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If you go to a concert, chances are you’ll hear the band say, “We have the greatest fans in the world.” And they’re not lying, but they’re usually wrong.

Bands don’t get to choose their fans, and there are some great artists with really obnoxious fans, which is reflected back onto the artist. Your existing fanbase can alienate potential future fans. People may like Dave Matthews’s music but don’t want to be perceived as a Dave Matthews fan, with all the baggage that comes with that.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled this completely unfair list of artists with the worst fans — fans that are so annoying that they repel anyone new from wanting to be counted among their ranks.

You may notice a few obvious names not on the list. If you were attracted to the music of Jimmy Buffett, Insane Clown Posse or Phish in the first place, you’re probably too oblivious to recognize that the fans are kind of a joke.

And don’t worry if you think you see yourself on this list. You’re still less annoying than all sports fans.

 

Follow Dave Shumka on Twitter: @daveshumka

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The Tragically Hip to the Smiths: 8 bands with the worst fans

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Old Abe
#1 posted by
Old Abe
on May 08, 2013

Dave Shumka, you are funny.  Please host R3 live.

STOP POSTING CRAP CBC
#2 posted by
STOP POSTING CRAP CBC
on May 08, 2013

DEAR CBC, 

PLEASE STOP POSTING CRAP.  

YOUR '10 ________' LISTS ARE RIDICULOUSLY LIMITED, TIRED, SENSATIONALIST, AND A WASTE OF EVERYONE'S TIME.   

STOP WITH THE JUDGEMENT.

PLEASE MAKE MORE OF AN EFFORT TO WRITE SOMETHING THOUGHTFUL OR INSIGHTFUL THAT IS NOT DEVELOPED IN 160 CHARACTERS.

THANK YOU.

TommyO
#3 posted by
TommyO
on May 08, 2013

1. The Hip - To paraphrase Sloan, "It's not the band I hate, it's their fans"....hmmm, they are mostly Leaf fans...coincidence?

2. Justin Beiber - They are young...hopefully they will grow out of it.

3. Metallica - Can you still actually defend these dorks?

 

kirkofdoom
#4 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 08, 2013

He showed you, Shumka.

tagish156
#5 posted by
tagish156
on May 08, 2013

I would add Classified fans to that list, the worst

neuromancer
#6 posted by
neuromancer
on May 08, 2013

how could you forget about Juggalos? 

BotchedAttempt
#7 posted by
BotchedAttempt
on May 08, 2013

Brilliant work as usual. Fans, you got Shumka'd.  

darbarspecial
#8 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 08, 2013

I feel so judged.

Derek Lindner
#9 posted by
Derek Lindner
on May 08, 2013

We dig Nelson, BC and are Franti fans.

Say Hay, coincidence?

I love you, I love you, I love you.

grouchathome
#10 posted by
grouchathome
on May 09, 2013

...and not a word about Nickleback fans?  Besides Avril, do they have any?  Somebody is buying all those records and it's not just guys that work in gun shops from Alberta.

2902blues
#11 posted by
2902blues
on May 13, 2013

Pink Floyd? Jack Johnson? Bjork (I don't mind her but...)? I think he probably picked bands with the most faithful followers to stir the pot. I hate this style of "instigator" writing. It is pretty much opposite of the professional objective journalism that I hope to see from the CBC.

Anyways I'd like to see Dave Shumka put his money where his mouth is and open himself up to criticism by posting an article titled "Twenty bands I like better than the Tragically Hip" (who btw are arguably not only one of the best bands but a national treasure). Also it takes a refined way of thinking to love Morrissey which I do.

binsy
#12 posted by
binsy
on May 13, 2013

Your talents appear to be underappreciated over here D-Shumk.

binsy
#13 posted by
binsy
on May 13, 2013

Also that Bieber fan on the right looks suspiciously like a disguised Bieber. 

sleeper11
#14 posted by
sleeper11
on May 13, 2013

please continue to judge and discriminate. we can either take it or leave it though with all the bands and the endless history of performance since time immemorial, i don't think anyone will ever know who THE worst fans ever are.

one of my personal "worst fans ever" experiences was going to see Ani Difranco. i went to see her play really good aggressive acoustic guitar and hear some interesting music played by a smokin' band and her fans just WOULD NOT SHUT UP. eventually she wound up chastising them over it. that was sort of funny but way too much work (and money) to see a dive-bar gig at Massey. after everything the music was still pretty cool though.

Norargh
#15 posted by
Norargh
on May 13, 2013

heh heh heh

sedwend
#16 posted by
sedwend
on May 13, 2013

Wow some people don't get it when someone is writing humour. If you never like the writer, don't read it. Anyway, I hadn't thought much about fans as a band or artists's identifier really, and I've been collecting music and seeing shows across genres much of my 46 years. You could angle in on any act really, but this 8 was a good cross section. Gets you thinking about diehard fandom in general.

I have 1000 albums or more and a guy once told me he was a U2 fan, then told me that was the ONLY music he listened to. Floored me. Speechless. Haven't looked at the guy in the same way since.

Pete Morey
#17 posted by
Pete Morey
on May 14, 2013

Fantastic list Dave but you missed the fans of the band Phish. Jamming for 12 minutes doesn't constitute a song guys. 

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