A Big 10-8 Place

A Big 10-8 Place is Negativland's 3rd album, which is a concept album released in 1983. This was the first album with the involvement of band member Don Joyce. The album's title is a reference to the radio ten-code "10-8", which means "back in service" or "available for next call" in the context of common CB radio usage. The lyrics and collage sound clips on the album make frequent reference to the CB radio hobby, as well as mischief like jamming.

A Big 10-8 Place
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ReleasedOctober 1983 (1983-10)
Negativland chronology
A Big 10-8 Place
Over the Edge Vol. 1: JAMCON'84
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The original release had unusual packaging, and included a small plastic bag of lawn clippings (or mulch), a "No Other Possibility" bumper sticker, and a map of Contra Costa county, where the band originated. Contra Costa county is frequently mentioned on the track "180-G, a Big 10-8 Place, Pt. Two."

The album was re-released by Seeland Records, then with distribution from Mordam Records, in 1994. It was re-released again in 2007 by Seeland, packaged with a DVD release of No Other Possibility, Negativland's 1989 video release.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by David Wills/Richard Lyons/Ian Allen/Mark Hosler.

Side One
1."Theme from a Big Place"2:58
2."A Big 10-8 Place, Pt. One"13:22
3."Clowns and Ballerinas"1:34
Side Two
2."Four Fingers"3:05
3."180-G, a Big 10-8 Place, Pt. Two"15:49