More than two and a half hours long, this edited two-CD package (originally a cassette-only release for SST in 1990) combines what the band deems to be the choicest moments from those bygone days. It's one long, meandering stop-gap vanity project, all right, full of off-air surveys, sketches and crank phone calls that will provide hardcore fans an intermittently amusing souvenir from the mid-to-late Reagan years. You'll learn about Pat Boone's milk intake, hear award-winning "ear-witness" news updates and take your best shot during the celebrity-wives quiz. You'll experience "everything from p-corn to pop-nuts," if sportscaster Roy Storey ever gets his way. Meanwhile, Spanish-speaking sideman Enrico leads Dick through a junkyard of found-sound artifacts (with more audio stock than even Ed Wood could have used), including several old-timey radio adverts, preserved in their entirety for the ages.
By the time Negativland announces the death of Caveman's Ringo Starr, the entire farce feels as dated as a leisure suit, which is probably the point. Surprisingly, Over the Edge -- still the longest-running block of free-form radio in radio history -- soldiers into its eighteenth year. But if the job of a culture jammer is simply to rehash "moribundity" (loosely translated here to mean nostalgic stagnation), then let the buyer beware. At least the proceeds will go toward the band's fair-use defense fund.