Originally Posted by tricky
Clash is a really good example, and it also emphasizes that bands rarely lay out all of their cards on their debut album. People gave the Clash a lot of crap for Give Em Enough Rope when that came out, but looking back, it showed that they were more facets to the band than "White Riot. " Perhaps they overreached with Sandinista and went too far away from their strengths. In any case, the NME model of overhyping first albums can be destructive for the growth of bands. Most bands need at least 3 albums before they know what they are.
Ok, yes i think hte bands of today are beholden in a different way. Their lables and the bottomlines are less interested in allowing things and sounds to find their way over time. The revenue and results in shortterm gain is hampering the process of creativity.
That said , in no way do i endorse the opposite , namely eternal fiddling around and no output / nothing to show for.
The US in the 70s had a better level in its blend for music and artists in general many say.