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Hello fellow Pit - goers.

Don't you also find it irritating when someone tells you that they stopped listening to their favorite band just because they became mainstream?

I had a chat with someone from my school a few days ago and he said he hates all Metallica albums after "Ride the Lightning" because they became "too mainstream".

Another person told me that he stopped listening to Flogging Molly after they became "too mainstream".

WTF is wrong with these kind of people? Why do they think it's necessary to stop liking/listening to their favorite bands after they've reached a certain level of success?
Is it perhaps because they don't want to "share" their music with others?

So, Pit-people, what is your opinion on this?
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People don't like it when a band change their sound. Any time they do, they "sell out" or "go mainstream".
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If I'm a fan sure I'll listen to the new stuff not regarding if they "sold out" but I'll treat it just like any other album. It can be good for some bands to change their sounds though. *Prepares anti-flame gear* I enjoyed St. Anger, not as much as their old albums but god damn it I enjoyed it
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depends, of the band watered down thier sound in order to get more media attention, then I stop listening to them (and for the record no band I listen to has ever actually done this) if they just become popular without really changing anything other than haveing beter production then I really don't care about what other people say about it and I still like them.
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"Mainstream" could be used in a manner that implied they stopped listening after they became popular (I have a friend who was a HUGE Muse fan, but said he hated them after they became popular), or it could mean that they dislike the band because they changed their sound to be more sales-friendly, upon reaching a certain threshold of popularity.
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bcoz dey arnt tr00 kvlt nemor.

You must be pretty shallow to dismiss a band on the grounds that other people like them.

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I have friends who only listen to music that isn't mainstream and the second it becomes popular they ditch it and move onto something else. Its because they thinks it's cool to not like mainstream popular music and they like to think of themselves as liking random bands no-one else has heard of.
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I think it's funny because really, they're doing the opposite. When bands start out and make their first album for a major company, the label has alot of input in the music. They may decide to bring in session musicians or change the song completely or whatever. As bands become more popular, they have alot more freedom and to say a band has sold out is the complete opposite of what they actually have done, if you see what i'm saying.
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If I'm a fan sure I'll listen to the new stuff not regarding if they "sold out" but I'll treat it just like any other album. It can be good for some bands to change their sounds though. *Prepares anti-flame gear* I enjoyed St. Anger, not as much as their old albums but god damn it I enjoyed it

Agreed on all points.

So long as I still like the music, I don't mind a band 'selling-out'. Like LostProphets. Fake Sounds... was their best album, and even though they have become much more mainstream, they are still alright, so I'll listen to them every now and then.
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Agreed on all points.

So long as I still like the music, I don't mind a band 'selling-out'. Like LostProphets. Fake Sounds... was their best album, and even though they have become much more mainstream, they are still alright, so I'll listen to them every now and then.


I too agree, although the only comparison I can make is that I really liked "Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise" by Emperor, even though it wasn't "true" black metal anymore.
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I think it's funny because really, they're doing the opposite. When bands start out and make their first album for a major company, the label has alot of input in the music. They may decide to bring in session musicians or change the song completely or whatever. As bands become more popular, they have alot more freedom and to say a band has sold out is the complete opposite of what they actually have done, if you see what i'm saying.


Yeah but gennerally e people who complain are people who listened to them before they where on a major label. Nowadays a lot of bands sign to indie labels and build a fan base before signing to a major label.
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If you stop listening to a band because they become mainstream, then u are just as close minded as the "mainstream" people imo.

Although there's 2 different kinds of mainstream:

- Mainstream: they get more publicity with their music.
- Mainstream(sound): they start making verse/chorus/verse/chorus/ etc. songs and are definately selling out

For the former, nothing wrong with that IMO. For the latter I agree.

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I think it's funny because really, they're doing the opposite. When bands start out and make their first album for a major company, the label has alot of input in the music. They may decide to bring in session musicians or change the song completely or whatever. As bands become more popular, they have alot more freedom and to say a band has sold out is the complete opposite of what they actually have done, if you see what i'm saying.


I agree with ross on this.
It would be a real shame if bands didnt release new material, just because they are worried some fans may not like the new stuff. As long as the change is due to the artists personal tastes changing, and not just an attempt to sell to the masses, then it should be worthwhile (assuming the music is still good). I hate bands that sound the same as each other and I like creativity; which should be encouraged among all artists new and old.
If a band I like releases a new album then I will just have to judge it on its own, sure some albums may be better, but I wouldnt like a band releasing almost carbon copies of an album, no matter how good it is.

And to keep up the Metallica theme - IMO Master of Puppets and ..And Justice were the best, and St Anger a low point (to be nice). But hey, at least metallica then responded with Death Magnetic
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I dont care really, as long as the band doesnt change it sound I still like it, even if it's the most popular band on earth.
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What people need to realize is Change=/=selling out


the sound changes because people changes. You can't expect a person to be writing the same type of lyrics or music from the same point of view he had years or months ago..and the fact that it changes just means they're human, they're not betraying the whole genre and fanbase the have/had because they refuse to remain static.


If bands never changed, there would be a certain point where we wouldn't either, because we'd get tired of the same old..

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