Jumping through any hoop or taking advantage of any desperate situation that comes up just to sell a product is harmful. It is.
A lot of what I've done as Nine Inch Nails has been governed by fear. I was trying to keep the songs in a framework that was tough, and I learnt a lot from Jesus and Mary Chain about how to bury nice pop songs in unlistenable noise - the idea being if you can get behind that wall, you find there's a pearl inside.
When fame presented itself to me, I was not at a point in my life where I was equipped to deal with it.
The band Grizzly Bear, I think they're excellent. There's a beauty and a musicality there that I wish would have been in vogue in the late '80s, when I was forming bands.
James L. Petigru