That's an interesting point.
One band that kind of sprung to mind while I was listening to Corgan talk about social media and the net not panning out so well for artists was Ok Go -- a band that I don't particularly like, but that seems to be able to keep making money from a brand built not, I don't think, on albums at all, but on a stream of clever individual videos and clever live shows that dovetail with the videos. And people will keep going to see that band, at least for a while, because it's kind of more like going to see Blue Man Group or Stomp! or something, although I don't doubt that their fans actually like their music too.
― Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 4 May 2012 21:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
And that band is a great example. I don't think anyone who watches those videos, whether it be fans or casual viewers, give a flying fuck who is in that band. Probably the entire band could be replaced and no one would care. They know the band as OK GO and that's about it. They're there for the spectacle and the entertainment, and if anyone's watching it, it's because at that particular moment, the spectacle is better than some other spectacle available at that moment.
― Poliopolice, Friday, 4 May 2012 21:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
cannot think the words "the world is a vampire" unless recited in corgan's snarl. absolutely cannot.
― kelpolaris, Friday, 4 May 2012 22:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
Do you find yourself thinking those words in other contexts?
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 4 May 2012 22:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
Everytime I see Billy Corgan, I'm reminded of the video he did for his band Hexen, probably years before the Pumpkins. It's hard to hate him after that, even as pompous as he often comes across.
James Iha is still what made that band tick.
― Matt M., Friday, 4 May 2012 23:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
James Iha is still what made that band tick tolerable.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 May 2012 13:57 (1 year ago) Permalink
I said that as a guy who is most distinctly not a fan of the band.
― Matt M., Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
that's because bands and albums are not the currency of relevancy anymore; it's songs. And as long as those songs are in circulation (ipods, video games, commercials, etc.) they have currency.
So it's like the 60's all over again, where a band could have one or two hit singles and tour the oldies circuit more or less indefinitely. If that's the case then I really don't have a problem with it, FWIW.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 5 May 2012 18:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
recorded music is still absolutely monetizable but the money is, always has been, always will be in the carrier.
― yo just a couple (Matt P), Saturday, 5 May 2012 18:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
or controlling the carrier, more accurately.
― yo just a couple (Matt P), Saturday, 5 May 2012 18:41 (1 year ago) Permalink