SUCCESS, n. The one unpardonable sin against one's fellows.
"Delving deep into my letterbox when I discovered
Fan-mail for MC Front (noo!)
It kind of hovered
Before my vision
I made a decision
To open it up;
It said 'Yo Frontalot, you suck!'
Whew, I was worried for a second that I'd started to earn love
Seeking all my indie points burned up..."
— MC Frontalot, Indier Than Thou
"Do you think that they're too cool now,
That being popular is lame?
You're the ones who made them popular,
All the songs are still the same"
— Five Iron Frenzy, "Handbook for the Sellout"
"She used to be good. Now she's becoming popular!"
—Will Shakespeare, Irregular Webcomic!
Lois: I think you just got to be in the "out" group. Whoever's on top, whoever's in power, whoever's successful, you gotta be on the other side or you don't feel like the smartest guy in the room. All you are, my dear, is a contrarian.
Brian: Oh, please, you could not be more off base.
Lois:: Oh, yeah? Let me ask, what did you think of the movie Titanic?
Brian: Horrible, one of the worst movies ever made.
Lois: Mm-hm, what about Slumdog Millionaire?
Brian: Overrated, just a terrible movie.
Brian: Actually not a bad film. You know, as classically structured cinema, Cocktail was one of the best films of its era.
Lois: You make me sick, Brian.
"If you work in entertainment and you make money, then you're a sellout."
— South Park.
"I'm off to listen to bands you kids have never heard of, and when they go major I'll be there to complain about how much they've sold out!"
— Uzuki Yashiro, The World Ends with You
"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."
"There was a time when I should have felt terribly ashamed of not being up-to-date...Why should I have my feelings outraged, why should I submit to being bored and disgusted for the sake of somebody else’s categorical imperative? Why? There is no reason. So I simply avoid most of the manifestations of that so-called 'life' which my contemporaries seem to be so unaccountably anxious to 'see'; I keep out of range of the 'art' they think is so vitally necessary to 'keep up with'; I flee from those 'good times' in the 'having' of which they are prepared to spend so lavishly of their energy and cash."
—Aldous Huxley, Silence is Golden
"Nobody goes there any more. It's too crowded.
— Yogi Berra
"For the first twelve weeks of Jaws, people were thrilled by it. Six months later, they were saying that no film that made that amount of money could be any good."
"The first song I heard didn't sound so bad, and I said to myself: 'Hey! Perhaps I am still fairly hip after all!' And then the deejay came on and said, apologetically: 'I realize that song was mainstream.' He said "mainstream" the way you would say 'composed by Phoenicians.' Then he played a song entitled—I am not making this up—'Detachable Penis.'"
— Dave Barry, "The Old-Timers Game"
“Nothing ruins a good thing quite like knowing you share your opinions with mindless little tits.”
"One should always support the independents. At least until they start making money, the soulless sellout fucks."
"I’d like it more if everyone else would agree to like it less."
"Nine Inch Nails were the best and most popular industrial band of all time; as a consequence, industrial purists usually assert that Nine Inch Nails aren't an industrial band at all."
— Chuck Klosterman
"What people leave out when they start waxing poetic about the days when bands sold tapes out of a van after shows in dingy nightclubs is the part where their favorite musicians also keep a day job and die of a tooth infection because they can't afford health insurance."
In Real Life, money makes the world go around. It's all well and good talking about how something should be about 'The Art Of It', and not about the money, but in the real world You. Need. Money. That nice little guitar of his that Mr. Crowe uses to strum out his art and all that? Yeah, you need to keep that thing in good shape, you need to clean it, you need to replace broken strings, you need food so the muscles in your arms don't atrophy and you're incapable of lifting a guitar... But in this comic, they're not living in the real world; they're living in a fool's paradise where they feel the need to rebel against their privileged environments because of 'The Man' or some other bullcrap.
"Thou shalt not stop liking a band simply because they've become popular."
— Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Thou Shalt Always Kill
Brian: It wouldn't be medieval fantasy without a little bit of whoring.
Brad: If you're watching Game of Thrones, you can't joke about midget porn anymore. They're bringing midget porn into the mainstream, it's not kinky anymore.
— Jade Regent, episode 16, from RPGMP3