Negativland

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"Negativland"
Negativland cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Recorded May 1993
Length 0:59
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 161
COR# N/A
Producer Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"A Final Tear of Red"
(RC# 160)
"Negativland"
(RC# 161)
"Chess"
(RC# 162)

"Negativland", spelled "Negativeland" on The 4 and 5 Star Demos of Rivers Cuomo list and Recording History, is a song written by Rivers Cuomo in 1993. It's known as an early prototype of Blast Off!, and consequently is very similar to the song both lyrically and musically. It was released in 2011 on Alone 3.

In a 2006 fan interview, Cuomo mentioned that he had been listening to the band Negativland during the time that he first started writing material for The Blue Album.

Karl Koch described the song in a post on the Albumsix message boards in August 2009 saying: "it's lyrics were actually about the band Negativland, specifically how they got sued into oblivion by Casey Kasem and U2 for the song "U2", which sampled U2 and Kasem's voice. It was a sad song -- commiserating with a band he'd never met about their severe problems."

Lyrics

I'm so sorry, Negativland
Here's to all the times we could have had
Somebody's givin' me a whole lotta money and I'm doin' what I know you would too
I'd pull my britches down for you
Oh, Negativland

I'm so sorry, little missed day
Here's to all the plans we made just today
I'm up to the bottom of my world; what I'm doin' is I'm looking for an attitude
I'd pull my britches down for you
Oh, Negativland