downloaded from the web june 7 1995 printed in Wired 1.4 sept/oct 1993 copyright 127w

Negativland - Free

Seeland Records

Negativland is a sample band with a mission: Grab fragments of the mass media to highlight what a perverted culture we swim in. After being saddled with years of lawsuits for releasing a single that made wicked fun of U2, they're back with a scathing indictment of everything that makes America, er, "great": gun worship, religious intolerance, bad ads - the whole nine mass-culture yards. It's not too preachy -the samples do the talking instead of the band. The samples are woven into a song structure that's fun to listen to. Here are some guys with strong political beliefs who aren't afraid to voice them.

Nick West