The new Queens of the Stone Age album, “…Like Clockwork,” opened at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in June and is one of the best-selling vinyl albums of the year. It’s also selling like gangbusters on a USB flash drive.
Queens released a special edition of the album (with extras including a bottle opener!) on an 8-gigabyte flash drive in July. It quickly sold out and there no plans to make it anything more than a limited edition art piece.
Queens leader and part-time desert resident Josh Homme told me it was sort of an experiment.
“I just honestly have felt like the CD as a medium has been dead and it’s really time to put a nail in that coffin,” he said. “The fact of the matter is, music to a certain extent is free right now. If it’s your desire to get music for free, you can do that. So, instead of being the guy who’s like, ‘Get off of my lawn,’ I felt like the USB drive is the one thing that unites all – Mac, PC, it doesn’t matter. In the new cars they don’t have a CD player any more, but they have a USB drive port.”
The USB drive sold for $39.99 and was helped by a promotional video by Fred Armisen of “Portlandia” and “Saturday Night Live” hyping the product as a goofball infomercial salesman named Ricky Chism.
Watch for more of my long interview with Josh Sunday on mydesert.com.