No problem listening to AFI when STS hit the airways. Thats the album that is just soild from start to end and my personal favorite. You can clearly see the musical progress they took from start to now. CL was ok album but they where forced on it, they even said they will never record another album like that. Sadly we might not hear any new AFI material till about 2 years from now. 5 years in between albums is killing me!
Sting. ****ed up one of the greatest bands of all time to go sing God awful AC pussy crap. I was angry about it then and I am still just as angry now.
He broke up the biggest band in the world to follow his muse as he was always a jazzbo at heart .
Do I like his solo stuff ?
Not much but some of it is all right.
Is it Jazz , no really but he did give some legit jazzers a good gig for a few years there.
Of course he sold out much later by reforming the band for the paycheck but to be honest I think
he did it for the adulation and to get Andy Summers a big payday.
So...you guys don't think Van Halen 1984 is a sellout album? You may totally dig the tunes, but if you don't think that sappy-ass keyboard on "Jump" is a head-first sprint into pop then I don't know what to tell you. THAT was when the band let it go. Don't put the blame on the Red Rocker. He just kept driving the bus in the same direction.
Dr Dre sold out when I saw him in a Coors Light commercial in the 90's. The first thing I said was, they must be paying him a TON of $$$ because NO gangsta from Compton would ever be caught dead drinking the silver bullet.
Tim Armstrong. Once you go from Operation Ivy and Rancid to doing an album with Pink...just...damn.
The Smashing Pumpkins.
I love the Smiths to DEATH! But I feel like a piece of me died when I heard "How Soon Is Now" in a car commercial. I was never the same again, and I felt my adolescence had been robbed.
James Brown. Yes...the Godfather of (selling out your) soul. Living in America. Rocky III. Shameful.
Chris Cornell. Doing an album with Timbaland? REALLY? That crap BOMBED and all of a sudden Soungarden was back together. Well f-u! Don't try and buy back your cred by crawling back to the band you said you'd never tour with again. In fact...
Why do you guys think U2 sold out? Ridiculous! U2 got HUGE during The Unforgettable Fire and started selling out Stadiums during The Joshua Tree. Right after they went deep into American Music and then decided to push the envelope doing Actung Baby and Zooropa. Changing their dynamic because they didn't want to keep playing the same thing on every album, not because they were chasing the golden egg. Hell, they already owned the goose. If you listen from their first album up to and including the Joshua Tree, there is a natural progression to their work...NOT a sudden jump into a band chasing a hit tune. Go ahead, listen to the young kids on Boy and October who grow into men on War, then mature on The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree. rattle and Hum they got real deep into Americana. I assure you, putting out a track with B.B.King in 1988 was NOT a selling out thing to do. The next few albums they wanted to have fun and poke fun at the "Rock Stars" that they had become. Then they became elder-statesmen of Rock. The Rolling Stones of generation "X". It's VERY hard for 40 year old dudes who have EVERYTHING in life, in one of the biggest bands of all time to write like they did when they were 22 year old kids fighting for every scrap. Sellouts? That's funny. Fame came to them, not the other way around. In fact...Live Aid has said to have been the point of their ascension into stardom. Why? Their live performance. It was talked about for months...even years afterward. Like them or not...they are about as far from sellouts as you can get while being in a band of their popularity.
Any group/singer who alters thier established style and as a result becomes popular is a sellout.
Any group/singer who plays in Vegas is a sellout.
Any group/singer who fills stadiums is a sellout.
Any group/singer who appears on TV is a sellout.