Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2

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Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2
Fair Use Cover (Negativland).jpg
Studio album by Negativland
Released November, 1995
Recorded 1992, Summer - Fall 1994
Genre Experimental, plunderphonics
Length 1:12:22
Label Seeland (Seeland 013)
Producer Negativland
Negativland chronology
Over the Edge Vol. 7: Time Zones Exchange Project
Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2
Over the Edge Vol. 8: Sex Dirt
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2 is a 270 page book and ten track CD released in 1995 by Negativland detailing their lawsuits with U2's record label Island Records for their EP U2, including many legal documents and correspondences.

This book includes the text from the original magazine "The Letter U and the Numeral 2" which caused Negativland's record label SST Records to sue Negativland for publishing financial information on SST and the story of how they were being treated by SST.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Part One: Snuggles – 2:46
  2. Part Two: Keep Your Evenings Free – 4:20
  3. Part Three: Please Don't Sue Us – 4:01
  4. Part Four: Gimme The Mermaid – 4:30
  5. Part Five: It Ain't Legit – 4:29
  6. Part Six: You Must Respect Copyright – 2:30
  7. Part Seven: How Long Have You Been Waiting For U2? – 7:48
  8. Part Eight: A Nickel Per Fish Sandwich – 8:00
  9. Part Nine: Only a Sample – 8:02


Sources appearing on "Dead Dog Records":

Wise Guy, Casey Kasem, A Real Dog, The Shangri-La's, Usha Uthup, Wild Bill Hickock, Jingles P. Jones, Elizabeth Claire Prophet, David Ross, Big Daddy, The Edge, Paul McGuinness, The Chipmunks, Slim Whitman, Holger Hiller, Lightnin' Hopkins, Chumbawamba, Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones, James Gabbert, Ray Reinhardt, Scott Beach, Led Zeppelin, Jim Bohannon, Johann Strauss, Little Roger and the Goosebumps, Tom Waits, Marilyn Quayle, David Byrne, The Code, The Little Mermaid, Dean Martin, Danny O'Day and Farfel, Black Flag, The Weatherman, Byram Abbott, James Harrison, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Jeff Koons, The History of Radio, Nina Totenberg, 2 Live Crew, Roy Orbison, Alan M. Turk, Perez Prado, Brian Robertson, The Jerky Boys, Dan Lynch, Ewan Hughes, Merle Travis, U2, Art Rogers, The Pretenders, Stupidland, TM Productions, Rush Limbaugh, MTV Music Video Awards, B.P. Fallon, Zoo Radio Transmit, Mike Oldfield, Zoo T.V.(TV), Crime Photographer, Radioactive Goldfish, Art Rogers, Bob Basanich, Tibetan Monks, Bono, Taco Bell, Dana Carvey, Spy Plane Sound Effects Record, Larry King, Evolution Control Committee, Mark Hamill, Batman, George David Weis, Alan Durshewitz, Charles Ferris, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Spence, Xerox Technology, Brian Eno, Bing Crosby, Wendy Carlos, The Andrews Sisters, Dick Haymes, Ethel Merman and many original sounds made and played by Negativland.

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