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Metallica, how could you? (tapes and mp3's)

 
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HardRocker
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2000 10:06 am    Post subject: Metallica, how could you? (tapes and mp3's) Reply with quote

excerpts from a great Salon article by Brian Lew, full article is here: [url=http://www.salon.com/ent/log/2000/05/09/metallica_fan/index.html] http://www.salon.com/ent/log/2000/05/09/metallica_fan/index.html[/url]


Come with me back to the Stone Age times of the early '80s, a time when VCRs were the size of small cars and we learned about computers in movies like "WarGames" and "Tron." There was a thriving heavy-metal underground at this time. Mainstream metal was dominated by hair bands like Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi and Poison. As with other underground scenes, this underground was born out of hatred for the mainstream of the day. The unwashed image of Motörhead was the aesthetic of this scene, not the spandex and hairspray of Mötley Crüe.

A big part of this scene was tape trading. Tape traders networked via the pen-pals section in English hard-rock magazines like Kerrang! and the now-defunct Sounds. There were few independent record labels at that time catering to the metal crowd; we traded demos and live tapes by dozens of bands who didn't have a record out. The metal underground was just as legitimate as any punk scene, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of the bands eventually had limited success; a few are still stumbling along (shout-outs go to Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer), but most of these bands never put out more than an album or a single, and the majority are now long forgotten (special shout-outs go to Jaguar, Blitzkrieg, Control and Anvil Chorus).

In 1982, an upstart band called Metallica provided a few tape-trading friends with a demo tape of seven songs, called "No Life 'Til Leather." Dubbed and re-dubbed and re-re-dubbed, the tape made its way from California to Chicago, to New York, to England, to Holland, to Germany. Within months, the band had fans worldwide -- without the benefit of a publicist, an A&R person or a marketing budget. It's anybody's guess how many people were actually involved in this tape-trading network, but a good number of these charter Metallica fans were budding rock journalists who wrote for the various underground metal zines and magazines of the time (added shout outs go to Metal Mania, Whiplash, Aardschok, and Metal Forces); their enthusiasm for this unknown California band was very soon transmitted to thousands of their readers.

The tape-trading days of the early '80s were very innocent. It was all for the love of the commodity -- er, music. To their credit, Metallica are one of the few to claw their way out of that metal underground scene; it's also to their credit that they're still going strong. Still, the fact that they're attempting to crush something that would allow a young upstart band the same kind of underground exposure once afforded them is ironic.


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Night-Breed



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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2000 12:16 pm    Post subject: Metallica, how could you? (tapes and mp3's) Reply with quote

Brian Lew seems to have been reading our HardBoard posts. Theiving bastard. I'll bet he didn't have a cool link to the "Go F### Yourself" page though. Or the e-Bay auction either for that fact...
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2000 11:03 pm    Post subject: Metallica, how could you? (tapes and mp3's) Reply with quote

I am gonna sue, on behalf of all Hardboardians, the writer of that article for stealing everything we have said here on Hardradio.
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Iron Chef



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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2000 11:15 pm    Post subject: Metallica, how could you? (tapes and mp3's) Reply with quote

Damn straight...sounded like something I wrote here a couple weeks earlier, though maybe not in so many words. So many people keep bringing up these points, though; how could Metallica be missing it? It's insane.
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THE TROOPER



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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2000 7:29 pm    Post subject: Metallica, how could you? (tapes and mp3's) Reply with quote

this post is a little off topic, but why the hell does he mention Bon Jovi and Poison when talking about '82?? Bon Jovi didn't hit it real big till 86 or 87, and Poison was a couple years after that, yet Poison has become the Icon for all 80's music, it seems like. Kinda pisses me off. Hell, Maiden alone made the 80's a great decade for music.
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DeathtofalseMetal



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2000 3:53 pm    Post subject: Metallica, how could you? (tapes and mp3's) Reply with quote

Never before has it been easier to steal and pirate music.

Yet CD sales are up 8% this quarter over the same quarter last year.

The sky is falling.
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