Ten Thousand Dollars for a Music CD?

If Josh Freese‘s music exhibits as much creativity as his marketing, he should have a hit record on his hands.

Freese, who was part of Devo in a previous life, has just released a new album. While $10,000 might sound like a lot to pay for a copy of the CD, at that price he will also go on rides at Disneyland with you; and at the end of the day you get to have his Volvo station wagon. For $50, you get the CD and a five-minute phone call with Josh. Or you can just take the digital download alone for $7.

(Hat tip: Barry Ramsey. See Consumerist’s write-up here.)


Ten thousand dollars? Why, for that, I could get.... a single ticket the Jonas Brothers.



I think you got April Fooled Steven.


I never thought I'd see Josh Freese in a freakonomics blog!

One of the best drummers in the business. Love the Vandals.

C. Larity

I realize the joke here, but my joke is better: The only way anything from Devo is selling for $10,000 is if it's in Zimbabwean currency.


I second MikeG!

This is not an April Fools joke. Josh has done such a great job of promoting himself. Kudos to him!


Billy: The Consumerist/Wired articles about the album are from over a week ago (March 23/24).

Clarity: The $20,000 package (Minigolf with famous people) has supposedly been sold.


Finally some artists are figuring out how to get around the ancient record sales model in order to make money.

I have often proposed that concert venues auction off their tickets to remove the scalper prices and help enrich the actual artist.

Or give out fan loyalty points for actual items sold- cd's, shirts, books, dvds, etc which entitles the fan for increasing levels of access to concerts or to the artist depending on the loyalty points accrued.


It's not a joke - my friend got a call from him on Sunday, so he's serious about the $50 ones at the very least.


And econobiker, that might be a decent solution, but it does not solve U2's problem mentioned in the article. U2 intentionally set the price of a ticket below the maximum that they would have been able to charge as a gesture to their fans, but scalping ruined the effect of this move.

Such strategies aren't uncommon - a lot of events charge less than they are able to for their tickets for a variety of reasons.


Jill Sobule funded her latest album with a similar scheme:



I was sad to see that one of the things you get with the $10,000 CD is to "Go on Joe Escalante's Indie 103.1 radio show and talk about the package you just purchased. Maybe even play a few hot tracks."

Alas, Indie 103.1 is no more -- LA lost this great and interesting radio station a few months ago.

Ari Lestariono

What makes expensive due to research music and background, learning process takes time and dedication as well


Just a correction: Josh Freese has been Devo's drummer since the mid-1990s. In his current, not previous, life. Whether he's a full profit-sharing member or just the band's first-choice session/touring drummer, he's certainly been "part of Devo" for nearly a decade and a half.

Of course, to us Devo diehards, he's still "the new guy." Just like Ronnie Wood.


Correction: is still part of Devo.


David Horvitz, the tour manager for Xiu Xiu and photographer as well, has a similar pricing structure for his unique services.
"If you give me $1 I will sit in silence and think about you for one minute. I will send you an email when I start this, and I'll send you another email when I'm done."

"If you give me $1,626 I will go to the small Okinawan island called Taketomi and send you an envelope filled with star-sand (don't worry, I've been there before, I know where to go). I will send it from there."