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By Clipper Ship (Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 03:00:31 AM EST) (all tags)
Why are these bands considered more moral in their approach to music than large corporate bands? We automatically seem to assume they are, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why.


And then there are the bands that somehow escape the derision of most fans despite being amazingly corporate and part of the music machine. Radiohead, for instance. Not an indie bone in their body. They've always had a big record contract and a big paycheck. That doesn't seem to bother their fans.

And yet, indie bands make just as many bad songs as non-indie bands. Not having the bosses at some label busting your ass doesn't mean your music is more qualifying.

I just don't get this idea at all. I'm no fan of giant corporate music companies and I willingly steal music from all bands equally all the time. Then I make the Things White People Like argument and go see them live if they come to town. There's something more gratifying about handing your $40 for an over-priced t-shirt to the guitarist of the band you like when he's working the merch table.

But this notion that not having a big label and doing a bunch of busy-work other than making music  and letting someone take care of it for you is mind-numbingly stupid. So, when I read a website like Pitchfork and they rag on The Sword for signing with Kermado records because the label is not indie enough (which makes you wonder just how indie you need to be when the label has like 5 bands on it or something), the whole thing just seems like the product of middle-class white people with absolutely no sense of reality whatsoever. And, it's not like Pitchfork isn't a nauseating mish-mash of American Apparel ads and heavy corporate schilling anyway.

Cuz, that's how you make money in a BUSINESS.

If you have any justification whatsoever, or you just want to outline your Middle Class Manifesto of why people think this way, please share. I really can't wrap my brain around this notion of selective morality for the exact same business model as N'Synch used, just on a smaller scale.

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Radiohead. by Beechwood 45789 (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 08:27:57 AM EST
Actually, Radiohead's contract with EMI expired after there 2003 album. EMI still has the right to release materials recorded and distributed during the band's time on the label (which is how EMI can release a greatest hits album without the band's blessings), but everything Radiohead has produced since then has been independently produced, independently released online, and released in physical form through one-off agreements with the small XL Recordings (part of the Beggars' Banquet indie-music empire) in the UK and the more obscure TBD Records (source of, at this point, only two records in their entire corporate career) in the United States and Canada.

This doesn't make Radiohead more moral than any given semi-disposable R&B pre-fab hit machine nor does it make their indulgent brand of revival prog wankery any more pleasant to endure. But it does mean that your characterization of them as a rock band that has "always had a big record contract" is factually inaccurate.

Okay, fine. by Clipper Ship (1.00 / 2) #2 Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 09:18:47 AM EST
From a moral stance it almost makes them worse. They make EVEN MORE MONEY now. Just for playing songs. And, their album distribution, since that stuff gets really complicated, can almost have the same coverage as a major label contract considering the coverage they get.

Also, you broke the code. WTF, dude?

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rcg? by garlic (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 05:35:48 PM EST


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whut by Clipper Ship (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 03:34:38 AM EST

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...product of middle-class white people... by vorheesleatherface (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 08:16:16 AM EST
Close. It's people who want very badly to be cool, and think that by only being into indie bands, that they attain their coolness. "I'm so cool I'm into bands that don't exist yet." That kind of rubbish. It is the product of white middle-class teenage brats with nothing better to do. It's all bullshit. Fragile egos trying to inflate themselves by excluding the world from their elitist indie music only circle. I think, if you like a band for their music, their label or lack thereof don't mean jack.


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