Negativland ‎– Helter Stupid

SST Records ‎– SST CD 252
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© 1989 Cesstone Music (BMI)
℗ 1989 SST Records

Times as listed on disc
Helter Stupid
The Perfect Cut

Times as listed on back cover:
Prologue 4:00
Helter Stupid 17:56
The Perfect Cut (Canned Music) 3:27
The Perfect Cut (Rooty Poops) 2:18
The Perfect Cut (Good As Gold) 3:17
The Perfect Cut (Piece Of Meat) 3:18
The Perfect Cut (White Rabbit And A Dog Named Gidget) 2:41
The Perfect Cut (11 Minutes) 4:52
The Perfect Cut (48 Hours) 5:37

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 0018861025223
  • Barcode (Text): 0 18861-0252-2 3
  • Matrix / Runout: SSTCD-252 JVC 2T14
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SST 252 Negativland Helter Stupid(LP, Album) SST Records SST 252 US 1989 Sell This Version
SST 252 Negativland Helter Stupid(LP, RE) SST Records SST 252 US Unknown Sell This Version
ReCDec 29 Negativland Helter Stupid(CD) RecRec Music ReCDec 29 Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
SEELAND 024 CD Negativland Helter Stupid(CD, RM) Seeland SEELAND 024 CD US 2004 Sell This Version
SSTC 252 Negativland Helter Stupid(Cass) SST Records SSTC 252 US 1989 Sell This Version



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October 26, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

Helter Stupid pay homage to the always omnipresent satanic paranoia in western culture and the way media exploits it, exagerates and fuel this feeling. Its one of the funniest, sarcastic, and smart made pieces of modern music around, off course out of any kind of musical pretention or intellectual labeling.
Negativland did this album just after being labeled as been responsible of the brutal crime some adolescent did to his parents supposedly after hearing the song "Christianity is stupid". this work is sort of their reply to the media.
It uses recorded TV announcements, 70s music loops and excerpts from interviews to create a twisted piece of joke about the serious and solemn moral tone media and mainstream use in order to mess with artistical creation and intolerant prejudice. a creation that surely confronts their moral parameters with the principle of doubt and thats why they try deny it and mess with it.
Helter Stupid is not a political work after all, nor a declaration of war against media and alienation but a demonstration of the "smart" use of speech and information.
In other words a spoonful of their own medicine.
It is not the best "industrial" music record around but surely can be postulated as one of the funniest ever made in the genre.