A Big 10-8 Place

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A Big 10-8 Place
Studio album by Negativland
Released October 1983
Recorded 1982-1983
Genre Experimental/Sound collage/Alternative
Length 37:37
Label Seeland
Producer Negativland
Negativland chronology
Points
(1981)
A Big 10-8 Place
(1983)
Over the Edge Vol. 1: JAMCON'84
(1985)
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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.

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 listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by David Wills/Richard Lyons/Ian Allen/Mark Hosler

Side One
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
1. "Introduction"   0:49
2. "Four Fingers"   3:05
3. "180-G, a Big 10-8 Place, Pt. Two"   15:49