. On early albums like Escape From Noise and Points, there’s even original music in the mix. — Trouser Press
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