There’s a not-so-sweet surprise in this package from Negativland.
Negativland is offering a rather strange deal in honor of their latest album, The Chopping Channel. Fans of the San Francisco Bay Area band will receive a portion of the group’s deceased member, Don Joyce. 2 grams, in fact, in a plastic bag, along with a sticker of authenticity.
Joyce passed away last year at age 71 from heart failure.
A statement on Boing Boing explains the motivation behind the band’s strange decision.
“In keeping with the album’s theme, and while supplies last, each mail order copy of this new project comes with two very unique extra items: two grams of the actual cremains, or ashes, of deceased Negativland member Don Joyce, and one of Don’s handmade audio tape loop “carts” used in the creation of Over The Edge and Negativland live performances between 1981 and 2015.
This is not a hoax. We’ve decided to take the Chopping Channel concept to its logical conclusion by “productizing” an actual band member. It is also a celebration of the degree to which no idea in art was ever off-limits to Don, and offers a literal piece of him, and of his audio art, for the listener to repurpose and reuse.”
Demand for the latest album is high. So high, in fact, that they have run out of Don Joyce’s remains to give away.
They can no longer guarantee a portion Don Joyce’s remains.
Negativland isn’t the first group to offer the remains of a deceased band member. During a memorial tribute tour for their late drummer, Charlie Gocher, Sun City Girls tossed some of the remains into the audience every night.
Negativland saw two band members pass away. Richard Lyons at 57, and Ian Allen, 56. However, they were not included in The Chopping Channel since they weren’t current members. Prior to passing away, Joyce was working with the band for the album. Negativland wrote on Boing Boing,