About Our Site
“We were honoured to be selected.” – Dave Schneider, The Zambonis
“A great resource in these dark times of auto-tuned puppets!” – Mike Langlie, Twink
“One of the best pieces ever written on us.” – The Tiger Lillies
“I love what you do!” – Andrew W.K.
“Yall make we warm in da nay nay.” – Christeene
“Get yourself over to The Weirdest Band in the World website and have a random rummage round their joyous trove of jewels.” – The Rake & Herald
“Bloggers Andy and Jake write about bands both successful and obscure, whether metal, jazz, hip-hop, or whatever other genre, always with an unflagging appreciation for what makes these bands unique, and with none of the snark and jeering that often laces articles elsewhere about people doing weird things.” – Rahul Narain, Metafilter
“An appropriately named site.” – Brendan Francis Newnam, radio host
As heard on public radio’s The Dinner Party.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: So what’s this blog about, anyway?
A: It’s about bands that are weird. Weird bands, if you will. That about sums it up, really.
Q: What do you mean by “weird”?
A: “Weird” is a highly subjective term. It could mean anything from playing atonal noise on homemade instruments to singing in a made-up language to basing your entire band on a concept so obscure and/or stupid that no one gets it except you and your 10 fans. But those are just some of the more obvious examples; “weird” could be anything, really. It’s like what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said about pornography: “I know it when I see it.”
Q: “The Residents”? “Little Women”? Those don’t sound very weird to me.
A: We’re talking about weird bands here…not weird band names, which are ultimately way less interesting and have been discussed extensively elsewhere. If you’re really into weird band names, knock yourself out and go check out this site. Or this one. Or especially this one. You’re welcome.
Q: There are a bunch of bands on here. Why isn’t it called The Weirdest Bands in the World? You know, bands, plural, indicating many.
A: The idea is that you, our dear readers (yes, even you, smart-ass), get to vote on which band you think is the weirdest. We just put them out there; it’s up to you to decide who gets the title, The Weirdest Band in the World.
Q: What are you talking about, voting? I don’t see any polls on here.
A: For now, we rank the bands based on page views, as tallied periodically on The Weird 100 List. You vote with your clicks. We also do actual polls occasionally; you can see the latest one, along with past polls, here.
Q: So at what point do you declare, “We hereby name this band The Weirdest Band in the World”?
A: Never, really. The title of The Weirdest Band in the World is sort of the like the title Heavyweight Champion of the World; nobody gets to keep it forever. Eventually somebody weirder comes along and takes it away from you. It’s a neverending process.
Q: I know a really weird band that I don’t see listed here. Can I submit them?
A: Absolutely. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment on the Submit a Band page. We won’t post about every band you suggest (some of them may just not be weird enough), but we’re always on the lookout for more weirdness.
Q: Why does The Weird List include popular bands like The Flaming Lips and Primus but leave out [Name Of Other Weird Band Everyone’s Already Heard Of]? What the hell is wrong with you people?
The list is a work in progress; we only add one new band to it every week. If all we ever added were the obvious choices, that wouldn’t be much fun, would it? So we try to save the bigger names for special occasions. It keeps the kids coming back for more. And as an added bonus, it pisses off people like you.
Q: Are we talking only current bands? What about bands that no longer exist?
A: The present moment has no monopoly on weirdness. You can suggest bands from any era. Just tell us what made them weird.
Q: Your website totally rules and I want to do everything I can to support it. Where can I send money?
A: For the moment, nowhere. You can, however, click any clearly marked Amazon.com link anywhere on the site and buy one of the many awesome releases from the many awesome bands we feature. We’re an Amazon Associates site, which means we get a small referral fee for every purchase we help send their way. (For more on how Amazon Associates works, go here.)
Know a weird band that should be featured on this site? Email us as email@example.com, post a comment, or hit us up on Twitter at @weirdestband. We love your feedback! Sometimes we even read it.
Andy & Jake
P.S. The photo in our header is of the band of Montreal (lowercase “of,” please), who are definitely pretty weird. It was taken by an excellent photographer named Ryan Muir, who’s a little weird himself…but only in a good way. Visit www.ryanmuir.com to see more of his awesome work.
P.P.S. That nifty double-neck guitar “W” logo was designed by Treiops Treyfid, who is also awesome.
P.P.P.S. We try to come about all of our content through legitimate channels, but if you are a rights-holder to anything on our site that you believe shouldn’t be here, please let us know and we’ll take it down.
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