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Negativland cover
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Recorded May 1993
Length 0:59
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 161
Producer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Released
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"A Final Tear of Red"
(RC# 160)
(RC# 161)
(RC# 162)
Alone III: The Pinkerton Years 1994-1997 track listing
"You Gave Your Love To Me Softly"

This song is part of the "El Scorcho" (RC# 213) lineage of songs

"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 is the fourth track on Alone III: The Pinkerton Years 1994-1997. Its lyrics address the avant-garde band of the same name.



The song is known best as an early prototype of "Blast Off!". 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."[citation needed] The song was heard for the first time when it appeared on the compilation CD Alone III: The Pinkerton Years 1994-1997 in 2011.

Though the song's lyrics were eventually completely rewritten when the song became "Blast Off!", elements from the lyrics from "Negativland" are still present in the earliest draft of Songs from the Black Hole ("I'm so sorry Wuan and Dondó"[...]"I'm off to the corner of the room I don't wanna face another living soul")



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 ???
Here's to all the plans we made yesterday
I'm off 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