“Black Helicopters” is probably Non Phixion’s most iconic song – it’s so popular that it was released officially 4 different times. Technically, the first time it was released was on The Past, The Present And The Future Is Now, but I held off on putting it up till now because I wanted to focus on it’s 12 inch incarnation on Matador, released March 7th, 2000. It was also released again as a single on Uncle Howie in 2004 and on NP’s debut album The Future is Now in 2002.
The highly memorable cover art (as well as the Non Phixion logo itself) was designed by Canadian Metal drummer “Away” from the thrash band Voivod, who also designed Voivod’s logo.
See the resemblance?
The single was engineered by Howie Weinberg, who had also worked with Kurtis Blow, Herbie Hancock, and The Clash on “Rock The Casbah.” It was recorded at Area 51 and No Mystery Studios by previous NP affiliate 10K. The track was produced by Necro, sampling “Yu No Machi Elegy” by Misora Hibari.
Some people are confused by the reference to “black helicopters in the sky.” Black helicopters are an aerial phenomenon commonly reported in conjunction with UFO sightings. In the 60’s and 70’s, cattle ranchers reported seeing unmarked black helicopters in the skies after cattle mutilations. UFO scholars are also reportedly harassed by these phantom-like airships on a frequent basis.
Here’s a video of black helicopter phenomena:
And finally, Physicists, I give you:
Keep your third eyes open for a lot of stuff in the next few days here on Physics.