As the lineup for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival made the rounds last week, so did a much stranger version of the Coachella lineup. Instead of hot headliners like The Stone Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers, this bizarrouniverse Coachella features a Civil War reenactment, a book signing with Kim Kardashian and a performance by The Indio Community Wind Ensemble.
The Coachella poster, which uses the same desert-landscape background as official Coachella posters, was the creation of Dan Faughnder, frontman of local band Sledding with Tigers. He made it in December, after growing frustrated with the Indio festival’s lineup in recent years.
“I was just, like, Man, every year it gets more disappointing and more disappointing,” he says. “So, this year, I decided to make my own Coachella lineup with bands I wanted to see.”
And, yes, that includes the surviving cast of The Golden Girls.
Faughnder, who’s never been to Coachella, made the poster in Photoshop and put it online in December. He posted it again on The Ché Café’s Tumblr page last Thursday. It’s now achieved serious meme status, having been reposted by Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post and countless Tumblr users.
In most cases, Faughnder hasn’t gotten credit for his work. The Huffington Post put a watermark on the version it posted, but it was for a Tumblr user who openly admitted to not having made it.
“At this point, it belongs to the Internet,” Faughnder sighs. “It’s not even mine anymore.”