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Re: Sellouts and RadioSonic
On Wed, 26 Nov 1997, **shawn morris** wrote:
> Stereolab only released a handful of singles, two EP's, and did a singles
> comp all within the span of a year before signing there souls away. Which
point of order, stereolab are still on an indie label in all of europe,
or at least an ostensible indie label. Too pure. they are distributed
by elektra in the states, and god knows where else. they are a "cred"
signing for elektra, much in the same way sonic youth are for dgc - a
band who is respected in the indie world enough so that elektra get cool
points for having them on their label. they still maintain and release
things on their own label, duophonic, as well. i assume that they are a
low priority for the label - that is, no one expects hem to make much
money - but are also afforded a great deal more freedom than a cash cow
would be. sloan was expected to be a cash cow, they were signed not
because of any status or cool factor they would've brought to dgc, but
rather because they were expected to ride the grunge rock wave to sucess
and make everyone oodles of cash. needless to say, that has yet to happen.
stereolab (respected internationally), and sloan (hardly known outside of
their home country) are completely different bands who exist in
completely different strata of the music industry. they were signed with
completely different expectations by major labels and under completely
different terms. comparing one's position, or relative indie cred to the
other is useless. saying stereolab signed their souls away is ridiculous.