...a dark underworld of the music business. I figured that would catch a few eyes. Here's the deal. I was just listening to some streaming music and "Wannabe" came on. I must say that I was boppin around my office as I did some paperwork. It caught my attention enough for me to look them up online and find out the #'s on their earnings. Some factoids: they earned $47M in 1997, $30M in 1998. Simon Fuller (the genius ) Anyway, here is the can of worms I was looking to open. YES- they were pure cheese. YES- it wasn't musicianship. YES- it was marketing. YES- crap music like theirs makes my ears hurt (except that Wannabe song!) YES- it was just taking hold of a dumbed down public and making $...all those things. But.... forever and ever- they don't haves jobs to worry about, paperwork to do, studios to run just to put food on the table...etc... I know that you loath them and their type. But, honestly, given the choice, wouldn't you make an ass of yourself or 'sell out' artistically for a year or two for $20M plus? College tuition, church/charity giving, take care of loved ones, family security for generations on end, and...the most coolest...buy new GEAR! Any takers?