Sounds like the film Airheads...
Anyway, reminds me of something that happened to me recently...
As you may or may not know, I'm a big fan of Thunder
, a UK Rock Band. Well, recently Thunder have reformed. They broke up because they hated so many things about the Music Business. Two words that the singer says can never really go together well.
Anyway, they reformed because they realised they simply love making music. However, they did something different this time around. They did it themselves. No record label, management, etc. So, they relied on their fanbase, their internet site, and word of mouth.
They released an E.P. entitled Thunder, Back For The Crack
And sold this through the internet. They then used sales from this to finance their new album. They sold this through the internet, but stated that for a high chart position, it would have to be bought from HMV. They then used sales to finance a single, the first song from the album, LOSER
They then said that this could ONLY be bought from HMV. They urged fans to buy it and tell everyone else to buy it. If it made it into the top 40 then it would be a wonderful achievement for a band without a record label. Also, if they made it into the top 40, they would then be guaranteed airplay.
So I rang up some radio stations.
I was told that they wouldn't play it. It wasn't what people wanted nowadays. I told them that I was asking for it, so some people must want it. I also told them that since it was hovering just outside the Top 40, then some people must want to listen to it. Still, no-one would play it. I was annoyed with the Catch 22 situation of, we won't play it until it's in the Top 40, but it needs to be played to get into the Top 40.
A shame, because it finished at number 47 I think. A few hundred more sales and they would have had radio airplay and possibly made it onto Top Of The Pops.
Ah well, I'll shut up now and go and see them on their November tour !