I was discussing music with a friend of mine last night, and we started talking about the actual song where a band sells out. I can pinpoint a few, such as:
Jewel - “Intuition.” Jewel had always had my respect as an artist in her older stuff. I thought that Pieces of You was a brilliant album, but when she veered away from the acoustic guitar for a techno track, I tuned out.
Metallica - “Enter Sandman.” They caught a lot of flack for selling out with the release of the “Black” album, as it featured shorter, more radio-friendly songs.
Liz Phair - “Why Can’t I?” Phair had always been a rocker. A mess-with-me-and-I’ll-hurt-you kinda girl. When she released a simple “love” song (albeit about two people who are involved with other people), it sorta went against everything she’d already established.
Aerosmith - “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.” Some will say that they sold out before this song, but when they recorded a love song for Steven Tyler’s daughter’s movie (which, from what I understand, was written about his daughter, but sounds more like a song from one lover to another), they jumped the over-cliched shark.[/ul]
Any others? I’m trying to pinpoint the exact song, if at all possible.