Fame is the kiss of death for certain bands isn‘t it?
They struggle away looking to get their music out to as wide an audience as possible, and yet when they do manage to do this their so called loyal fan base abandon them in droves.
Initially this exodus isn’t that obvious as the newly found fans mask the departure of the people who were originally raving about them.
It‘s only when they move on to pastures new to worship at the feet of the next big thing that the abandonment by the original fans becomes obvious, and then this leaves the band in the unenviable position of thinking “what the fuck just happened there“.
I don’t really understand this attitude from the so called fans though.
A good band is a good band regardless of the level of fame. A band in point is Soul Asylum.
Where they any different when they were playing club sized venues to the band that played the stadiums and had top ten hits?
The answer is no, of course they weren’t.
They were just doing what they did best, and when six albums in they hit on Grave Dancers Union they were in the right place at the right time to maximise on it. What’s wrong with that?
So I’m at a bit of a loss as to why the success was begrudged. Was there a bit of jealousy and a reluctance to share a favourite underground band with the nation? Maybe a bit of snobbery?
In their case wasn’t it just a case of more people actually coming around to the hardcore fans way of thinking? Isn’t that something to be celebrated rather than used as a reason to drop the band like the proverbial hot potato.
Stupid is as stupid does I guess.
So what brought this on?
Well I popped over to always excellent “Music Ruined My Life” blog this afternoon and there was a feature on Soul Asylum that struck a chord and got me thinking.
So the result was that I got off my high horse and upped this rather splendid bootleg of the band, and I challenge anyone based on this to say that the bands success had a detrimental affect on their talent. This is Pirner and co at the height if their fleeting brush with fame in venues across the US in 1982 and there’s not a duff track on it. Highlights for me are the two covers. One of Sexual Healing and the other a duet with Lulu, yes I said Lulu, on To Sir With Love.
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