Well sometimes non-mainstream music becomes famous and I’d like to say: rightfully so. However, we as anti-mainstream music lovers tend to shoot ourselves in the foot on this one. It’s as if we don’t realize the victory that we’ve had because we are so used to being underground that when a band we’ve appreciated for so long is recognized for being a great talent, we tend to say they have “sold out”.
I would love to be able to hear all of my favorite bands on the radio, see them in videos, play the half-time show at the Super Bowl and so on; but it will never happen if we as fans stop supporting them as soon as they start making headway.
We have no one to blame but ourselves for this. We whine and complain that the bands we love and admire are not given the respect they deserve but when they reach a successful point in their career, we abandon them because they must have sold out.
But did they really sell out or are we just being pretentious music connoisseurs?
Selling-out is when a musician or band conforms to what is popular and it’s when they change who they are as artists just to get recognition. When an artist stays true to themselves and to their fans, why not stay loyal to the music?
Any thoughts on Green Day, Metallica, or Smashmouth?