Six Nerdy Groups With Intolerable Fans

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Surfer Blood. Vampire Weekend. Imagine Dragons. Bowling for Soup. Slightly Stoopid. I've ignored every single one of these bands for one reason and one reason alone: terrible band names. In this culture, we have so many things competing for our attention at all times that your brain naturally has an override mechanism that steps in and sorts things out. You'll ignore an advertisement for something you actually want because it's the wrong color scheme. Or ignore a band over something as trivial as its name. Or, in some cases, on account of its intolerable fans.

That band might be great, but the dorks that preach its gospel are so off-putting it makes it impossible to give the actual music a chance. The following six bands are nerdy in their own separate ways, but there is one unifying theme between all of them: their intolerable fans.

6. Anything Related to Mike Patton

Mike Patton is a cool, handsome, talented Renaissance man. He co-runs the fantastic Ipecac Records and has collaborated across numerous genres with myriad offbeat projects. In his earlier years, he made his name fronting two extremely influential bands -- Faith No More and Mr. Bungle. That influence on music is precisely what sends his fans crashing into the middle of this list.

Mike Patton fans are constantly reassured through their rock god that manic genre-straddling is an acceptable way to make music. An incalculable number of bands have been forged with the lofty goal of fusing jazz, death metal and dance music. But nine out of ten times the output is the same as mixing together every ingredient in your kitchen -- distinctive, boundary-pushing, festering garbage.

A secondary concern with Mike Patton fans is their grating insistence that he's some sort of unknown and underappreciated legend. Listening to music made by a guy who toured with the likes of Robert Plant, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N' Roses does not make you a member of some hermetic society of special geniuses.

5. Ween

The members of Ween are wildly talented and their music fascinatingly strange. Unfortunately, they suffer greatly from one thing: the band's crazed fans, hell-bent on taking every opportunity possible to get you understand that Ween is best band in the world. The consequence is that the mere mention of the prolific Pennsylvanians causes the world to slam their ears shut, ignoring them further. Curiously, the only individuals I know who have ever smoked the mysterious and elusive drug DMT were all huge Ween fans as well -- possibly a coping mechanism to the years of twisting and contortion from being a Gene and Dean Ween devotee.



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59 comments
Matt Ragsdale
Matt Ragsdale

I've read this one before, still one of the stupidest stories rft has put their hands in.

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

Wow, an article bashing Lincoln Park, what a genius to think of such an original, clever idea.

Keith Woods
Keith Woods

What's really annoying is the lack of imagination of writers who always employ the adjective "quirky" in reference to They Might Be Giants. Is there some Band Adjective Handbook that music writers keep on their desk with bands listed along with prefab phrases about them for lazy writers? How old are you anyway? Do you know anything about TMBG at all? A few good songs? How about a body of magnificent work?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

if obama was a band, he would be on this list. uggghhhh. shut uuuup. he's not jesus.

Johnny Eggerman
Johnny Eggerman

No, I've done DMT and I'm not a Ween Fan, don't drag DMT's name through the mud.

MarxMarvelous
MarxMarvelous

"Curiously, the only individuals I know who have ever smoked the mysterious and elusive drug DMT were all huge Ween fans as well"

Really, In know a ton of people who have smoked DMT and 1 is a Ween fan. And it isn't mysterious and elusive as any other drug. It's widely available.

MarxMarvelous
MarxMarvelous

So #6 on a 6 part list is right in the middle of the list eh?

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

Love ween, mike Patton, and they might be giants... And I'm pretty sure you would never have guessed let alone been irritated by it.

perock
perock topcommenter

With 4 and 3 you didnt really mention the fans amd more just ripped into the bands and how the hell is coheed not on here? Coheed has the most annoying fans out there and their lead singer has a comic book so you know they're nerdy. But seriously I tried to get into them once and stopped because their fans were so annoying. If you just say "yeah coheeds pretty good" they jump down your throat about how they're the best band ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (That many explenation points were necessary to show how much they get in your face... still wasnt enough)

mordierleft
mordierleft

That is some rude shit to say about Ween fans.


Bit me.

jdoncbus
jdoncbus

A list of nerd fan bases and not one jam band listed? Sorry Drew, your list obviously shows you to be a indie rock bag or some jam band nerdlinger. Phish? Quite possibly the most annoying fan base outside of the legions of Grateful Dead trust funders. String Cheese Incident? My god, where do I start with this band. Dave Matthews Band? Jesus Christ, should be the official band of frat boys. You point out Ween and drug use and just overlook every white kid with dreadlocks running around screaming about "kick downs to get downs" and "going on tour" with  <insert jam band name>. The entire genre of jam bands was built upon drugs. Seriously Drew, your list sucks on ice. 

Dori Knight
Dori Knight

ICP, Marilyn Manson, and Metallica. We are talking about annoying fans right? Not annoying bands. Oh yeah and Gaga fans are insane and Justin Beiber of course are retards.

Andy Knight
Andy Knight

Six Gimmicks That Drew Ailes Uses To Pay Rent

John Lupia
John Lupia

This author has some serious anger issues with bands fans. Isnt this the same author who didnt even listen to The Clash based on its fans? He must have been assaulted at a music festival ir something in that realm.

Dan Hall
Dan Hall

Pretty sure this is the funniest thing I've read all week :)

decadepasts
decadepasts

Oh yea Patton fans are so obnoxious hahahaha This guy has never heard of Justin Bieber apparently. 


John Null
John Null

And "The Big Bang Theory" fans.

John Null
John Null

If you do one of these for TV series, make sure to mention Doctor Who fans.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

RFT is getting really good at publishing stupid articles.

JJ Murphy
JJ Murphy

Ween is annoying as well as their fans. Great article. I agree.

Terry Blastenbrei
Terry Blastenbrei

Actually, what I think is more annoying is reading Drew Ailes articles. I'm not sure why I do and I really need to stop.

Matt Ferch
Matt Ferch

I think you missed a lot of bands. This could be a weekly column! :-)

DrunkenDeutchman
DrunkenDeutchman

I'm actually quite surprised that Juggalos didn't make this list. Talented though some of those bands may be, their fans are both crazy, and quite annoying! Just saying

Joshua Steinmetz
Joshua Steinmetz

You nailed it. If you're going to write a flame piece about annoying fanbases make sure those bands are still relevant or touring. I find the most insufferable fanboys/girls are the ones that put on kandi, fluffies, and douchey t-shirts with douchey words on them and listen to artists like Deadmau5, Bassnector, or Skrillex.

Deke Kumler
Deke Kumler

forgot those asshole Phish and Dead fans.

Robert Schowengerdt
Robert Schowengerdt

That article feels like it was writen ten years ago. There has to be new and interesting bands to complain about.

Aidan Hoffner Schroeder
Aidan Hoffner Schroeder

Yep. It's that hard-hitting journalism the RFT is known for. It takes a lot of talent and life experience to trash a band based on their fans. I eagerly await the next installment this dude writes in his room in his parents' basement.

Angie Maniaci
Angie Maniaci

the only time I have ever felt like I was in a crowd that was about to riot was at a festival at Riverport right after TMBG played. unreal.

perock
perock topcommenter

Please keep it to the new ones. Those of us whove been into it since child hood spent decades being quiet and reserve

scarlet_begonias81
scarlet_begonias81

@DrunkenDeutchman  lol while i hate juggalos just as much as anyone else, i think he was  mainly speaking of those "meant to be obscure but i like them because i want to be cool original and trendy" kind of bands. lol  being a juggalo isnt trendy  lol 

t.huiras
t.huiras

@Robert Schowengerdt   Hate to say, half of these bands are 20 years old….


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