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Tool Frontman Questions Radiohead Album Strategy

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According to The Pulse of Radio, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan admitted to Spinner.com on Friday (November 16) that he's skeptical about RADIOHEAD's recent digital release of its new album, "In Rainbows". Keenan said that it was easy for a band as popular as RADIOHEAD to let its fans pay what they want for the record, explaining, "I love RADIOHEAD. They're a great band, but I do think — and I'll go on record now as saying I'll probably be wrong and time will tell — what they did is a one-trick pony in a way, 'cause it might work for a publicity thing to allow people to download it, but it's very comfortable for them to be able to do that. They're going to make lots of money touring and they've already made lots of money selling records."

While Keenan believes that the distribution of music has entered a new era, he told The Pulse of Radio that it will still have its share of problems. "One thing that I see the musicians wanting is more independence and, you know, more control over their destiny," he said. "The one downside to it is that for the most part, the reason they make music is because they're damaged goods and they're generally not that bright when it comes to making business decisions. So eventually the vampires that survive the aftermath of the industry collapse will figure out a way to get their fingers back into these guys."

Keenan told Spinner.com that giving away music could hurt smaller acts, saying, "The people it will affect are those in-between bands that all of a sudden got a catchy song and people start passing it around for free. Well, if the people that got it would actually have paid for (it), these guys may have been able to afford another record 'cause guess what, there are no more labels."

Keenan issued the debut album from his project PUSCIFER, titled "V Is For Vagina", through his own label last month.

TOOL kicked off a new North American tour last week and plays Monday night (November 19) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Cynic writes:

Yeah I'd have to agree with him here. Even worse is that Radiohead's new album isn't that great.

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2. RememberMetal? writes:

The industry is going to spend the next three decades puzzling over how to rebound from the implosion of 2000. Artists will be depending on touring (if they even break even) and the generosity of fans who still pick up albums and download legally.

With regards to the new Radiohead: I've played more exciting games of hopscotch.
Hail to the theif is unlawfully underrated by comparison to all the hype this thing is getting.

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# Nov 19, 2007 @ 8:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Cynic writes:

I know! I thought Hail to the Thief was great, Myxomatosis, 2 + 2 = 5, We Suck Young Blood - easily my favourite behind OK Computer. Despite "Knives Out" and some others I thought Kid A and Amnesiac were to... "washy". Oh and by the way RM? I gave Porcupine Tree a good listening to recently (they were the soundtrack to my exam study) and it's not half bad once you get into it.

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4. RememberMetal? writes:

Kid A and Amnesiac had their moments, but I consider them the poorest albums in the bands history after their debut. OK Computer, The Bends, and Hail to Thief being neck and neck where I stand...Never thought I'd be discussing this band here :-)

Concerning Porcupine Tree: "Not the easiest band to get into" but not for the reason most people use that expression.

It's amazing all the genres they've worked with from Up the Downstair to Fear of Blank Planet. Prog, rock, psychedelic, metal, trance, ambient, pop, metal. Next to Tool and Opeth probably one of the most important bands to me.

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5. cruor writes:

Imo the only good Radiohead cd was OK Computer but i thought all the others were mediocre but damn this new one is aweful
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