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Controversial band’s new album will include ashes from dead member

This ought to be a collector's item.

 

Austin Powell

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Published Oct 18, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 6:52 pm CDT

Twenty-five years after famously trolling U2, Negativland still knows how to court controversy. 

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The pioneering experimental band’s new album, The Chopping Channel will feature two grams of the cremated remains of Don Joyce for as long as “supplies last.” Joyce, a former member of the band who coined the term “culture jamming,” died of heart failure no July 22, 2015. He was 71. 

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“Thank you for reading about all of our deaths over the past year and a half!” the band wrote in an official statement

“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. We are pretty sure he would have wanted it this way.” 

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The Chopping Channel is the ninth installment in Negativland’s ongoing series of albums remixed from the band’s longstanding radio show, Over the Edge, which Joyce was an integral part of.

I have a feeling it’s going to be a collector’s item. 

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*First Published: Oct 18, 2016, 3:22 pm CDT