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The Spin I’m In: Nailed?

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I'm not sure if this has been proven yet or not…but I came across this the other day.

In a nutshell, MSN hosts an "Artist Of The Month" poll and this month some savvy Nine Inch Nails fans thought there might be something fishy going on. How, they wondered, could it possibly be that their beloved NIN would be losing an internet popularity poll to a relatively "unknown" band called The Bravery? NIN's fans pride themselves on their ability to mobilize swiftly online.  I think the poll is rather silly, the other artists that you can vote for are Avril Lavigne and Patti Smith. But I don't like the idea of a record label stinking up an internet poll that fans are really trying to win. Stuff like this is really important to fans. 

I originally thought, yeah who are The Bravery anyway??? Never heard of ‘em. What a scam. Another example of election stealing. Of course Nine Inch Nails would have more votes. They have way more blogs, chat rooms, ‘registered' fans (whatever that means) and albums. But then I dug in deeper and did my own investigating (went to I-Tunes) and low and behold The Bravery are now on their second record. I click on the first three songs and they sounded vaguely familiar. I'd heard them somewhere before on a TV commercial or the radio. Hence the hole in the "fabulous fraud exposé" that I was going to bring you all this week. The Bravery are pretty big, with well over a million profile views on their MySpace page, lots of videos up on YouTube, etc… but bigger than Nine Inch Nails???

So if Geffen Records did rig this poll, which is still a strong possibility, shame on them. But whatever the outcome, good for Nine Inch Nails fans for questioning what they thought was jive and going after it. Then again, this whole thing might also mean that we're all getting a little older and just haven't heard of The Bravery yet. Until now. 

On a sad note, the former home of Johnny Cash and June Carter burnt to the ground this week; that beautiful house on the lake where so much great music was created.

"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music."
-Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without A Country

The Spin I'm In: Nailed?

Song

Artist

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Every Day Is Exactly the Same

Nine Inch Nails

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Sirens n Stereos

Troy Gregory And The Stepsisters

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La La La

The Bird and the Bee

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Awake

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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I Got Stripes

Johnny Cash

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Tennessee Flat-Top Box

Johnny Cash

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Tall Lover Man

June Carter Cash

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.

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