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Wednesday, September 03, 2003
In my semi-role as semi-A&R, I received today an e-mail from a lawyer with the following text, which I thought you guys might be interested in reading:

Material: Much like Matchbox Twenty or the Goo Goo Dolls, Big Bad Zero's pop-rock product is saturated with commercial appeal. Each song is meticulously framed around traditional radio formats; blending melodic harmonies with hook-laden choruses and lyrics that are easy to relate to. Given the smooth finish of their material and the marketability of this style, this band could easily find their way onto nationwide radio and beyond.

Now, please, everyone, remember this. This--no moral judgment implied--is "selling out." Compare that to oh, say, REM, and I think you'll have a hard time saying they, or the White Stripes, or whoever, "sold out." It's just not the same, is it?

Of course, this is all to say nothing of the fact that the formula for pop-rock success is apparently now Matchbox Twenty, and how sad is that.

That REM thing at Fluxblog is well worth reading, by the by, as the comments that resulted were pretty interesting, methinks.