Urgent Appeal – stop Infected Mushroom from creating an army of Guy Cohens UPDATE 25/6
UPDATE – CALL TO ACTION, CHUMS – THE BAIT AND SWITCH!!!
The above banner (i.e. the genuine Infected-approved one) is uploaded right now at
Meanwhile this pisstake one is up at http://www.psyreviews.net/images/infected_mushroom.gif
you are naturally free (as a bird) to post up the pisstake one now,
what I’d LOVE to see is people posting the Infected-approved banner and
hotlinking it from the psyreviews domain, getting it all over the
Then, on September 1st we’ll change
the filenames of the images, so that every Infected-approved banner
anywhere becomes the pisstake banner.
Yes, I know. It’s fucking sublime. We are a doof 4chan.
Please post any links in the comments box
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You may have caught buzz recently about Infected Mushroom’s bloated record company and management (and PR, and marketing guy, and Facebook page admin, etc) ramping up the Infected Mushroom Street Team.
Hitherto unseen in the trance world — and largely alien to greater parts of the electronic music industry — a Street Team used to be just that; people out on the street, putting flyers in shops, sticking posters on tube stations, and generally evangelising about a band (read "product") that they love in the hope that others might catch on to it.
In other words, they’re like those super-hot Marlboro club babes that used to frequent Turnmills, The End, and doubtlessly sprawls of Ritzy’s and Rumours in years prior. One step down from a whore, much like Infected Mushroom are one step down from lung cancer.
The advent of the internet has meant that a Street Team is more or less a Forum Team. Jump onto a trance board, evangelise about how great something is, while the record company sits and waits for the viral response to come in.
They are recruiting spammers. They are recruiting postbots.
They are recruiting an army of Guy Cohens, and for this ladies and gentlemen — we must stop them.
Here’s what’s expected of a menber of the
Trance Hitler Youth Infected Mushroom Street Team:-
Your first Mission as part of the Street Team is to actively spread
news, banners, discussion, etc… on Infected Mushroom’s new single
"Smashing The Opponent"! We have uploaded banners to our Tools Page,
and have also provided a detailed list of sites below where you can do
the most damage. Also, please keep track of all the work you do (links
or screen shots) so you can report it, and we can reward you!!
is a detailed list of areas where we would like you to focus on. It’s
in no way a complete list, so if you feel there are other areas in
which you think these tools can be used, please do so. This is just a
list of places to get you started. Have fun with this project, and
don’t be afraid to converse with people who show interest in the band!!!
* Creating Events (Listening Parties, Album release date launches, etc.)
* Posting in Facebook Groups, Band Pages, etc.
* iLike Song Adds
* Song Dedications
* Updating your Status with Infected Mushroom news
* Adding Songs to Profile
* Hosting Infected Mushroom Banners on your Personal Page
* Posting Infected Mushroom news, banners, and videos in related Groups
* Post Banners in other Friends comment boxes, other Bands comment Boxes
* Updating your Status with Infected Mushroom news
* Posting Bulletins with Infected Mushroom News and Banners
* Hosting Infected Mushroom Widgets
* Embed Infected Mushroom Videos on your Personal Page
* iLike Song dedications
* Share Music and Videos with your friends
* Infected Mushroom related signitures
* Infected Mushroom Avatars
* Posting Infected Mushroom news in the "General Music Board" section
* Bringing up Infected Mushroom in related conversations.
* Using banners and other tools whenever necessary
* Attending Events
* Posting Infected Mushroom News in related Groups
* "Love" Tracks
* Share Tracks
* Give out Infected Mushroom related shouts
* Digg Infected Mushroom Mode articles
It is, of course, utterly horrific. There is no place for this sort of marketing oomph in the psytrance scene. And before you have a chance to say but psyreviews, Infected haven’t been trance since Disc 2 of Converting Vegetarians I’m going to counter by saying True, but look I just don’t like Infected Mushroom. And neither do you, so let’s all unite and do what we can to stop this dreadful whatever-it-is.
So what do we do.
Initially, be aware. Expect to see an increased in Guy Cohen buzzon forums. Luckily places like Isratrance and Psynews are constantly F5′d by people loyal to our cause. They jump on Infected Mushroom mentions like herpes jumpt onto a INSERT WITTY THING HERE I’LL COME BACK TO IT.
Other, lesser internet forums populated in whole or part by non-automaton Infected haters (i.e. the rest of the internet) is not policed and is therefore considered to be the key battleground. So, whenever you see some evangilical Infected posting you need to add your creative input. Suggestions include:
"OMG haha infected yeh they are okay if u are 13 i guess but hahaaaaa. fail btw."
"This is nonsense. There is far better electronic music than that which is made by Infected Mushroom. I recommend you check Cosmosis, Hallucinogen…." (eventually include a link to your discogs page.)
Linking to Uncyclopedia.
Educating board readers by posting links to the Street Team Manifesto, advising them that they’re reading spam, and reporting the thread to an appropriate
pale guy in a bedroomforum moderator.
Can we do it?
Can we change the world?
In the words of Barack Raja Ram Rothfield, YES WE CAN BABA.
We can make a difference snuffing out these spam Infected posts. But it doesn’t stop there.
Check back here for more on the Infected story as it breaks. Contact Psyreviews with your support, ideas, pledges.
Hit us up with links that are suspected Spam Team so we can all jump in and have a bit of a laugh. Also, if anyone knows a lawyer…. well y’know. Los Angeles management and all that.
Below are some banners that the Infected Street Team are asking people to post everywhere.
Has anyone got photoshop skills and a spare half hour to knock up some spoofs?
THE BAIT AND SWITCH!!!
The above banner (i.e. the genuine Infected-approved one) is uploaded right now at http://www.psyreviews.net/images/infected.gif
The pisstake one meanwhile is up at http://www.psyreviews.net/images/infected_mushroom.gif
While you are naturally free (as a bird) to post up the pisstake one now, what I’d LOVE to see is people posting the Infected-approved banner and hotlinking it from the psyreviews domain, getting it all over the interwebs.
Then, on September 1st we’ll change the filenames of the images, so that every Infected-approved banner anywhere becomes the pisstake banner.
Yes, I know. It’s fucking sublime. We are a doof 4chan. Please post any links in the comments box