Ongoing History Daily: Weird merch
Selling merch and swag has become a very important revenue stream for artists. Sure you can buy a t-shirt or sticker or pin, but some performers don’t want to be that boring.
- Eminem sold bricks taken from his demolished childhood home. Just $350—and you got a cassette of his Marshal Mathers LP.
- Back in 1991 when they released the Achtung Baby album, U2 offered a line of condoms.
- When Daft Punk released “Get Lucky,” they did the same thing: DP rubbers. Seems like a natural.
- The Flaming Lips once had a Christmas ornament in the shape of a fetus. It was silver and shiny.
- There was once a White Stripes sewing kit that came with peppermint swirl buttons.
- And Canadian EDM star Deadmau5 came out with a line of headphones for cats in 2012 in tribute to his cat, Professor Meowingtons.