I think you can call a band a sellout when...

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Posted by razordu30 at ool-182fa80b.dyn.optonline.net on April 11, 2002 at 13:24:27:

In Reply to: Sell outs? posted by Pimped-Out-Jedi-Knight on April 11, 2002 at 13:13:05:

...they change their music solely for monetary purposes. Of course, this is nearly impossible to state, since they could just claim they had a bigger fanbase.

The best example of sellout in my opinion was Sugar Ray. Have you ever the Floored album or anything prior to that? It's fucking hardcore music. SUGAR RAY WAS HARDCORE MUSIC. Then they did that fucking "Fly" song, and all the girls went nuts over McGraf, and now they're singing Abra-fucking-cadabra. The easily noticeable change in music style once the general public got hold of them is easier to pinpoint as sell out.

Also, "Rage Against the Machine" doing Best Buy commercials and performing at the MTV Music Awards was a pretty good sign that capitalism was not the machine they were raging against.

But I definatly agree the term "sellout" is overused. Once a band signs with a major label, the whole POINT is to get more money, and to buy into the rockstar mentality. Ozzie wouldn't have his own TV show if he signed on an Indie label.

Just my .02

-Ramon http://razor.ramon.com

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