San Francisco, 1987. Eddie and Mitch, two young punks from the Midwest move into a bright pink apartment building. They’re alarmed to discover that their aging neighbours are insane. Flamboyant homosexual Peter Haskett shares a flat with raging homophobic Raymond Huffman, and when the alcohol starts flowing, so do the insults. In fact their screaming matches are so loud, so invective- fuelled and so repeated that Eddie and Mitch begin to make audio recordings of them – after all they might need them for the police. They certainly need them for their own entertainment, and are soon inviting friends around to listen. In the 1990s the tapes became a viral audio sensation with a cult following. As the recordings become more notorious, Eddie and Mitch find themselves in thorny territory – do these tapes made without permission constitute ‘art’? Matthew Bate explores the blurring boundaries between privacy, art and exploitation.