Posted: Feb 5, 2010 11:43 am |
Edited by: Tommy Trouble
Interesting point...though I'm not sure how much the band actually "buckled under corporate pressure." Although I'm vaguely familiar with some of the later hits...I honestly don't know if they were trying something new that people happened to like, or were more inspired by lure of filthy lucre.
I guess (for me) the litmus test of a "sellout" is whether or not the band changed it's sound IN ORDER TO sell more records, instead of for aesthetic/artistic reasons.
Maybe the smack of intentionally commercialized dogshit is all over the new stuff, and I just haven't heard it enough to judge. However, when I see Green Day on TV, the new stuff just seems a lot like the old shit to me. They still play fast and jump around. I probably would like it if I was sixteen again and hadn't heard such an amazing quantity and variety of great music in the second half of my life.
To me at least, the Green Day records I heard through the mid/late nineties seemed like a natural progression, unlike, other bands at the time (like schleprock, shades apart, Jawbreaker, face to face), which made the jump from indie to major. In the case of these other bands, the major label debut didn't sound remotely like the bands' previous work. That shit was inexcusable (the exception MAYBE being Jawbreaker). Those dudes definitely DESERVE to suck a dick, as Beer Joint would say.