Private Function’s ‘Mystery Bags’ vinyl: Is this one of the cheekiest acts in music history?

Private Function’s ‘Mystery Bags’ vinyl: Is this one of the cheekiest acts in music history?

Image by Zo Damage
Words by Tom Parker

Cheeky boys.

Private Function do things their own way. Having welcomed punk lovers from across the globe into their mischief-making domain, the band have become known as one of music’s most riotous live acts shredding stages apart with their visceral energy and tenacity.

They are also super cheeky. When revealing the news of their new album, Whose Line Is It Anyway, they revealed the artwork for the record to be the classic $5 note trick which we’re all aware of once we’ve seen it. You can get a better indication of it here.

Without giving away anymore details about the album, the band opened pre-orders for a ‘Mystery Bags’ run of vinyl. This was the elusive third option for listeners who salivated at the thought of a complete lucky dip. Punters were otherwise offered a ‘Five Dollar Note’ version with a pink and purple marble hue or the ‘Speed Bumps’ variety – a clear record with white splatter (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

Today, the band revealed what exactly the ‘Mystery Bags’ vinyl entailed and it’s one of the cheekiest acts of creative tomfoolery we’ve ever come across. The vinyl comes pressed with some nondescript clear bags containing what appears to be a white powder, the exact nature of which is unknown at this stage.

In the past, Private Function let their listeners in on the secret when they did a run of t-shirts bearing some risque dialogue. And they weren’t beating around the bush. They then took the money earned from that venture and put it towards the creation of the now-infamous ‘Mystery Bags’ vinyl.

The ‘Mystery Bags’ pre-sales sold out in five minutes without punters even knowing what they were getting. 2020 hey?!

Check it out for yourself below.

Private Function’s new album, Whose Line Is It Anyway, is out Friday August 28 via Damaged/Caroline Australia. Pre-order the record here.

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