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A Big 10-8 Place
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest
Long awaited re-issue of Negativland's legendary 1983 difficult listening conceptual suburban epic. Over three years in the making, and with ten-thousand-million-billion analog tape splices, this insanely cut-up and unique... more »
Long awaited re-issue of Negativland's legendary 1983 difficult listening conceptual suburban epic. Over three years in the making, and with ten-thousand-million-billion analog tape splices, this insanely cut-up and uniquely weird release remains the hands down favorite of many fans of Negativland's work. This re-issue comes with a 60-minute bonus DVD of Negativland's "NO OTHER POSSIBILITY" video, which was made in the mid-80s.
D. VESSELL | Arnold, MO USA | 05/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Negativland have been carrying on for nearly 25 years now, an amazing longevity for a band with admittedly narrow appeal. Their sonic landscapes have captivated, perplexed, and infuriated thousands, and they have taken a role that will probably place them in pop music history as one of the most ardent defenders of the copyright concept of fair use. But before they were sued into oblivion by U2's record label, before they became Fair Use poster children, they were four or five geeky guys from Contra Costa county who made sound cutups. Their early peak, and one they have never quite equalled since, is A Big 10-8 Place. The album came in a plain sleeve, and even the CD reissue never had a proper insert booklet. Never mind, it's the sound that counts here. After a brief "overture" of sorts, they launch into a splendid sound collage, "A Big 10-8 Place Part 1", of nearly 20 minutes in length. Two song-length tracks then intervene, "Clowns and Ballerinas" (a recording of a young girl singing to piano with subtle added electronic noodlings) and Mark Hosler's eccentric acoustic guitar ditty "Four Fingers".Then the true magic begins. "180-G: A Big 10-8 Place Part 2" is one of the all-time great sound collages. Equal parts John Cage, Brian Eno, and Firesign Theatre, the 20 minute excursion, narrated by the whimsical drawl of David Wills (who many consider to be the true voice of Negativland), takes you from San Francisco into Contra Costa county to house 180 on G so that you can clean up the dog juice on the orange carpet, but only after shoplifting the HR steam cleaning system from Safe Muffins. Don't forget to spray the talking toads with the Formula 409 before driving backwards to San Francisco to get back into your sewer pipe.This album is not for first-time listeners and not for the uninitiated in avant garde music. Go listen to Escape From Noise first. If you like it, then come back and get this album. You will never look at music the same way again."
A great example of early Negativland
Barry Gilbert | Boulder, CO United States | 09/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was their third release and the first one I ever heard. I remember playing this many times on my late-night radio show. The original LP came with a "Car Bomb" bumper sticker, which spent many years on the back of my 1978 Mercury station wagon.
There are two actual songs on this release: Four Fingers, a cute little folk tune that counts fingers, and the car bomb track, which was very timely in the early 80's. The centerpiece of the album is the two-part title tracks, a wonderful travelogue through Contra Costa County, CA, narrated by The Weatherman and filled with inside jokes. This is a perfect extension of the work Negativland did on their "Over the Edge" show on KPFA in Berkeley; lots of samples (not called samples back then, of course), lots of stream of consciousness, and a giddy sort of experimentation with radio and recorded music/comedy. They picked up where Firesign Theater left off.
This and their next one, Escape From Noise, were their best."
Negativland 8-10 place
Frederika | 04/27/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This albumn, from 1983, trys to tell a story. The story is in a place called pleasant hill, where the green slim can make you turn invisible. The whole album is based around this story.
pretty classic negativland.
includes a sticker, a map of contracosta county and a burnt piece of wood that is part of the story.pretty cool in my opinion."