Don't Buy My MusicBy Sasha Hecht
Hey, do you like Motörhead? Do ya like Motörhead enough to spend $600 on a collector's box set that contains no new material? No. Nobody does. Not even Motörhead. That's why they're boycotting themselves. Said Lemmy Kilmister in response to the outrageously priced collection:
So how and why does this thing even exist without the blessing of those responsible for its content? Well, as it turns out, the members of Motörhead don't actually own or control any of their own recordings. So just like Sony's quick-fire price hike to capitalize on Whitney Houston's death, label execs can use Motörhead tracks in whatever way they think is most likely to "earn" them that new addition on their St. Barth's summer house.
This isn't the first time we've seen a major musician fire back at gratuitous money-grubbing moves. Last November, Elvis Costello launched his "Steal This Album" campaign as a reaction to his The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook box set, priced at $202. But more and more, we're beginning to see independent artist--artists who don't have 20+ years of major label money-making to fall back on--take the leap.
Streetlight Manifesto have refrained from publicly airing their specific grievances with longtime label Victory, but have recently taken to their blog to petition their fans:
But of course, it would be impossible to avoid the big, pink, RIAA-evading elephant in the room:
Canuck indie-poppers Paper Lions, on the other hand, aren't afraid to air their dirty laundry, but then again, it's not like they really have anything to lose:
The Belfast band's answer to their injustices was to release the album for free on their own website, on their own terms. Will it pay off? Only time will tell, but hey, it seems to be doing wonders for their publicity. Hell, I've never even heard of these guys before today...
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