Tribute to Negativland’s Richard Lyons
This is the third Negativland tribute show I’ve done in the span of a year. The first was for founding/early member Ian Allen, who was a virtual muse to the group. Mere months later came the passing of Don Joyce, who was responsible for much of Negativland’s surreal cut-and-paste style of art – not that pre-Don Negativland wasn’t above such Dada techniques.
And now comes the passing of member Richard Lyons, who brought to Negativland and companion radio program Over The Edge its cutting sartorial aspect. He was a prankster and cultural conservator, responsible for such religious pieces as Christianity Is Stupid (he brought the crazed record by Estus W. Pirkle to the attention to the rest of the group) and brought to life his alter egos Pastor Richard ‘Dick‘ Seeland, fractured radio personality Dick Vaughn and car obsessed game show host/contestant Dick Goodbody. All these characters shared a common trait in that they seemed to be clueless of their failure to connect with their concept or even an audience. I think Lyons’ humor was very ahead of its time and seemed to anticipate Anti-Comedy as it exists today.
He lived in Seattle for the last couple of decades, sharing a large 70s-style house with David Wills, aka The Weatherman. He was sporadically involved with the group – and would ocassionally appear virtually, via computer on Over The Edge and was also helping prepare the homemade covers and inserts for the reissue of Negativland’s debut album.
After an earlier battle with cancer which returned recently, Richard Lyons passed away at age 57 on his birthday at a care facility, surrounded by friends and family.
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00h, 00mn. KBOO Community Radio – Promo Spots – Promo Spots
00h, 04mn. K-Tel Records – Cold Open: Super Bad – IDs/Intros/Bits/Clips/Skits/Outros
00h, 05mn. The Floaters – Float On – Float On 7” version
00h, 09mn. Set break — Background: Leonard Pennario – March of the Lunatics
00h, 10mn. Negativland – A Tape For All Deaths – Over The Edge Vol. 4: Dick Vaughn’s Moribund Music Of The 70’s
00h, 15mn. Negativland – The Hell-Bound Plane – Dick Vaughn’s Moribund Music Of The 70’s
00h, 22mn. Negativland – Introduction/Four Fingers – A Big 10-8 Place –
00h, 26mn. Negativland – The Smile You Can’t Hide/Drink It Up – DisPepsi
00h, 32mn. Negativland – Nesbitt’s Lime Soda Song – Escape from Noise
00h, 35mn. Negativland – Why Is This Commercial? / Happy Hero – DisPepsi
00h, 42mn. Negativland – Christianity And The Cults, Joseph Smith, Brainwashing At The Cuckoo Club – Over The Edge Vol. 2 – Pastor Dick: Muriel’s Purse Fund
00h, 49mn. Negativland – The Perfect Cut (Intro) – Helter Stupid
00h, 50mn. Negativland – Introduction, Witness For The Documentation, Disclaimers And Floaters, Etc. – Dick Vaughn’s Moribund Music Of The 70’s
00h, 59mn. Set break — ID/Station Bizniz – Background: Moog Plays ABBA – Waterloo
01h, 07mn. Negativland – Ain’t No Baby – Death Sentences of the Polished and Structurally Weak
01h, 09mn. Dr. Mary Conroy & Gene Rayburn – Common Sense Self Defense (played 1/2 speed) – YouTube
01h, 13mn. Estus W. Pirkle – side two – If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?
01h, 13mn. Negativland – Lookin’ Out For #1 – Death Sentences of the Polished and Structurally Weak
01h, 14mn. Negativland – Christianity Is Stupid – Escape from Noise
01h, 18mn. Negativland – Prologue/Helter Stupid (excerpt) – Helter Stupid
01h, 28mn. The 180-Gs – Christianity Is Stupid – 180 D’Gs to the Future!
01h, 31mn. Negativland – Helter Stupid (resumes) – Helter Stupid
01h, 44mn. Set break — Background: Negativland: Death Sentences of the Polished and Structurally Weak
01h, 44mn. Negativland – I Love My B.I.B.L.E., More Bible Quiz, The Weatherman Clears It Up – Pastor Dick: Muriel’s Purse Fund
01h, 47mn. Negativland – Whisper A Prayer – Pastor Dick: Muriel’s Purse Fund
01h, 57mn. Set break — Outro: Carl Sagan – “A very plausible theory…”
01h, 57mn. Starlight Children’s Chorus – E.T., I Love You – E.T., I Love You and Other Extra-Terrestrial Songs for Children