We had a good run, but it’s time to turn out the lights. Here’s a parting statement from our founder, Andy:
Ten years ago I started a blog called Weirdest Band in the World. Today, with some sadness but also a feeling of relief, I’m pulling the plug on that blog. In the next 24 hours, Weirdest Band will cease to exist.
In a way, it took half the blog’s lifespan to come to this decision. For the past five years, as my regular readers (if there are any left) know all too well, I’ve only added new content to Weirdest Band in fits and starts. Eventually, I had to admit to myself that this wasn’t because I was too busy — it was because, for me, the blog had simply run its course. I’m a very different person now than I was when I created Weirdest Band on little more than a whim in 2009. At the time, it scratched an itch that wasn’t getting scratched in my professional writing career. But a lot has changed since then, and that itch just isn’t there anymore. There are other, newer projects about which I’m far more excited, and they deserve my undivided attention.
I will forever be grateful for Weirdest Band’s success, modest though it was. Its readership never numbered more than a few thousand at any given time, but those few thousand (you know who you are) turned me onto more innovative, mind-blowing music than I ever could have discovered on my own. Weirdest Band became not just a blog, but a community. Artists even found each other and collaborated through Weirdest Band. That’s the part I’ll always be proudest of.
So to everyone who ever read and supported Weirdest Band in the World, thank you. I hope it brought you a few moments of joy and helped make your music collection a little weirder.
If you want to keep in touch, or keep an eye out for my future projects (which, fair warning, will likely involve little to no weird music), feel free to email me at andyLAeditor@gmail.com, or follow me on Twitter or Instagram via the handle @andyhermannla. And thanks again for reading!
And now, we’ll sign off with a beautiful song from one of the many, many great weird artists we never quite got around to including on the Weird List. Consider this your reminder that, while Weirdest Band in the World may be no more, the universe of weird, unique music is still out there. Have fun exploring it.