I thought today it’d be fun to start a list of the biggest sell-outs in the history of rock’n’roll. With Piccu and Bratch on board, and to a lesser extent merlin, we should be able to build quite an extensive list.
I’m going to start out old school with a band that completely sold out.
Chicago – Anyone familiar with Chicago’s great old songs like “Saturday In The Park,” “25 or 6 to 4” and “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is” who then compares that with their music of the 80s and 90s like “Look Away” will see my point. The man to blame is of course, Peter Cetera. His high octave crooning ruined the band’s direction and made them hit makers. But their music was completely radio friendly and poppy after being refreshing and different in the 70s.
Aerosmith – Even though I’ve never been an Aerosmith fan, it’s pretty easy to see that they’ve really toned down from their early days of “Dream On” and “Back in the Saddle Again” to the modern stuff. Sometimes bands just get old. After 25+ years of rocking, you probably run out of things to say.
The Eagles – I’m an Eagles fan. Ok, I’ve said it. But on the “Hell Freezes Over” CD it was obvious that they had aged and were no longer capable of writing great songs. It’s difficult to characterize the Eagles as having sold out when they were always on the fence that separates rock and country, but there used to be a tiny bit of an edge there. No more.
Everclear - Even though they have recently reformed with a nearly entirely new lineup, Everclear sold out in the late 90s. After great songs like Santa Monica, they pretty much sang every other song after that about someone's daddy. It got old quickly. The sound was still pretty good, but the lyrics were oh so tame.
The Offspring - Whether or not you were ever a fan of the Offspring, you noticed the obvious selling out. Pretty Fly for a White Guy is one of the most annoying songs in the history of rock. Then follow that up with the nearly equally annoying "Get a Job" and you've got sell out material. It's a shame after the band had some great songs on their first couple albums like "Gone Away" and "Self Esteem." That's a long fall.
Green Day - Hard to say they've sold out? Please. Selling out for a popular political message to me gets you on the list. Punk is always supposed to be bucking the establishment, but Green Day plays that card straight to the bank. Never been a fan, and have become even less of one recently.