Published Oct 05, 2010It's pretty much a universal opinion that the modern-day version of Weezer doesn't come close to what the band once were during their '90s heyday. Even the group have all but admitted this, rolling out a Pinkerton reissue and "Memories" tour instead of promoting their latest album, Hurley. Still, some can't merely ignore the present Weezer and let them continue with their tasteless onslaught of new music. Seattle resident James Burns, for example, has started a fundraising campaign to rid the earth of Rivers Cuomo and the gang.
Burns is attempting to raise $10 million via the fundraising website the Point. The Stranger points to an incredible statement from Burns which reads:
I have never been a fan of this band. I think that they are pretty much horrible, and always have been. Even in the early 90's.
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."
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.
Despite the fact that you won't be charged unless the goal number is actually reached, only $18 has been raised as of press time. And even if the ten million bucks did surface, there's no guarantee it would be enough to stop Weezer from forging on. Either way, read about the campaign and pitch in your share here.