What happened to the integrity of bands? It really seems like rock and roll has truly died out....
I did a little research on Train and Maroon 5, and this is what I've found. THEY DON'T WRITE THEIR OWN MATERIAL ANYMORE! And it makes a lot of sense.......their music doesn't sound ANYTHING like it used to. Yea, their records are selling, and hitting the charts, but that's not the point. This business of selling records....it's corrupt. It's a gimmick, and at times, it's fraud. Train and Maroon 5 were pretty much dead for the past decade or so, and here they come out of nowhere. It's not because they found new material to write; it's because these entrepreneurs had an idea: "Hey, why don't we use dead bands like Maroon 5 and Train to make money? They are already established, and they have a large fan base. We'll make the songs, and they'll just perform it."
Hey, it's good music. That's all that matters, right? I agree. They are catchy tunes. However, this has to do with "selling out." Selling out is when you compromise your art. Selling out is when making music is no long about making music - it's about business. Selling out is when you lose your integrity. Selling out is when you sell your soul.
Of course, musician's gotta make money. But it has to do with the context. If The Beatles announced, "Hey, we're not gonna write our own music anymore; they're gonna be written by people you've never heard about. Don't worry though, they have a few #1 hits under their belt," I'm pretty sure there would be an outrage. Actually, The Beatles changed their sound throughout the years, but it was still all music written by the band. That's exactly the point......if you run out of material, then as a disciple of music, take new sounds from new influences and incorporate them! If The Beatles gave up after their first few albums....then they never would've made Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, who many agree, might quite possibly be the most important album ever.
I guess the real problem is. If you're going to have your music written for you, then don't call yourself a band. Call yourself a "group." Well, I'm running out of time, so I'll just leave it at that. I had fun with this one.