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NegativlandHelter Stupid

Label:SST Records – SST CD 252
CD, Album


2Helter Stupid18:00
3The Perfect Cut (Canned Music)3:27
4The Perfect Cut (Rooty Poops)2:20
5The Perfect Cut (Good As Gold)3:19
6The Perfect Cut (Piece Of Meat)3:20
7The Perfect Cut (White Rabbit And A Dog Named Gidget)2:41
8The Perfect Cut (11 Minutes)4:53
9The Perfect Cut (48 Hours)5:39

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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 (Variant 1): SSTCD-252 JVC 2T14
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): SSTCD-252 JVC 1T14
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): SSTCD-252 JVC 2T12
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Helter Stupid (CD, Album)RecRec MusicReCDec 29Switzerland1989
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Helter Stupid (LP, Album)SST RecordsSST 252US1989
Helter Stupid (LP, Album)RecRec MusicRecRec 29Switzerland1989
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Helter Stupid (Cassette, Album, CrO₂)SST RecordsSSTC 252US1989
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Helter Stupid (LP, Test Pressing)SST RecordsSST 252US1989


enfantterrible's avatar
Edited 16 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.