“You can’t just walk in with a big banana and expect everything to be peaches.”
So, it turns out Private Function weren’t talking shit when they claimed that one the scratch-off covers housing their recent third album, 370HSSV 0773H, would offer one lucky fan a suite of mouth-watering* prizes – they’ve officially announced that someone has indeed hit the jackpot.
The Naarm/Melbourne punks first shared word of the album back in January, when they revealed that because its cover “promotes” gambling, they’d be barred from selling it in South Australia. Alas, just a few days after they raised a stink about it in the official announcement for 370HSSV 0773H, Private Function celebrated victory when they were granted an exemption to make it available to their SA-based fans.
The hook with 370HSSV 0773H is that its cover art features three grey panels that can be scratched off to reveal iconic Australian landmarks. Each copy had a different arrangement, and if yours happened to include three Big Bananas, you’d win $2,999 in prize money and a signed test pressing of the album – as well as the opportunity to have your face on the cover of every subsequent pressing.
As the band revealed on Instagram overnight, the lucky winner has finally been crowned, two-and-a-half months after 370HSSV 0773H arrived on March 31. The prize was taken out by a legend named Mitch, who works with the RSPCA, and said of his monumental win: “You can’t just walk in with a big banana and expect everything to be peaches. Cheers to Private Function for coming up with this competition and another awesome record. PF STILL ON TOP.”
The band themselves also championed Mitch in an Instagram post, encouraging their fans to celebrate with him by commenting “HELLO ASSHOLE”. They joked: “We really didn’t want anyone to win so we could buy $2999 worth of beer [sad emoji]. Thanks for playing along with our dumb idea y’all, it was alotta fun. Love yas.”
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Days before 370HSSV 0773H was release, Private Function revealed another world-first for its physical release: the first-ever urine-filled vinyl. Shockingly, all 50 copies sold out resoundingly fast.
In an interview with TheMusic, drummer Aidan McDonald said of the band’s ambitions for 370HSSV 0773H: “This one, it’s unlike any other record, I reckon. We’re doing it all ourselves this time, we're assembling it ourselves, we had to figure out a way to get a scratchie on the record, we had to figure out a way to save up the money and blah, blah, blah.
“Everything has kind of all been like a million different ingredients that have all kind of come together. And now me and Chris are staring at the hamburger that is this record, and to be honest with you, I can't wait to eat it.”