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- Metallica! Do you think they sold out?

Our prior thread makes me think we'll answer no.

There's a definite difference in their music as the years went by. Some may say they became more commercial. Personally, I say their music got better. They evolved and in my opinion their trajectory was positive. Their earliest songs could be described as "head-banger" whereas their later songs were more melodic. I don't like their earliest songs. I like their later stuff. How about you?

So who DID sell out?

I looked up selling out on wikipedia, and the only two bands they mention, as examples of bands that people claim sold out, not necessarily bands that sold out, are Metallica and Green Day.

I really can't think of any stand out examples.

The J. Geils Band? After the success of Freeze Frame, Peter Wolf left the band due to creative differences and they released the much more commercially friendly but less successful, and brilliantly titled, "You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd" with the single "Concealed Weapons". Is this really selling out, though, since they lost the face of the band in Wolf and needed a new direction.

Aerosmith? After nearly self-destructing due to drug use, Aerosmith started their comeback in the 80s by teaming up with Run-DMC to release the hip hop version of Walk This Way. I remember kids not liking this back in the 80s as Aerosmith was seen as stalwarts of hard rock. But I think their problems were more severe than just trying to be more commercial.  Plus they were actually ahead of the game with regard to the melding of metal and rap.

I remember a rockabilly band called Roman Holliday who wore sailor hats and cut off sweatshirts. They had some moderate success on MTV with their quirky videos and catchy beats on songs like Don't Try To Stop It and Stand By. Their follow up after their MTV exposure was to become a Flock Of Seagulls-type band, ditching their personality for a more "hip" image and sound on the video One Foot Back In The Door. I always felt they sold out, but how long could they really keep the sailor thing going?

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