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Featured article: The Data Lab
The club came together in 1995. Unlike the more straightforward Weezer fan club, the Rentals' club would have a unique theme. The background of the club's fictional lore is, loosely, that the Rentals' members operated in a discrete, mysterious facility, where club membership gained fans access to its confidential information and products—hence the name "The Data Lab". In the summer of 1995, the Allan sisters sent a mailer out to Weezer fan club members offering membership to the Data Lab in exchange for a $5 annual fee. The mailer additionally contained a message from Sharp titled "Intelligence From the Lab", wherein he described the band and discussed the release of their debut Return of the Rentals.
At some point between 1996 and 1997, Sharp requested that the sisters put the fan club activity on pause until the Rentals were active again. The club's address was excluded from the Japanese CD release of Return of the Rentals in 1996. The club ceased activity following the death of the Allan sisters in late 1997. Though no Rentals fan club ever materialized again, the following note from Karl Koch was left inside Weezine issue 13 (summer 1998):
Matt is looking into starting up the Rentals fan club again - but he needs help! If you think you have the skills, time, and healthy attitude to take on such a task, send us your "proposal", and Matt will check it out. Serious offers only should be sent to this address. No decisions of any kind will be made for quite a while.full article | edit | previous featured articles