Alle, alle auch sind frei!
That was a cruel joke played by the Nazi's with their prisoners, but 'ollie ollie oxen free' might be the rallying cry for many signed bands to get free and make music with out the pressure of getting on mTV. Most bands would not want to be forced into a mold to sell records. Well most bands WE respect here at inALLcaps.
"Selling out" refers to the compromising of one's integrity, morality and principles in exchange for money, 'success' (however defined) or other personal gain. It is commonly associated with attempts to increase mass appeal or acceptability to mainstream society. A person who does this, as opposed to continuing along his or her original path, is labelled a sellout and typically disregarded. Selling out is often seen as fickle; gaining success at the price of lost credibility.
The punk band The Matches have a song on their album Decomposer that reminds me of this struggle. This song is definitely about money, to me. The money being what cuts his skin. He's a 'mark for their marketing plans' which to me means that he's falling into what most bands do when they try to make it big. They have to change their style of their songs or whatever, not because they want to, but because someone else thinks that it's good marketing.
[Download The Matches Papercut Skin]
But this band doesn't seem to be rolling in dough.
I found this quote about the making of the video for "Yankee In A Chip Shop":
The only money spent on this video came out of my pocket-- I’d been saving up checks from art jobs just to shoot this second video for our new record-- one that there was no budget for in our recording contract, but that I was passionate about, and knew that people would be tickled to see.
Saving money from ART JOBS?
Well at least the bands hands are clean, so far. It must be tough for a band to make a living and yet not appear to sell out.