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Not really. It can be really annoying when people suddenly start proclaiming themselves to be huge fans, and I'll say "Oh what did you think of their album ____" and these people are like "Oh, I don't know it". Like when they only know the band's more popular stuff yet act like they are huge huge fans. I also don't like the perception that I'm only into something because it's popular. But to actually stop liking a band for being popular is silly, unless they have dramatically changed their style - even in that case, you have to understand from the band's point of view that they don't want 10 albums that sound the same, and just because their newer style is more received in the mainstream doesn't mean the band only changed to fit the mainstream.

I think to start hating a band for the sole reason that they are now successful is terrible; it's like hating your favorite actor/celebrity/musician or whatever for getting married - they are never going to marry you so why not be happy for them? Same with bands - why not be happy for their success? Surely you wouldn't want them to struggle to sell records and concert tickets and all that?! If they are really your favorite band, you wouldn't want them to be unsuccessful forever, just so you have that mystery of liking a band no one else does.
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Date: 2010-07-13 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] richard-vw.livejournal.com
As much as I've used the term "sold out" before, it's true that we don't know whether the band's new sound just happens to be more popular, or that they deliberately tried to be mainstream. I think if any musician was willing to sacrifice their own music style etc. just to be successful, then chances are they would have started in the mainstream, doing only what they needed to do to be popular.
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Date: 2010-07-14 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] richard-vw.livejournal.com
Oh, I don't know what it is, but people who are like "Oh yay groupies" or "I'm their biggest fan" etc. etc., I just can't take them as seriously as a fan. These bands are not going to work their way around you, and you're just one of many fans to them! :L Of course, when someone I like gets together with someone, initially I'm like NOOOOO, but hey, in the end, you want them to be happy.

About sticking with the band through the highs and lows - of course. No one wants their band to be so unsuccessful that they don't have enough money to pay their bills! I think young people especially are so desperate to be "unique"; that might be why they get so upset when people know their band?!


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