Sonic Youth: 'Radiohead Made Other Musicians Look Bad'

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon has claimed that Radiohead showed up smaller, poorer bands with the release of 2007's "In Rainbows".

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Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon has claimed that Radiohead showed up smaller, poorer bands with the release of 2007's "In Rainbows", calling their release plan a "marketing ploy". Radiohead let their fans pay as much or little as they wanted for the download release of the album, with many fans choosing to download it free. Gordon has refuted the idea that the Oxford band put out the album off their own backs, criticising the plan. "They did a marketing ploy by themselves and then got someone else to put it out," she told The Guardian. She added: "It seemed really community-oriented, but it wasn't catered towards their musician brothers and sisters, who don't sell as many records as them. It makes everyone else look bad for not offering their music for whatever. "It was a good marketing ploy and I wish I'd thought of it! But we're not in that position either. We might not have been able to put out a record for another couple of years if we'd done it ourselves. And it takes away from the actual making music." In the same interview, frontman Lee Ranaldo spoke about Hits Are For Squares', the compilation record Sonic Youth put out on the Starbucks label last year. "We thought we'd try it and see what happens," he said. "There's a certain side to this group that likes perversity, and that's a pretty perverse concept. "At that time, Starbucks were selling records when no one else was. The majors were throwing up their hands. The irony is, for all the spewing it caused on the blogs, it is our most rare record. I have never seen a copy in a store, and I've never met anyone who's seen a copy in a store." Sonic Youth's new album, "The Eternal" is out on Monday (June 8). Thanks for the report to Nme.com.

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    601210
    It makes sense -- not everyone has the money to put out an album for free. People will probably be saying that since Radiohead can sell their albums for practically nothing, everyone else should be able to. Which isn't the case.
    goo94
    i don't think that sonic youth would ever be jealous of anyone, its not as if theyve ever tried to get sales or make money. In fact they just left their major label (Geffen) in favour of a smaller one, their definately all in for the music. If you read the rest of the interview, she says that SY wouldnt self release albums because it would take time away from the playing & writing part. I suppose its not free to make a fully blown "pro" album if your getting a studio, producers & stuff, but I do see where everyone is coming from, the internet does allow anyone and everyone to put their own music up for anyone to enjoy. I think kim was getting at the fact that people may now expect everyone to follow in radioheads footsteps, which some bands simply cant afford to do (professionally as an LP). However radiohead rule!!! But I read on this site that it was their manager's idea to sell it online, not that it makes it any less awesome that they gave in rainbows away like that. If a band can afford to and want to, than they may as well.
    601210
    I just noticed... SY doesn't really have a clear frontman, but this is probably the first time I've seen Lee referred to as such. Not that he's any less awesome than Thurston in any way.
    TaV0
    601210 wrote: It makes sense -- not everyone has the money to put out an album for free. People will probably be saying that since Radiohead can sell their albums for practically nothing, everyone else should be able to. Which isn't the case.
    I agree with you, Kim has a point there. Also, can't wait for SY's new release!
    Revolover
    It wasn't radiohead's plan to rub other bands faces in the dirt. I don't see it as being a "If they can give away records for peanuts everyone should" kinda thing, giving away an album for whatever price fans chose is like a way of rewarding fans for buying other records and stuff, this chick is just jealous
    mcr-fan-405
    and they wait 2 years to say something? This is pure jealousy on Sonic Youths part.
    AVIDFANOFSOUNDS
    601210 wrote: It makes sense -- not everyone has the money to put out an album for free. People will probably be saying that since Radiohead can sell their albums for practically nothing, everyone else should be able to. Which isn't the case.
    Don't know about that these days, it only takes someone with a laptop and a microphone and then upload on the internet
    whoa_backoff
    Someone sounds jealous. How can anyone be upset at a band for bringing music to the fans? This is retarded...
    Musefan161
    How is it band that the fans were able to get a CD legally for free instead of paying the ridiulous price it costs to buy one? I love Radiohead and Sonic Youth but Jeez, this is a bad argument.
    Nightwatchman10
    radiohead rule. so do sonic youth. but i think sonic youth are being a wee bit pathetic here. a hint of jealousy do I detect lol