| ||People love pop, but people also love innovation... Is appreciating Big Star and the Velvets is elitist because fewer people know them? No, their records are pop music. It's likeable. And their experimentation within the pop sphere cannot be passed off as a exercise in frustration at the music world. As the Beatles and countless others, wealthy and poor, can attest, one can and should get fairly tired of playing the same brand of guitar pop. If not very popular (Chilton, Velvets) a change in sound is labeled "rebellion", while if one is already commercially successful (see Radiohead, Blur, Pearl Jam) it's a "success-sabotaging risk"? I don't think so.
The so-called "shunning of success," with the exception of Pearl Jam's musical politics, is equated throughout the article with changing one's sound. When living, breathing pen name Courtney Love claims that Radiohead "let her down," she's really saying they changed the path to commercial success. Damn them for breaking allegiance to that one and only pop sound that she knows and likes! Radiohead laughs last-- the impetus behind the next record's "new sound" is just as much a selling tool as the consistency to the previous one. Having altered the path once, showing their prowess and changing people's expectations, now they can take any musical route they choose, a freedom that's pretty attractive to any musician.|