Re: Major Minor -- Who Tanked? (or screwed up)
posted at 4/5/2012 9:02 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Major Minor -- Who Tanked? (or screwed up)
[QUOTE]I would never fault any artist for trying to make money.
If I had talent like this , I sure as hell would want to be paid for my art. People b*tch and complain about bands "selling out" and becoming "commercialized"...well fine , don't buy it! I , for one , find some "commercially acceptable music to be pretty darn good. I also find alot of "underground" music to be very good. One example of a band that is ostracised and badly criticized for "selling out" is Jefferson Starship. For all the complaining and criticism, the fact is the music may be highly commercial, but some of it is very melodic and the lyrics are not poorly written. These are talented people that wanted to make some money doing something they enjoyed. Some of us paid money for it and don't regret the purchase. Craig Chacquico is a highly under-rated guitar player and I absolutely love the song 'Jane; from the Freedom at Point Zero LP ( one of their biggest hits). Fleetwood Mac was highly commercial in their final version. The two earlier versions made better ( in my opinion) music but didn't sniff the charts here in America. Thes guys have got to eat too. Many people like the Buckingham/Nicks version of the band , and I admit they may have been commercial, but you can't say the music is "pap." These are accomplished singers, players and somgwriters and maybe if their music hadn't sold so well they would be darlings of the counter-culture or underground. Their only fault is that lots of people liked their music and shelled out alot of money to own it. You cannot blame them for wanting this kind of success.
Posted by ZILLAGOD[/QUOTE]
Rant is fine :) ... but I wasn't addressing the sell-out aspect (we've been down the road a bunch of times) POV in my OP. That's a reason for making a change. I don't care about the reasoning in this instance. I was addressing the music and the music alone. I used the word commercialized as a descriptor, for lack of a better one.
There were artists that had a winning style, or call it a formula, all their own -- truly unique and they were already branded and successful, there was no *reason* to veer into pap, they just did, and you, the fan, were disappointed (not disillusioned).
It's not a matter of finding fault with the music, it's more a matter of personal taste, to which we are all entitled. It's saying that once the music took a turn, many fans also took a turn, and that was turning away, plain and simple. It's more a matter of saying that the change was regrettable, IMO.
By the way, I don't see anyone citing Steely Dan. Just wondering -- they did not go this route. See, not everyone does. (I'm thinking the answer is no)