It should not come as a surprise to many that rock music is in a pitiful shape these days.
In a Mashable interview, Linkin' Park described their latest video Until It’s Gone as full of symbolism regarding the band’s perception of the current state of rock.
According to the band’s rapper Mike Shinoda, "Right now, so much rock music isn't really rocking — it feels soft and safe. We wanted to make an album with the visceral and chaotic spirit that we feel is missing in rock music right now.”
Are you kidding me? Linkin’ Park should be the last band speaking out against “soft and safe” music. They epitomize what metal should never have been! Yet, aside from our subjective take on their music, they do make a valid point.
Rock music takes its roots from a rebellion and as a statement against the mainstream. Although some of the major artists earned a ton of money from their endeavors, it was never primarily what one would call commercial.
However, in the past couple of decades, we have seen some of our favorite bands chart off their own course to chart higher on the Billboard. These bands have long been abandoned by their die-hard fans who accuse them of being sell-outs.
This brings us to a question. What really is a sell-out? Does getting rich and earning a lot of money qualify as being a sell-out? Absolutely not. Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Rush made money, played for wider audiences, and their music evolved over the years but they can never be accused of commercialization.
True sell-outs would be the ones who compromised on the quality of their music and, in the words of great Bill Hicks, went "off the artistic roll call forever." Although these bands described the act as a part of ‘growing up,’ their true fans knew better.
We have compiled a list of five bands that broke new ground in their respective genres but then decided to give it all up for the sake of cash.
Guns N’ Roses
No other band shook the foundations of hard rock as Guns N’ Roses did. Brimming with raw energy, "The World's Most Dangerous Band" was once compared to Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones. Who knew?
Their Best Moment: Appetite for Destruction (Welcome to the Jungle and Sweet Child O’ Mine).
Turning Point: The breakup of the band’s classic lineup.
Green Day is often credited with reviving mainstream interest in Punk Rock music. The band became popular after enjoying underground success for a several years. Their breakthrough generated controversy which even to this day.
Their Best Moment: Undoubtedly their album Dookie.
Turning Point: The 2004 Rock Opera American Idiot.
Known for their fast-tempo and aggressive music, Metallica became one of the most popular and controversial bands out there.
Their Best Moment: Master of Puppets – In the words of Steve Huey of Allmusic, "the band's greatest achievement".
Turning Point: With the inclusion of Bob Rock and the band’s self-titled album in 1990, Metallica was never the same again.
Formed in 1992 and influenced by artists such as Pixies and Nirvana, Weezer went on to enjoy massive popularity at home and elsewhere.
Their Best Moment: Their self titled Weezer, also known as "The Green Album".
Turning Point: The band’s 2010 album Hurley had less to do with music and more to do with a sponsorship from a surf company.
One of the world’s highest-selling recording artists of all time, Genesis defined progressive rock. However, after the departure of the key member Peter Gabriel, it was a different story.
Their Best Moment: The classic 70s era and the albums Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot.
Turning Point: The departure of Gabriel and subsequent albums.