Pink Slipped: The 7 Best Artists to Be Dropped from Their Label
Unexpectedly, it became a huge underground hit and garnered mass-media attention for their poor treatment by their label and their groundbreaking way of releasing the album. It not only got them a deal with Nonesuch Records, but it made Wilco a household name among indie music fans.
2. MC5: One of the single most influential garage-rock and protopunk bands of the '60s, it's almost incalculable how many bands followed in the MC5's footsteps, particularly in their attitude. The result of that attitude was "kick out the jams, motherfucker" being printed on the album sleeve of their first album, Kick Out the Jams.
Hudson's department stores raised a fuss and, in true punk fashion, MC5 took out an ad for the album that simply said "Fuck Hudson's" in big, bold letters. Considering all this was being done with the Elektra Records logo in the fine print, Elektra had finally had enough and terminated their involvement with the band for fear Hudson's would no longer stock their records.
Hudson's went out of business in 2001, but MC5 and their punk lineage live on today.
1. The Stooges: The Stooges were "that" band for so many people. They were a result of the same prototypical punk attitude and sound that had birthed MC5. If most of punk owes its origins to MC5, it owes even more to the Stooges. But the Stooges had similar problems with the Elektra Records label, and just a few years after MC5's shameful dropping, they also dropped the Stooges.
The Stooges went on hiatus briefly before being picked up by David Bowie and recording their heaviest album to date, Raw Power, for Columbia Records. Though the mix is legendarily bad, it had become a staple of any music fan's collection and continues to inspire bands today.
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