Back in 1992 when sampling was still young, Negativland, a bunch of experimental pranksters from the San Francisco area, decided to “cover” (that’s what they say they did) U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” They did, however, take a few, um, liberties with their version.
This greatly pissed off U2’s label, Island Records, and there was a big lawsuit which saw most of the copies of the Negativland track pulled and destroyed. I have on my shelf a book called Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2 which documents the court fight.
But that was before the Internet, of course, and the track is easy to find. And now with the death of Casey Kasem (if you listened to the track above, you’ll know why this next bit is relevant), Negativland has released a series of stems so that anyone can remix their “cover.” From their press release: