November 17, 2007

In Defense of Selling Out

Here's Kevin Barnes, from the excellent band Of Montreal, on the stupid "you sold out!" mentality so prevalent in music:

The pseudo-nihilistic punk rockers of the 70's created an impossible code in which no one can actually live by. It's such garbage. The idea that anyone who attempts to do anything commercial is a sell out is completely out of touch with reality. The punk rock manifesto is one of anarchy and intolerance. The punk rockers polluted our minds. They offered a solution that had no future. Of course, if the world would have ended before Sandinista! was released then everything would have been alright. It didn't. Now we have all of these half-conceived ideas and idiot philosophies floating around to confuse and alienate us. I think it is important to face reality. It is important to decide whether you are going to completely rail against the system or find a way to make it work for you. You cannot do both -- and if you attempt to do both you will only become even more bitter and confused.
I'm glad someone finally said that.

Posted by Stephen Silver at November 17, 2007 05:03 PM

To quote (of all things) a "wait while the game loads" screen from Guitar Hero III (and I'll admit, it IS strangely addicting), "Every record company is evil except for the one that signs you".

Posted by: Dan at November 19, 2007 09:37 AM
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