Eddie The Rat Eddie The Rat

Negativland's anti-commercial dada stance inspires a manic anti-pop collage that turns contemporary electronica into fresh modes of satiric theatre. While it has its roots in late ’60s works like Zappa's Lumpy Gravy, Eddie the Rat's sonic inventions draw freely from commercial culture as diverse sound bites intersect with samples and spoof grooves like the mock drum & bass "Eyeballs" with its kazoo solo, or the parodic techno beats of "Samson & Denial." While not a dance record in any conventional sense, this audacious sonic montage draws freely from contemporary electronica and trance-dance idioms to drive home its subversive point. Eddie the Rat sounds very much like Firesign Theatre in the age of the infini-loop and the sampler. (Seeland)