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British man expresses hate for Nickelback with crowdfunding campaign

posted Oct 8, 2014, 12:57 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 12:57 AM ]
Crowdfunding campaigns have launched innovative technology, cared for abused animals and made a lot of potato salad and now the fundraising platform is being applied to a truly noble cause: keeping Nickelback away. Far, far away.

A British man named Craig Mandell has started a Tilt campaign somewhat-cleverly titled “Don’t Let Nickel Back” to keep the Canadian “rock band” out of London. Like many other people with functioning auditory systems, Mandell takes issue with the inexplicable lack of quality in the band’s curiously popular music.

The campaign was inspired by another crowdfunding effort to bring the Foo Fighters to Richmond, Virginia. After seeing that campaign’s success, Mandell is hoping he can use the platform to achieve the opposite result.

“In a similar vein, we are attempting to ensure that Canadian ‘rockers’ Nickelback do not come to London, England to play a gig. With your help, we can ensure that the band do not schedule any gigs here, do not attempt to come here — nor even phone here,” wrote Mandell.

As he explains it in the frequently asked questions section:

Q. What’s wrong with Nickelback?

A. Go listen to them.

If you are fortunate enough to not be familiar with Nickelback’s “work,” here’s a sample of the lyrics from their new single “What are you waiting for:”

You know you gotta give it your all
And don’t you be afraid if you fall
You only living one so tell me?
What are you, what are you waiting for?

These are grown men, for chrissake.

Forty-two backers have contributed $189 to the effort so far, with “perks” including an email sent on your behalf to Nickelback’s management for $1. For $5, Mandell will send a “slightly more forceful email.” For $50 he’ll send an email to Nickelback with an attached mp3 of their own music in the hopes that they’ll have a moment of self-realization and cease creating music.

Of course, none of those perks really require money so you’d be better off sending your own email to Nickelback and pocketing the cash. Mandell said he’ll donate all fundraised to charity, or “perhaps therapy for those who’ve been affected by the band.”

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