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San Francisco, United States (1979 – present)

Negativland is an music and band that originated in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1979. They “lifted their name” from a Neu! song.

Long-standing band member Don Joyce produces a weekly interactive radio program, Over the Edge, on listener-supported KPFA in Berkeley. A significant number of Negativland’s recent releases have been formed from material the band developed live on the show.

The core of the band is Joyce, Mark Hosler, Richard Lyons and David Wills (aka “The Weatherman”). Chris Grigg is a former member. Peter Conheim joined the band in 1997.

Negativland has released a number of albums, ranging from pure collage to more musical affairs. These have mostly been released on their own label, Seeland Records. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, they produced several recordings for SST Records, most notably Escape from Noise, Helter Stupid, and U2.

Negativland is well-known for the U2 lawsuit, which nearly destroyed them as a band.

Early history
Negativland started in Concord, California in 1979 around the core founding members of Lyons and Hosler (who were in high school at the time), releasing an eponymous debut in 1980.

A number of releases followed in the early 1980s, but it wasn’t until after the release of their breakthrough sample and cut-up sonic barrage Escape from Noise in 1987 that Negativland gained wider attention.

Following the somewhat unexpected success of this album, Negativland faced the prospect of going on a money-losing tour.

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  • DamPoc

    Don't touch it.

    6 Sep 7:21am Reply
  • Hydropolis

    don't touch that dial, it's got Dick on it

    20 May 6:33am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    So I found this through Hour of Slack podcasts, apparently a Negativland member has a radio show that is also featured on his Bandcamp account.

    4 May 11:05pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    CHRISTIANITY IS STUPID! COMMUNISM IS GOOD! GIVE UP!!!

    24 Mar 8:03pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    пожалуй, что чисто исторически они значимы, но слушать их релизы невозможно

    20 Mar 1:39pm Reply
  • Chumsicles

    I was at their show in LA recently and the_raytownian's description of Negativland fans is consistent with the type of person I saw there. The show itself was great though......and they are really nice guys too!

    12 Mar 10:42am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    No Business is definitely their funniest...the disco part haha

    12 Mar 7:22am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Ha, apparently these guys are associates with Church of the Subgenius...that doesn't surprise me.

    11 Mar 7:04am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    The fact I can't tell if you're being ironic, sarcastic or serious is nifty. I actually really like the videos for these guys, Devo AND Chruch of the Subgenius. Maximum quirk all around!

    11 Mar 6:29am Reply
  • mb40

    Over the edge rules!!!

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • KingFahtah

    Share a pepsi and shut up

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • trtb

    just as lackluster in a live setting as they are on record apparently

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • folkfag00

    this sounds like the frustration stemmed from the fact that they couldn't make music featuring their painful awareness of this

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    Amazing stuff

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • squiggins

    So, is Negativland on hiatus, or...?

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Hazenpepper

    Communism is good, give up.

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • forfeh

    HEY PA! LOOK!

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bgk90

    Escape From Noise is the most "accessible" but Dead Dog Records (the cd that comes in the U2 book) Helter Stupid and Dispepsi are all impressive albums imo

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • gayguy5000

    Ahaha, is this supposed to be the equivalent of Devo for art school flunkies? This band sucks a mean retard cock!

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • narci91

    It's All In Your Head FM is absolutely wonderful, love these guys.

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
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