||12/22/06 11:59 PM
Originally Posted by Melissa Johnson
Re-issuing an album several different times (I'll also point out that this album only came out Winter 2005) just to get money from their fans isn't selling out? Telling a girl you can't date her because you're famous and have to be single isn't being an asshole and selling out? Having your album sound completely different from what the demos you released pre-signing because you'll make more money and gain the MTV crowd isn't selling out?
1. I don't know anything about the, "got to be single, to be famous, asshole" stuff. If that is true, than yes, that is rude. Not really selling out. Still, I'd argue, that it probably does make sense to be single on the road and two, whoever did this, is not alone. I'd bet some other members of bands have done similar things, maybe even some of your favorites. I do not know how you heard of this either, if it wasn't straight from the source or if you weren't there watching to hear it, the story may have been misrepresented by now.
2. Then, this demo thing. I actually know what you're talking about here. I was a little upset about it, because I liked the demos (but didn't dislike the new versions either); I happened to have heard of them by the September before their record came out. But the songs were just barely changed and were cleaned up through production...Is that selling out...sure, in a form of the word of course. But calling them out on it while forgetting all the countless other bands who have changed demos to cleaner versions (for radio and public purposes) seems ridiculously unfair. Panic!, even with the original demos, would have been a for sure hit. A MTV hit. I actually think both versions of Nails are great, anyways. The first is a slower, seeming acoustic at times, but still enjoyable. It makes sense to have changed it too, to go along with the rest of their albums feel and outlook.
Thanks, I appreciate genuine talks about music.