If I had a Blast Off Country Style 7 inch for every time I had a discussion in college about bands selling out, I would be a rich man. Back then the debate was about bands signing to major labels. Back then I was of the opinion that a band should do what was best for itself and who gives a shit what label they recorded for?
A few years ago, Jeremy and I had an argument about the Apples in Stereo selling one of their songs for a commercial. He was so upset about them selling a song for an ad. Even after the interview with them where they talked about how they had spent the money they received for a crib for their newborn, Jeremy could not be swayed.
Now with commercials serving the function of what radio used to do, it is quite a coup for bands to sell their music to corporations, gain exposure, and pocket up to six figures worth of cash. The Shins got more flak for being gushed over by Natalie Portman in that insipid movie by that Scrubs hack then they did for selling a song to McDonald's.
Since I rarely watch commercials, I'm not terribly afraid of getting sick of songs from overexposure through ads. However I do think it is somewhat lame to sell a song that you wrote for other purposes to push fries or Hummers. I like that Jack White wrote a brand new song for Coke instead of letting them use "Hotel Yorba" or some other song from their catalog to help Coke push their product. But it never really has bothered me that indie bands are selling their songs to corporations. Who cares?
Recently a band has taken selling out to a new level. Of Montreal let one of their songs be re-recorded by an Of Montreal sounding band and change the lyrics from "Let's pretend we don't exist/Let's pretend we're in Antarctica" to "Let's go outback tonight/Life will still be there tomorrow." Plus there's even a new Mother's Day version that goes "Let's go outback tonight/Everyday is Mother's Day." What? I hope they got paid a lot of Bloomin Onion for this nonsense.
Still I don't really care. But SHR thinks that is completely stupid that a band would let their song be rewritten in such ridiculous fashion. For the record, Jeremy is okay with it as long as a crib was bought with some of the money because now that he's a dad of two kids, he's fine with selling out in the name of baby stuff. I might have made that last part up.
Let's Go Outback Tonight
Of Montreal - Wraith Pinned to the Mist
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