How to Turn Down at $10 Million Record Deal
Naturally, the record companies were all over this and we signing up alternative and punk bands all over the place, which is how groups like Green Day, the Offspring and the Stone Temple Pilots were snapped up.
Atlantic Records had their eye on a very fierce, very uncompromising punk band from Washington DC called Fugazi. In addition to being very good, they had unbelievable street cred. After some underlings were turned away, the label’s legendary head Ahmet Ertegun visited the band backstage after a show in New York with basically a blank check.
The number “ten million” was mentioned, but Fugazi wasn’t interested and sent Ertegun away. Gutsy…
2 thoughts on “How to Turn Down at $10 Million Record Deal”
I remember walking up and down Granville st in the 80's and seeing real punks…poor and stinky. My friends were in a band in the 80's and always talked about bands that "Sold out" and you could tell they would have in a second and I would bet Fugazi had tinges of regret after.
Anyone who thinks that the members of Fugazi regret turning down a major label CLEARLY is not well versed with the band and its ethos. They would give concert goers that were moshing violently their money back in order to have them leave and protect fans, never sold t-shirts, and kept their shows way under what they could have charged.