Why Green Day Never "Sold Out" (my opinion)

When Green Day performed on American Idol, I noticed a lot of comments labeling them as "sellouts". Let's have a list of things Green Day have done that have made them labeled as sellouts:
1. Signed to a major label
2. Become famous
3. Brought punk into the mainstream
4. Performed on American Idol.

1. Signed to a major label.
When a major record label wants to sign any artist, it's because it can sell albums. And yeah, that could mean signing pop stars like Britney Spears. But it could also mean signing genuinely talented bands. If a band is good, and can sell records, record labels are going to notice them, whether the fans like it or not.

2. Became famous.
This being a Green Day fansite, I think we can all agree that Green Day has a lot of talent. And the songs are really good. That's why they became famous. They worked hard to get where they are, but they are still sellouts? Would you go to a record store, pick up a CD and say "Hell yeah, this band rocks. But they sold 10 million CDs, so I hate them." That's not being honest with yourself.

3. Brought Punk Into The Mainstream.
Punk is just good. All good types of music will eventually make it into the mainstream, because it's too good for people to not take notice. At least the MTV viewers will prefere punk rock to shallow Britney Spears. Get over it.

4. Performed on American Idol.
I hate the show, as well as a few people I know. But the most people disagree with me. They were just spreading awareness of the genocide in Darfur to a wider audience than if they performed on, say, Rachel Ray.

And there you have it.
Posted on June 12th, 2007 at 04:57pm

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