Monday, 3 August 2009

Gene Simmons Fixes The Music Industry

This quotes are from an interview with Gene Simmons, in which he gives his opinion on the state of the music industry. I think he has something against freckles. And college.

There is nothing in me that wants to go in there and do new music. How are you going to deliver it? How are you going to get paid for it if people can just get it for free?
The record industry doesn't have a f*cking clue how to make money. It's only their fault for letting foxes get into the henhouse and then wondering why there's no eggs or chickens. Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid's face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning. Those kids are putting 100,000 to a million people out of work. [I don't know where he gets these facts from - presumably nowhere.] How can you pick on them? They've got freckles. That's a crook. He may as well be wearing a bandit's mask.
Doesn't affect me. But imagine being a new band with dreams of getting on stage and putting out your own record. Forget it.

I open a store and say "Come on in and pay whatever you want." Are you on f*cking crack? Do you really believe that's a business model that works?
The most important part is the music. [Tiny bit of a contradiction there..] Without that, why would you care? Even the idea that you're considering giving the music away for free makes it easier to give it away for free. The only reason why gold is expensive is because we all agree that it is. There's no real use for it, except we all agree and abide by the idea that gold costs a certain amount per ounce. As soon as you give people the choice to deviate from it, you have chaos and anarchy. And that's what going on.
He says anarchy like it's a bad thing. I definitely have dreams of putting out my own record. But I don't have dreams of a major label putting it out, which the base he builds his whole argument on.

Anyway the point is this guy Joel Tenenbaum got sued far more money than he could ever pay for downloading (and uploading) some songs. And this is what Gene Simmons wants. Although maybe anyone who downloads Kiss songs deserves everything they get.

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