Smith Calls Radiohead Selfish
2009-10-06 by Caleb McAlpine | 54 Comments

No less than two years after the album's release, Tom Smith, frontman of British indie group Editors, has declared Radiohead's In Rainbows to be "selfish." Smith feels that because Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien has spoken up against illegal file-sharing with the Featured Artist Coalition, the "pay-what-you-want" method for the album was unjustified: "in giving it away for free, it didn't feel like it had any connection to the bigger problem and it was selfish"

He continued: "I think the big artists have a responsibility for the smaller artists, to speak up when things are going wrong."

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VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2009

886 Comments


Because they care what you think.

Ricven
October 6th 2009

207 Comments


For a second I thought the title was referring to The Smiths.

PuddlesPuddles
October 6th 2009

4772 Comments


^ Me too, I was worried

WoodLawn
October 6th 2009

134 Comments


Smith continued:

"It's like music is just background [for file-sharers], you can just grab bits and pieces rather than an album as a whole"

So I'm assuming if I download whole albums he'd be just fine with it?

Spare
October 6th 2009

5271 Comments


editors are gay now anyway

Klekticist
October 6th 2009

1259 Comments


haha woodlawn.

Altmer
October 6th 2009

5652 Comments


i thought this was about the cure

CrazyFool84
October 6th 2009

1080 Comments


WAHHHHHHHHHHHHH :'(

I download full albums, so we're cool.

dotherightthing
October 6th 2009

15 Comments


Alright. You can't just pick a side because you're a Radiohead fan. Smith makes a valid point. Although I don't believe the pay-what-you-want method is the same as file-sharing, it doesn't do anything but attempt to give Radiohead credibility. They didn't do it for the fans, they did it because they were free of a label and they didn't need the sales to pay for their tour. The Editors on the other hand obviously need sales to recoup expenses, and rightfully see this as a threat to the DIY ethics of up and coming bands. It's like if the most popular girl in school started giving away ipods. We also can't hate the man because his last name is the same as a more well-known musician, one who now looks like a parody of himself.

WoodLawn
October 6th 2009

134 Comments


I'm not picking sides just because I'm a Radiohead fan. His argument is just weak. His reasoning for why downloading is wrong (that it stops people from listening to full albums) is flawed, as I showed in my previous post. It's pretty clear that he is only using that line of argument because he doesn't want to look like a sell-out and complain about lack of money and sales. For your complaint that Radiohead only gave their album away for "credibility" (and not for the fans, which is dubious), I'm surprised you didn't pick up on the fact that Smith is doing the exact same thing, only in his case it is much more obvious.

I also don't get how giving away your album HURTS DIY ethics. Isn't that like the opposite? All the bands I listen to that promote DIY ethics (Men as Trees, Relics etc.) literally give their shit away for free or charge tiny amounts for it ($7 for a homemade Relics T-shirt? MaT's full discography is free on their site.) I would argue (as would most on this site, I'm assuming) that if it wasn't for file-sharing I would not have heard of 99% of the bands I currently love.


"We also can't hate the man because his last name is the same as a more well-known musician, one who now looks like a parody of himself."

We can't? Fuck.




Waior
October 6th 2009

11451 Comments


'Smith Calls Radiohead Selfish' was chosen because 'Editors Frontman Calls Radiohead Selfish' and 'Tom Smith Calls Radiohead Selfish' wouldn't fit.

Prophet178
October 6th 2009

6397 Comments


Yeah because giving something away for free that you've put your heart and soul into is the definition of selfish. What an idiot.

Mouth
October 6th 2009

197 Comments


BAWW THEY DID SOMETHING NICE WHY ARENT YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO ME ANYMORE

druglesshippie
October 6th 2009

182 Comments


The Cure kick motherfucking ass. Nobody with the second name Smith should become a musician, because Robert Smith owns them all. He beats them over the head with his cock.

Mark E. Smith>Robert Smith. Sorry. The Fall>The Cure

drapht00
October 6th 2009

14 Comments


The Editors on the other hand obviously need sales to recoup expenses


Eh? How much money do you think bands make off album sales? Even on an indie label that supposedly is all about the artist they don't get crap. it's all about touring and merchandise. Getting sales makes money for the label, not the band. You could argue that more sales means the label (indie or not) will be willing to put more money into promotion, in turn making more money off touring and merchandise. Would it really make that big of a difference? I'd bet on no.

erasedcitizen
October 6th 2009

716 Comments


Once again, an artist's failure to understand that his "business" is not necessarily profitable. You should re-name the article "Tom versus Thom: Briton Bash"

burnafterbreeding
October 6th 2009

1466 Comments


Because they care what you think.


qft

DhA
October 6th 2009

421 Comments


"smith" can fuck off - at least admit you're worried about money, don't pretend people aren't downloading full albums. even lily allen's argument was mroe respectable.

jagride
October 6th 2009

2303 Comments


The Fall are awesome. Way more interesting than the Cure

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2009

7325 Comments


you'd never know he has a new album to promote...

new editors record is pretty bad also, and i quite like their older stuff

LiquidVelvet
October 6th 2009

628 Comments


The Cure are best, and this guy is putting Smiths the world round to shame

Mr. Lizard
October 6th 2009

632 Comments


Editors make gay anthems oty now so it's all good

BrandNewBoognish
October 6th 2009

1021 Comments


Oh and wait, you're that guy that gave 5 star ratings to every Brand New album, Death Cab for Cutie,
and the Libertines. Yes, definitely an ignorant fool.

Mr. Lizard
October 6th 2009

632 Comments


How I wrote elastic man

BrandNewBoognish
October 6th 2009

1021 Comments


Roach, come get some more fail. As usual you have nothing remotely intelligent to say. Your taste in music sucks ass, face it dude.

jagride
October 6th 2009

2303 Comments


^Well, that was retarded..

Anyhoo, the Editors are boring and are not fit to lick Thom Yorkes boots

Shrapnel94
October 6th 2009

2213 Comments


So since Radiohead gave away an album for free, they're selfish?

Someone correct me if im missing anything, my brain is mud right now.

Teddy Picker
October 6th 2009

280 Comments


If whole albums are cool, then I wil play it safe and stick with discographys.

Prophet178
October 6th 2009

6397 Comments


Your taste in cock sucks ass.


That comment was seriously gaytarded, doesn't make any sense and its gay to the n'th degree.

jagride
October 6th 2009

2303 Comments


^yes, well judging from holyroach's comments in this thread, he is a sad example of the modern day phenomenon known as the 'internet tough guy'. Don't mock him, his everyday life is punishment enough.

BrandNewBoognish
October 6th 2009

1021 Comments


Kids, stay away from lobotomized people

Mouth
October 6th 2009

197 Comments


i think holyroach is a pretty cool guy, eh acts tough on the inetrnet and doesn't afraid of anything!

Mouth
October 6th 2009

197 Comments


thats why i stick to /mu/

it's fine until /b/ crashes and they come and fuck shit up

BrandNewBoognish
October 6th 2009

1021 Comments


Yeah, because the fashion sense of the people writing the material really matters and makes it 'stale'. I don't even like 4chan, but fuck, roach you say the most retarded shit ever. You are possibly the most retarded sputniker around. Congratulations bro

Epilogue
October 6th 2009

1590 Comments


dude seriously you have got to change your avatar

Mouth
October 6th 2009

197 Comments


holyroach how are you not banned yet



actually dont answer i'll do your part of the conversation for you

blah blah, blah blah blah, joke with a strong essence of homophobia, blah blah blah.


Mouth
October 6th 2009

197 Comments


because that's exactly why i'm using it.

Mouth
October 6th 2009

197 Comments


sure why not

Waior
October 6th 2009

11451 Comments


you're that guy that gave 5 star ratings to every Brand New album, Death Cab for Cutie,
and the Libertines. Yes, definitely an ignorant fool.


But the Brand New and Death Cab albums are all awesome records... :/

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2009

20856 Comments


"new editors record is pretty bad also, and i quite like their older stuff"

Ali is spot on. I've been listening to it non-stop for the past few days & it's giving me a headache. Review will be up come the weekend.

And you know who is selfish? Smith is. See those 3 guys with him in the photo above. Lord knows what they do on the new album!


Ricven
October 6th 2009

207 Comments


I'm wearing a black t-shirt and glasses...am I an asshole? =(

Mouth
October 6th 2009

197 Comments


i'm wearing a grey t-shirt and contacts

im halfway there

Mouth
October 6th 2009

197 Comments


o bby dont bring that up here

jagride
October 6th 2009

2303 Comments


A BRIEF SELECTION OF HOLYROACH QUOTES, FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT

The Fall are fucking gay


He beats them over the head with his cock

No more worrying about your wide asshole, from now on your lovers will think your an anal virgin.

Your Dad's cock is punishment enough

Why, have you gave them all AIDS?

Your taste in cock sucks ass.





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Mouth
October 6th 2009

197 Comments


i would but my butt hurts too much whenever i even think about thinking about it, i get all lightheaded and i feel woozy


edit: stop posting so fast, fucking nigger dicks

Mouth
October 6th 2009

197 Comments


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Waior
October 6th 2009

11451 Comments


Another completely degenerative conversation brought to you by Sputnik.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2009

20856 Comments


I know. Didn't I post my comment at completely the wrong time.

bloc
October 6th 2009

34752 Comments


a ban will happen soon, i guarantee it.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2009

31072 Comments


@holyroach: Post on youtube much?

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MIRAI87
October 7th 2009

249 Comments


...Because giving your material away for free when you're Radiohead and otherwise could've made $$$$$$$$$ out the ass is definitely selfish.

WTF are the people above me talking about?



dotherightthing
October 7th 2009

15 Comments


This kind of went from a debate to a bunch of people calling each other gaytards. Is this absolutepunk?

Kinda makes you not want to contribute.


BrandNewBoognish
October 7th 2009

1021 Comments


It went from a debate to holyroach being a complete retard, as usual.

cirq
October 7th 2009

9263 Comments


Holy roach



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