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The members of a successful but sold-out rock band lament the good old days
Stage Manager: Bart, You've got to go on.
Bart Simpson: Slag off!
Milhouse Van Houten: You've changed, man. It used to be about the music.
Bart Simpson: I said slag off!Disclaimer: This article is not for debate about what qualifies as selling out, only fictional examples where someone has lamented it in their own perception. Witness the above dialogue, from a flash-forward fantasy with an adult Bart Simpson and adult Milhouse, "The Otto Show" episode of The Simpsons: THIS was already a reference to just about every rock biopic ever made about a band that "sold out before they got back to their roots". Related to Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. Is that moment where they realized they have sold out, or the moment a fan or an old friend tells them they have. They may or may not take heed. They may be victims of Executive Meddling. It might be the moment before they spiral into total destruction, or the event that precedes them making a comeback album clear of commercial production values, their megalomanic producer or all those phony hangers-on telling them what direction the public wants them to go. We may see a flashback of their schoolboy days when they first discovered Mississippi Blues, contrasted with their later voracious appetites for Hookers and Blow. It seems to be the general tone of movies ranging from the wildly parodic "mock rockumentary" This Is Spinal Tap to the slightly more wistful comedy Still Crazy, though one might struggle to find a specific scene that represents this trope. Both owe a debt to the documentary Let It Be, however. Present in nearly every episode of Behind The Music, and may be present in many musician autobiographies. However, for these, we want to limit it to when the band members in question have written or spoken of their band's moment of "selling out" in bios and documentaries, which leads us to the next point... No Real Life Examples, Please!, such as the point that YOU felt the real life band in question sold out (e.g. "We Built This City", anyone? No? Yeah, let's not go there.)