The ten most noteworthy music publicity stunts

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Sometimes flawless technique, inspired lyrics and a devoted fan base aren't enough. Sometimes you've gotta do something outlandish to step up your game and grab the world's attention. Some would say that getting on a stage and saying, "Hey! Watch what I'm doing!" might be considered attention-seeking behavior, but certain musicians take it to a whole new level. Whether for the sake of art, to go down in history or to sell as many records as possible, they devise feats of daring that most of us wouldn't dream.

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10. Fall Out Boy almost play Antarctica
In an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only band to play on all seven continents in less than nine months, Fall Out Boy scheduled a gig in the gymnasium of an Antarctic science station. Alas, the show had to be canceled at the last minute due to inclement weather.

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9. Prince changes his name to something
Prince is known for essentially being the Wizard of Oz -- living in a magical city somewhere in Minnesota, dressing in royal finery and commanding various minions to turn his slightest whim into gorgeous reality. In 1993, he attempted to emancipate himself from the bonds of mortal life -- and a contract with Warner Bros. -- by changing his name to an icon known only as the Love Symbol. The fact that the symbol had no verbal equivalent didn't seem to matter to He Who Can't Be Named. Egomania is a universal language.

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8. Gang of Four sell their blood
To raise money for the production of their 2011 album Content, post-punk godfathers Gang of Four offered vials of their own blood to those willing to donate. Presumably, they hoped that amateur scientists would use their genetic material to engineer a race of acutely political supermen to guide our troubled world into a new age of social enlightenment. Other rewards included drawings of world history by the band, and a scratch-n-sniff book. Apparently, they hoped to test the market for their upcoming children's publication My First Manifesto.


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Brett Schreiber
Brett Schreiber

it's sad that these types of articles NEVER mention the best one: the "helter stupid" scam perpetuated by negativland in 1988. from wikipedia: In February 1988, a 16-year-old from Rochester, Minnesota named David Brom murdered his entire immediate family (both parents, a brother, and a sister) with an axe. When Negativland was forced to cancel a planned tour in support of their album Escape from Noise for financial reasons, the band issued a press release claiming that they had been "advised by Federal Official Dick Jordan not to leave town pending an investigation into the Brom murders." The press release implied that Brom had listened to Negativland's song "Christianity Is Stupid" before the fatal quarrel with his religious parents. In reality, there was no official named "Dick Jordan", and Brom did not possess any Negativland music. The murder investigation later discovered that he was on SST's mailing lists, but he only owned "Zen Arcade" by SST band Hüsker Dü. Nevertheless, pundits and journalists took the press release at face value, and the hoax received widespread media coverage. Negativland encouraged the spread of the story by steadfastly refusing further comment, supposedly on the advice of their attorney "Hal Stakke", another fictional person invented by the band. Much of this media coverage was negative, and band member Richard Lyons' home in Oakland, California was pelted with rocks by an unknown vandal. Negativland subsequently used samples from the media frenzy in their 1989 album Helter Stupid.

Shayne Morgan
Shayne Morgan

By pouring a vial of blood into the ink to print their comic books...selling the comic books, thus selling their blood. :-D

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