Greg Kot examines how Radiohead’s ‘customer is always right’ approach contrasts with music industry’s hardball tactics, and gets a fine quote from indie rock’s poster boy:
“I think what will happen is a lot of people will download the album for free,” says Spoon singer-guitarist Britt Daniel, “but when it goes on sale, I bet it’ll still be No. 1 [on the album chart]. The bands who get hurt by free file-sharing are [bad] bands. The good bands are going to do fine. Ten years ago, a label could say, ‘Hey, kids, buy this,’ and there was no way to judge if it was any good or not. You’d hear a song on radio or MTV, and that was it. You’d spend $15 for a CD with one good song on it. Now the Internet has made it easier for people to be discerning and decide what they want to pay for.”
Anyone got a guess as to what word Daniel actually used that Kot had to replace with “[bad]” for suitable publication in a family newspaper?