Futile (yet worthy) markets in everything

by on October 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm in Music | Permalink

If someone doesn't like a band or artist, they would usually just ignore their music, but James Burns hates Weezer so much he's willing to raise millions to get them to hang it up for good. Seattle native Burns launched an online fundraiser to collect $10 million in hopes of sending Weezer to early retirement, The Stranger reports.

Despite only raising $12 to this point, Burns' plea to Weezer isn't so much about his own feelings for the band but rather the anguish the group causes his friends who keep waiting for the band to produce a monumental album like 'Pinkerton' and their debut, the so-called 'Blue Album.'

"This isn't about me. This is about Weezer fans," Burns wrote on the website. "This is an abusive relationship, and it needs to stop now. I am tired of my friends being disappointed year after year."

Patrick Wilson, drummer for Weezer, played along and responded on Twitter asking Burns to raise the stakes.

"If they can make it to 20, we'll do the 'deluxe breakup!'" Wilson tweeted.

The Stranger then interviewed Burns, and he says he's willing to stick out for the long haul until he raises the money. As for the angry fans attacking Burns, he doesn't mind them so much.

"I am not afraid of Weezer fans," Burns said. "I can take it. Besides, I'm doing this mostly for them."

For the pointer I thank Michael Greenspan.

David October 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

Awesome post.

"I would be willing to run to the ATM and pull out $100 of my own money to end Attack Attack!"

Jay October 17, 2010 at 10:28 am

How about a fundraiser to get Paul Krugman to stop writing political science drivel?

That would garner lots of support.

peter October 17, 2010 at 11:41 am
dirk October 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Here's your problem: rock musicians will never write much inspired music past the age of 40. Even though we live in a world where we are used to bands like The Rolling Stones continuing to roll… their last decently inspired original album was Tattoo You in 1981 when Mick Jagger was 38 years old. The main dude in Weezer is already 40. Their Exile on Main Street is behind them, like any other old band.

subdee October 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I think the economic lesson we learn from Weezer is that rock bands who manage to win over a slightly nerdy audience – the kind of audience that thought it was too nerdy for music fandom, until a group like Weezer came along and made it feel welcome – hit GOLD, because that audience will never, ever abandon its favorite bands, no matter how much those bands fail to live up to their potential.

Fans of "cool" bands are fickle, and will find new music to listen to if they feel a band has become bad, uncool, or boring. But the nerds, man: speak to them in their language, and they're yours forever.

Jim October 18, 2010 at 3:34 am

I have no doubt that Obama would be willing to fake a smoking-related illness and resign for $20 million.

Talk about a tremendous investment. We could easily raise a thousand times that.

bjk October 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Weezer's problem is that it lost the bassist, Matt Sharp . . . He was the sensitive one. Cuomo is the gimmicky anthem writer. But Pork and Beans from the latest album was one of the best Weezer songs. Probably a reject from an earlier album.

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