Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Campaign to get Weezer to Quit

Seattle resident James Burns is trying to raise $10 million to give to Weezer in exchange for them to break up the band.

From the story –
"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 added, "This is an abusive relationship, and it needs to stop now."

Whether Weezer will go for it is another matter. Rivers Cuomo seems determined to keep the band going, with a compilation of Weezer's unreleased material due to be released in November.

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Weezer have responded to the plan, with drummer Patrick Wilson, tongue firmly in cheek, saying on Twitter: "If they can make it 20 [million], we'll do the "deluxe breakup"!"

Burns has got his financials worked out: "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."

At the moment, the campaign stands $9,999,840 (£628,900) away from being successful. Money will only be taken from those who pledge if it reaches its target.
This is really kind of silly and I honestly can’t imagine hating a band so much as to try to raise money to get them to stop making records. Besides, at least one review of the band’s new album is really positive. And while I personally consider myself one of the Blue Album/Pinkerton type fans, I have found at least one song on each Weezer record that I liked (if not liked a lot).

But more than anything else, think of all the good that $10 million could do, so why waste it on trying to get someone to quit their job?

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