These Guys Are From England And Who Gives A Shit
Record label: Seelard
Release date: October 2001
It was ten years ago that Negativland released the U2 EP, a moment of audio infamy that has to be heard to be believed. And yet after hearing it, you still can't believe your ears. Those creative covers of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," littered with ham radio transmissions and outtakes of Casey Kasem swearing up a storm, led to a big fat lawsuit by Island Records. Ten years later (so the story goes), a mysterious package shows up on Negativland's doorstep. Turns out to be a well-produced bootleg of the original EP along with lots of bonus bits: trial runs of the EP on their Over The Edge radio show, live performances of related works, and a radio mix that can actually be played on the radio this time. The members of Negativland were so pleased with it that they decided to make it available to the public. And should corporate watchdogs come sniffing about, all they have to do is say, "But WE didn't release it." (This collection is released on the Seelard label; Negativland's label is SEELAND.) I think my wife said it best: "These guys just don't know how to stay outta trouble, do they?"
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