News that Weezer have been offered $10 million to split up by their own fans prompts me to ask: which of your favourite musicians/TV shows/artists etc. would you pay to slip quietly away? Who's done fantastic work, but subsequently spoiled it with an unending stream of mediocrity?
Despite my huge respect for them, and even though their latest album was really pretty good, I'd nominate REM as suffering from the law of diminishing returns. Ditto The Charlatans. Paul Auster and Don Delillo have gone off the boil rather in the literary world.
The Charlatans' problem is that even though most of their albums have featured beautiful, compelling tracks, their second single (1990) was such a smash that it's overshadowed everything else they've done.