Selling out doesn't have to be a bad thing on principle. While the more radio-friendly sounds a band has to offer might not have their best material, it's a great way for young hard rockers to get used to this heavier style of music. However, when some bands go too far, it's a burn you won't soon forget.
Over the years, many bands have come out with records that are a shell of the band we know, with songs that sound as hollow and insipid as the worst of pop music.
Instead of reaching into their souls to bring their audience quality material, these songs are the equivalent of just cashing a check and coaxing off the goodwill of your already existing fanbase. Whether that be to just redo the formula over again or hop on the trendy sounds of the day, these artists have a lot to answer for given the sound of these records.
That's not to say that all of these records tarnished these bands' reputation. For as much cringe is on display here, many of these artists have been able to turn it around and bounce back with some of the best tracks of their career. But with these records as the predecessor, they certainly had a long road back to normalcy.
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