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Rock 'til You Drop... Then Rock Some More

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Rock music has always romanticized the "Live Fast, Die Young" aesthetic. The unhinged tours, the tumultuous studio sessions, the after party black outs -- all leading to an abrupt and premature end. Countless rockers burned out before they could fade away, but their music stands in stark contrast. Timeless hits -- as good as they were when you first heard them -- carry the legends long after they're buried, reminding fans that we've lost some talented folks far too soon.

But why should musicians with actual talent and ability reap all the rewards of a posthumous record? What if you're some schmo from Cincinnati who really likes Slayer? Why couldn't he leave behind an album he's poured his heart and soul into?

Well, a UK company called And Vinyly is making that happen. Literally.

Rather than storing your cremated remains on a mantle in a stodgy vase or scattering them over a sea that you've visited once, And Vinyly will press your ashes into a vinyl album with a recording of your choice. Founded by Jason Leach -- techno artist and son of a funeral director -- the company approaches its business with a tongue in cheek attitude, but according to its site, "all our services are carried out with the upmost [sic] respect & care."

The £2,000 package includes up to 30 discs which are sprinkled with your remains before they're pressed -- thereby crushing and embedding your ashes into the album. The selected recording can't be longer than 24 minutes (12 minutes for each side) with the choice of including a predetermined backing track for £250 or a full song from their musical catalog for £500. The deceased can also have their postmortem record "distributed through reputable vinyl stores worldwide" for £1,000 and book a rock heavy funeral by And Vinyly members for £10,000.

Sorry, pets and cremated limbs fetch the same price as a full body.

This mode of final rest certainly would brighten up a family wake, but here's hoping band members give the option some thought before another potential "Day the Music Died" incident. Perhaps individual recordings that can be played simultaneously, Flaming Lips' Zaireeka-style.

Animitronic lookalikes optional.
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