And Finally

Online campaign aims to shut up Weezer

By | Published on Wednesday 6 October 2010

A guy from Seattle has set up an online campaign to raise $10 million which, he reckons, will be enough to convince Weezer to never make another record ever again.

James Burns admits that he’s never had much time for the American indie band, but says that he has lots of friend who are fans but who, he claims, are consistently disappointed with each new Weezer release, none of which ever live up to the band’s seminal 1996 album ‘Pinkerton’.

He writes on the money raising site: “I have never been a fan of this band. I think that they are pretty much horrible, and always have been. But this isn’t about me. This is about the Weezer fans. They are our brothers and sisters, our friends, our lovers. Every year, Rivers Cuomo swears that he’s changed, and that their new album is the best thing that he’s done since ‘Pinkerton’, and what happens? Another pile of crap like ‘Beverly Hills’ or ‘I’m Your Daddy'”.

He continues: “This is an abusive relationship, and it needs to stop now. I am tired of my friends being disappointed year after year. I am tired of endless whimsical cutesy album covers and music videos. I’m sick of hearing about whatever this terrible (and yes, even if you like the early stuff, you should be able to admit that they are wretched now) excuse for a band is up to these days. If all 852,000 of you (really?) who bought ‘Pinkerton’ pitch in $12, we will meet our goal. I beg you, Weezer. Take our money and disappear”.

While I think it’s pretty uncontroversial to say Weezer aren’t quite the band they were fifteen years ago, it seems few actually want Cuomo and co to bugger off completely. Despite mounting media coverage for his campaign, Burns is still $9,999,840 off from achieving his target. Though that’s possibly because even if he did, who’s to say the Weezer boys would be willing to take early retirement even for ten mill?

But if you do want to pledge your support for the shut up Weezer campaign, here’s the link.