||[Dec. 5th, 2006|12:41 pm]
The Question Club
You're in a band. It's struggling, but you release a new album, and one song in particular gets some airplay. The song has a nonsense title that someone thought up while stoned. It's a minor hit, enough where one topical comedian uses the song title as a reference to anti-semetic hate crimes. Due to that reference, the song becomes an anthem among skinheads and anti-semetic groups, who buy your cds en masse and show up in large groups at your concerts. Your band becomes linked to the anti-semetic movement, which is unfortunate, but your album's gone gold and you're selling out every show. Your merchandise is moving off the shelves, and record companies are lining up to sign you. The rest of the band goes along with the fan base, and shaves their heads, to promote their success. You're offended and bothered by this theme, but you're making so much money and enjoying the rock star lifestyle, you don't say anything. You just do your job and keep mum. Your band has become infamous the way Marilyn Manson had become infamous. Your venues have grown from small clubs to concert halls and stadiums.|
One day you walk out to do a show, and you notice it's SRO, and wall-to-wall fascists and skinheads and other anti-semetics. You spy a dozen Nazi flags flying. Your band has always flirted with the dark side, but now it's finally been swallowed up whole. Your moral dilemma heightens when you receive two bits of information: the rest of your tour has sold out, and every band member will pocket $2,000,000 if they do every show (10 shows remaining)...and there was 2 incidents of violent hate crimes in the town you just left, on the same night you performed, and 3 in the town before that. The rest of the band isn't as troubled by the negative association. "We just play our music. However they interpret it, it's not our fault. We're not haters. We're just doing our job"
Do you stay for the long haul and walk away filthy rich? Or do you get out now with your morality somewhat intact?