Backdoor Boogie

30,000 bands can't be too wrong -- CD Baby hands 'em independence

Which isn't to say that it always sucks to get signed. If Columbia calls Fatigo tomorrow and offers to put their music in a million homes with the snap of its fingers, the band probably ain't turning that down.

With an explosion of CD Babys, however, who would really need the majors to make decent money? The combination of MP3 swapping and touring helps pump the music to the masses, and with enough talent and drive, the support will come. The street success of MC Hammer years ago, the Dave Matthews Band in the early '90s and, more recently, Napster darlings O.A.R. proves that. People will buy the scratchiest vinyl out of a phone booth if they like you.

Fuck the A&R man. If Kick & Scream had a shred of musical talent, its record sure as hell would be up there now. Christopher O'Connor

Got a problem with Kick & Scream? Let's hear it. Contact the author at his online address: christopher.oconnor@newtimes.com.

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