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14 Bizarre Things Artists Will Do For Cash

  • Bands are going to weird lengths to connect with their fans. Here are 14 outlandish offers from Pledge. You can "re-create the sights and sounds of Alien Ant Farms’ 2003 BET Awards rooftop invasion" by pledging £12,000 towards the production of their first album in five years and have the novelty nu-metalists turn up at your door for an exclusive “acoustic house concert”.

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    Added: 11 Aug 2011

  • Joe Dexter from American pop punk band Orange are promising to “rock coach” your band for a pledge of £150. Exactly what this entails remains ambiguous, but apparently touring is "DAMN expensive" and funds are needed to tour the UK again this June.

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    Added: 16 Jul 2013

  • Punk-pop’s goofiest, Bowling For Soup, are currently in the process of recording the twelfth (yes, twelfth) instalment of their spoof rock legacy. If you’re as stoked as they are about album number twelve then you can buy the master rights for $200,000. For all you know, it could well be the next 'Revolver'.

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    Added: 07 Jun 2012

  • Kate Nash has quirky pledges aplenty: a recording of your favourite children’s book/short and/or ghost story (£350), a pampering mani/pedicure date (£400) or a 'Kate + cake + acoustic live songs combo' (£2,000) are just a few of the sweeteners from which to take your pick.

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    Added: 20 Jun 2012

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    Added: 16 Jul 2013

  • You’d think X-Factor finalist Janet Devlin would have stacks of cash burrowed in a Louis Walsh trust fund – but it seems she’s resorted to flogging the contents of her wardrobe to make ends meet. Punters can get their mitts on her “blue formal dress” for a pledge of £350.

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    Added: 12 Dec 2011

  • Too lazy to cook tonight? Need an extra pairs of hands around the kitchen? Well for a pledge of $1,000, Peter from Here We Go Magic will cook you your very own meal and what’s more, for just $500 extra you’ll receive an unlimited guest list pass +1 FOREVER to any of their live shows.

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    Added: 28 May 2012

  • Who’s top of your festival comeback checklist for 2013? Eminem at Leeds and Reading? Arctic Monkeys at Glastonbury? Or perhaps it’s Chic at Bestival, right? Wrong. What you should do is pledge £360 to Fun Lovin’ Criminals so they can perform at all the major music festivals across the land.

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    Added: 20 Aug 2011

  • Fancy yourself as a burgeoning John Paul Jones with the four string? Take your enthusiasm to the next level and pledge £750 to become the proud owner of Joel from the Rifles’ bass guitar. But be wary of the small print – this may or may not improve your slap bass skillz. Alex James, you have been warned.

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    Added: 18 Jan 2012

  • If you honestly enjoy awkward-as-fuck conversations over the phone with Canadian singer songwriters, then have your credit card at the ready – because - as luck would have it, Martha Wainright is offering the chance to have a real life awkward-as-fuck conversation with her over the phone for a pledge of £75.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2012

  • Kissy Sell Out is feeling generous: for £250 you can have your face splashed across the cover of his new album sleeve, receive executive producer credits for £200 or, for the meagre cost of £20 he’ll send a friend of your choice a card with birthday wishes.

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    Added: 15 Jul 2013

  • DIY is the Thespians’ maxim. Why squander hundreds of pounds when you can craft an instrument with your own bare hands? Watch out Fender, because for a pledge of £1,000 you will receive a handmade guitar or bass crafted by Phil of the band, who presumably got an A in woodwork.

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    Added: 15 Jul 2013

  • If chasing balls around the lush turf green is more your thing, then for a pledge of £100 The Crookes will agree to dust their boots off to participate in a five-a-side football match in Sheffield.

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    Added: 15 Dec 2010

  • The Chapman Family have been brushing up on their painting recently, dabbing their hands in the arts to immortalise any loyal fans who are willing to part ways with £100 for a portrait of themselves. Or, you could just stick to the music and recruit Pop from the band to play bass guitar with you and your buds for a pledge of £300.

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    Added: 08 Aug 2011

  • Squeaky crooner Daniel Bedingfield is offering the chance for one sordid pledger to play strip poker with him and his pals for a donation of £1,000. Alternatively, you could always just take a trip to the local fish market and make sushi together for just £500.

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    Added: 02 Nov 2012