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NEGATIVLAND: The Discography Compiled by Jeremy York, jeremy@quito.stat.washington.edu, updated by David Vessell 8-15-92. NEGATIVLAND (LP, CD) Seeland Records 001 [1980] Recorded December 1979 -- April 1980 Mark Hosler and Richard Lyons -- Tapes, electronics, rhythms, booper, clarinet, organ, viola, loops, guitar, etc. David Wills -- Synthesizer, voice, tape. Peter Dayton -- Guitar, viola. W. Kennedy M. -- Guitar. Joan Alderdice -- Bellbeating Side Pre : 1-10 Side Post : 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 (timings unavailable) Packaging -- first edition had original photomontage on front; stencil, wallpaper, and information sticker on back; Negativland logo, recipe, and wallpaper samples inside. Current editions are missing back stencil, inside logo and wallpaper samples. Still available as of summer 90 POINTS (LP) Seeland Records 002 [1981] [still out of print as of August 1992] A BIG 10-8 PLACE (LP, CD) Seeland Records 003 [1983] Figured out and Designed by Mark Hosler and Ian Allen Written by Mark Hosler, Ian Allen and David Wills Made by Mark Hosler with Ian Allen and David Wills Narration by David Wills Whistling by Mark's Dad. Contributions by Richard Lyons, Peter Dayton, Chriss Grigg, Pyke Allen, Don Joyce, Phil Freihofner. First Side : Theme from A Big 10-8 Place (2:58) A Big 10-8 Place Part One (13:22) Clowns and Ballerinas (1:34) Second Side : Introduction (:49) Four Fingers (3:05) 180-G: A Big 10-8 Place Part Two (15:49) Packaging -- Stiff cardboard fold-around, with the record and the following contained inside : large poster, with words to 180-G translated into several languages; information sheet; "Negativland : No Other Possibility" bumpersticker; "inspected by Mark" slip; "Ham Operator Convicted" UP reprint. Original edition had a baggie of lawn clippings; current edition does not. [ed. note....CD versions lack information sheet and have an "Inspected by David" slip instead.] JAMCON '84 (CS) Seeland Records 004 [1985] SST Records SSTC233 [1988] Recorded in May 1984 and October 1985. Cassette is edited from live performances by Negativland on Don Joyce's "Over The Edge", a weekly radio program on KPFA FM-94 in northern California. Don Joyce OTE producer, tapes, records, CB razor blade, mix David Wills Telephone, voice, scanner, booper, tapes Mark Hosler guitar, bass, voice, razor blade, mix Richard Lyons voice Chriss Grigg guitar, keyboard Ian Allen tapes, keyboard Anonymous Callers First side : JAMCON '84 40:32 Second side : The Starting Line with Dick Goodbody 38:35 Available on SST as of Summer 90 NO OTHER POSSIBILITY (VHS) Seeland Records 005 [1986] 60 minute playing time; comes with balloon, bumper sticker, and insert. ESCAPE FROM NOISE (LP, CD) Seeland Records 006 [1987] SST Records 133 [1987] Rec Rec 17 [1987] Recorded at Mark's home 1983 - 1987 Mark Hosler Singing, synthesizers, guitars, voice tapes, percussions, rhythm loops, bomb parts, David manipulation, tiny metal banjo, recorder, lots of other noises, mix. Don Joyce Yelling, talking tapes, electric tympani, synthesizer, lyrics, singing, Booper bee, bomb parts and assemply, noises everywhere, mix. Chris Grigg Drums, synthesizer, singing, computer & software, field recordings, mix. David Wills Talking, shortwave, family tape, bomb parts, regular Booper. Richard Lyons Singing, lyrics, voice. With contributions from : Ian Allen, Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedies), Das (Big City Orchestra), Dina Emerson, Steve Fisk, Tera Freedman, Phil Freihofner, Ed Markmann, Fred Frith, Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), Tom Herman (Tripod Jimmie), Henry Kaiser, Louisa Michaels (Step One Nursery School), Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), The Residents, Reveren Ian Stang (Church of the Subgenious), Rand Weatherwas (CBS), Rob Wortman (Kingshouse). Announcement 1:51 Quiet Please 2:17 Michael Jackson 2:08 Escape From Noise 2:36 The Playboy Channel 1:32 Stress In Marriage 1:35 Nesbitt's Lime Soda Song 3:08 Over the Hiccups 1:28 Sycamore 2:29 Car Bomb 2:03 Methods of Torture 1:23 Yellow Black and Rectangular 2:14 Backstage Pass 1:15 Christianity is Stupid 3:55 Time Zones 5:28 You Don't Even Live Here 2:30 The Way Of It 1:12 Endscape 0:37 Packaging -- LP comes with informative booklet with newspaper clippings, discography as of 1987, pictures, etc. Original edition of EFN included a "Car Bomb" bumpersticker; current editions do not. [ed. note....CD versions do not include booklet or bumper sticker. both can be obtained by sending $2.00 to Seeland Records. CD version of "Endscape" is actually 3:35 in length. Mostly empty space, but eventually there is a short song they did after their house burned down, which occurred shortly after completion of EFN.] PASTOR DICK (CS) SST Records SSTC901 [1989] Recorded in 1982. Cassette is edited from a live performance by Negativland on Don Joyce's "Over The Edge", a weekly radio program on KPFA FM-94 in northern California. Richard Lyons Pastor Dick David Wills The Weatherman Don Joyce Producer, OTE Mark Hosler Chris Grigg Helen Holt Kent Hastings Anonymous Callers Side One : Pastor Dick part one 29:45 Side Two : Pastor Dick part two 28:30 THE WEATHERMAN (CS) SST Records SSTC902 [1989] Recorded in 1982-1984. Cassette is edited from live performances by Negativland on Don Joyce's "Over The Edge", a weekly radio program on KPFA FM-94 in northern California. David Wills The Weatherman Richard Lyons Pastor Dick Don Joyce Wang Tool Mark Hosler Chris Grigg Ian Allen Anonymous Callers Side One : The Weatherman part one 44:56 Side Two : The Weatherman part two 46:00 HELTER STUPID (LP, CS, CD) SST Records 252 [1989] Judging from an enclosed picture, and the tour personnel, this is Mark Hosler, Don Joyce, Chris Griggs, Richard Lyons, and David Wills. Contributions by : Ian Allen, Bob Basenich, Jim Bryan, Maggie Buckles, Cyrnai, Steve Fisk, Ginny Miller, Landon Spearman, Doug Wulfe. Prologue 4:00 Helter Stupid 17:56 The Perfect Cut : Canned Music 3:27 Rooty Poops 2:18 Good as Gold 3:17 Piece of Meat 3:18 White Rabbit and a Dog Named Gidget 2:41 11 Minutes 4:52 48 Hours 5:37 SECRET SINGLE (12", MCS, CD5) SST Records 272 [1991] The infamous "U2" single. Deleted from the SST catalog October 1991. GUNS (12", MCS, CD5) SST Records 292 [1992] COMPILATION APPEARANCES 1-20 on Local International (Recommended UK) cassette 1984 Seventy Dreams on Yogi Cometbus Audiocassette Magazine cassette 1984 Perfect Scrambled Eggs on Potatoes (Ralph) LP & cassette 1987 Paul McCartney's Penis on Northern California is a Noisy Place Indeed (Sound of Pig) cassette 1987 Radio Advertising on Objekt 3 (Ladd - Frith) cassette 1987 General Cavendish on Zamizdat Trade Jounal Cassette 1987 Play It Again on Unsound Last Issue Cassette (Unsound Magazine) 1987 You Must Choose on Live At the Knitting Factory vol 3 (A&M) 1990 Negativland -- "Negativland" -- The first LP by this Bay area band, made and released while they were seniors in high school. Some of it is difficult/bad, but there's some really charming stuff in here. White supremists taped off of the radio, children reciting the Lord's Prayer, an old record about how to teach your parakeet to talk, pre-recorded civil defense radio messages about what to do after the bomb has dropped, dinner conversation from the family home of a band member, electronics and various odd music all mixed into a fascinating collage. Like I said, it's a bit sloppy and difficult at times, but there are some amazing moments on this LP. Negativland -- "A Big 10-8 Place" -- Easily their best lp, IMHO, but not the best place to start unless you're into noise and experimental stuff. First, a surreal excursion into suburban America, very spooky and subliminal; a lot of effort went into every moment of this LP, sounds to disturb and affect you. Then comes a real song, then a completely strange suburban travelogue, where tourguide David Wills tells "all you slimy fruitcakes from San Francisco" how to get to 180 and the letter G, so that you can clean the dog juice from the orange carpet and the green slime that's oozing from the front of the house. Negativland -- "Escape From Noise" -- Perhaps their most listenable LP, it consists of lots and lots of short bits strung together. Noise is the common theme, street noise, noise at home, "noise -- what it is -- what it does to you". Sometimes humorous, usually wry and cynical. Radio, and music as a commodity, is another theme. If you're interested by any of these album descriptions, this one is the one to start with. Not much of the longer more abstract pieces that make up a lot of the other albums. Negativland -- "Helter Stupid" -- Their most recent LP. Not quite as interesting as the above, except for the subject material; half of the album is about a rather unethical media experiment they conducted. Still, has some great moments. Negativland -- "Pastor Dick","The Weatherman","Jamcon '84" -- Cassettes of Negativland during their live radio show Over The Edge. The show is in the middle of the night on a Berkeley radio station, and people can call in live, they just get edited into the electronics, music, etc that the band are doing. For the true fanatic only. Negativland -- "Secret Single" and "Guns" -- The band's last two efforts have been 12" singles, the former being one of the most infamous music lawsuits in recent memory. The band and SST were sued by Island Records and Warner-Chappell Publishing after the "U2" single, officially called "Secret Single", had been on shelves for only a week, charging that the single's packaging was intentionally misleading and gave the impression that it was a U2 release. In fact, many record stores misfiled the single under "U". Its two tracks are deconstructions of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" intersperced with David Will's smarmy improvisation on the song's lyrics and samples of Casey Kasem verbally abusing his show's staff. "Guns" is a bit more pedestrian, providing commentary on guns and the people who use them.

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