January 23, 2012

Negativland X Chumbawamba = The ABC's Of Anarchism

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In 1999, ahead-of-the-curve appropriationist musicians Negativland did a colabo with their one-hit wonderin' mates, Chumbawamba, remixing THAT SONG with audio of Alexander Berkman's 1932 manifesto The ABC's of Anarchism, the Sex Pistols, and the Teletubbies.

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Unfortunately for the band, the EP didn't come out until everyone was totally sick of THAT SONG. Which is too bad, says previously mild-mannered-seeming artist and veteran political hairblogger Peter Huestis, who designed the awesome album art several job changes ago, because it is, "one of Negativland's most entertaining and 'listenable' releases." And I heartily agree.

It's a sign of how kid-clueless I was at the time, and how hard I've apparently worked to block THAT SONG from my brain that until this moment, I had no idea what the original Chumbawamba album cover looked like, either.

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Wow, the guy who designed it, Michael Calleia, also did the logo for Stinky & Minky, a wacky, little SoHo [north of Houston, but whatever] store which was one of the first/only places to find vintage kids clothing. You really do never know.

Digital Graveyard: How to design a CD cover for Negativland, 1998-99, Part One; Part Two [sparklepony]
Buy The ABC's of Anarchism for very little money via amazon [amazon]

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