Posted: Jan 23, 2006 10:00 pm
A few points--- I have been biting my tongue on this one, because for the most part, i dont give a shit about either of these bands, (ie: BYOP and the "new" led Zep, aka the White Stripes), for the most part, except i find some of these attitudes fucking annoying enough that I had to be annoying as well, take the bait, and chime in.
1) I have also known Scottie Diablo for almost ten years. Whether or not his taste sucks or is great, the fact is that YES, he is a "connections" kind of guy who tries to get bands on MTV, or whatever other contacts he has. Good for him, and good for the bands he hooks up. whether or not they suck. as joe says, you can choose to support those bands or not. its up to YOU. Scott is just one of "those" guys who makes it opssible for certain bands to make money. SOme of them you like, some you dont, whatever.
2) Coorporate bands vs. Sellouts : Name ONE band that has made it into a car commercial, INCLUDING once Goner DARLINGS the Clone Defects, that will tell you they had some moral hangup about making some cash for their music. I know that generally, we are talking about bullshit coorporate bands like the Strokes, (or other bands groomed for the "big time") , a band where it just makes me nausious (sp?) to even hear them be counted as part of a "real underground", when really they are really just a part of the the Little Stevie " underground garage" scene. But again, who really cares?
i know what Im into, and im fucking STOKED if the clone defects got PAID for their tunes--car commercial or not. I would never call them coorporate sellouts. As far as i understood, or knew them, they didn't exactly mold their image to get their tunes on a commerical. Chances are, and i know some of you know the details---i did at one time, but forgot , so please do correct me if im wrong, but there was prolly some vaguley hip dude that heard them, had the connect, and made it happen. Prolly like the Speedies or the Kinks in the photo commercial. You know what i mean.
ANyhow, my point is that i would be willing to bet some serious cash that anyone on this board, (except for joe danger, which i think he stated his points, probably the best of anyone on this board!), in a band offered lots of money for one of their songs to be in a comerical, you're gonna take the cash and run.
3)Anyhow, back to Scottie.....all I can say is that i knew him from a long way back, and he has always been the kind of dude that would hook up bands....much like April's little darlings, BE Your Own Pet. He is a stand up guy in that regard, so take it for what its worth. He's just a nice guy, with questionable taste, that does shit everyone condemns because it's not "punk" or "goner", but in the meantime, he'll lend equipment to bands he barely knows, let ya sleep on his floor, and i think even one year, he sent me a fruit cake or some shit for Christmas. I may be mistaken on that...
anyhow, all that being said, it is not cool to misrepresent one;s self in terms of promotion or management. It is Not cool to sorta budge into Goner and promote a band who apparantly, (ive never heard them), but from what all the "experts" say, is totally not "goner", or "punk", and he should expect some sort of shit for that. Much like other people who promote other bands that we have even spoken about DURING this thread!!! But when it all comes down to it, who fucking cares?
To be honest, there are plenty of people on the woooooooooorld wide interweb, even on this board, who really havent been around that long, spewing opinions that they really just dont have a clue about. The internet is the perfect place for people who have never really done much but preach on about what they "know".
Scott--he just is what he is. No one has to deal with him if ya don';t want to...unless ya "need" something.